Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What the? Personal Business Cards for Mums?


We are the most important people to know
Yes, you heard right. I am assuming that, just like me, you didn't know that their were personalised business cards for mums. I laughed so much when I came across these parent cards on Vista Print. I thought that's a bit uppity, a bit snobbish, and presuming. I pictured meeting a nice mum in the park, introducing ourselves and then (self-important) mummy-me saying "so we should catch up some time, here's my card." GASP! How would you react if another mum gave you her parent card? Would you think it was distasteful, and precious? Picture a similar scenario again but this time with the snobbiest english accent you can muster in your head: "If you'd like to have tea with me sometime and bring sweet little Andy to play with my Reginald that would just be so lovely. Here's my mummy-card. Call me darling." Right? Too Weird.

From Reginald's mum, darling (Vista-print)
But is it weird? Is this idea reserved for those mums who's children go to first class day care, or sit on the board of 'Wipe Their Bottoms Gently,' or host lavish dinner parties until late at night because they can always afford a nanny  babysitter? I couldn't set this idea down. I thought some more about it, and why I was initially to resistant to the idea. I think I've done a 180 now.

I now think this might actually be pure genius. Hear me out. When you get pregnant and that little parasite leeches on you they steal precious information from your memory banks and you are never the same. So for someone like me who struggles so hard to remember the name of a nice fun mum and child we just met (and want to take home with us but it would be awkward to ask) this is actually a God send. I imagine myself with a little business card holder full of all my new-friend's mum cards, and never looking like a dill when we run into them again and can't remember their names. This happened to me recently at a friend's house. Her mum-friend popped by, who I see at all sorts of social things so is now an acquaintance, and for some reason I got in my head that her name should be Natalie but it's not, it's Nicole. I sneaky and embarrassingly had to ask my friend what her friend's name was, when all I would have done if she had given me a mum-card would be to have a sneaky look in my compendium. What? Don't all parents carry a compendium?
From the parent who just loves having everyone else's kid over at their house. Get their card.
I know we aren't at school age yet but I know this would happen all the time to parents who pick their kids up from school and can't remember little Mike's mum's name, or even little Mike's name. You now know it's Mike though right. Good, don't forget. Oh you just did. You better get yourself some parent cards then, biatch!
Here are some more examples of parent cards that I pulled off the Vista Print Website, when I was hunting for a blogger card. (I ended up getting them from Prinstagram instead, after all that - see here cause they turned out pretty cool).
From the mum who's child you never want to have over again. They will wreck your shit.
From the parent who may send your kid home with some fresh ink
For the mum that loves to do laundry so much that she even rubbed washing powder on these to make them scented
From the angry parent because you ignored this card when they gave it to you
From the richest kid in class because he has his own mobile at 6 yrs old and his own card
From the yummy mummy who isn't really, and wants to be a teen-thin thing again. She will drink heavily tonight
From the mum who wants to be friend's with the 'yummy mummy-who isn't' to play poker and drink heavily tonight
From the parent of a dog. You know the one ... they think having a kid and dog is the same thing. Destroy this or get them pregnant.
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48 comments:

  1. Yeah, look. I've just resigned myself to being known as "Aidan's Mum" for the next 18 years. I figure it's easier that way.

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  2. I must say if I was given one I'd have a hard time not laughing!

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  3. Lol. Love your descriptions underneath the business cards. Yeah, I think I would find it seriously weird if a mum handed me one at daycare or the park, but on the same token I can appreciate how useful they are!

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  4. I'd have a hard time laughing too.

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  5. Oh yes, the ole parent card. Have seen these on VP. Surely no one actually uses them???

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  6. Kathy www.yinyangmother.comOctober 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    For real! Although it would be easier than adding a contact into your phone against the name 'Peyton's Mum' because you know you will forget her name is Zara. Doesn't everyone file their 'mum acquaintances' under their child's name so you can remember them for later (and hope you don't forget the kid's name)?

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  7. Oh I have seen this around. You know what in some cases - they are a good idea - but maybe not the best foot forward when you actually want to kick off a friendship with the other mum's!

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  8. I think it would be a good idea to put in a kid's school bag, or sleepover bag, or whatever. But that is pretty much it! :D

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  9. I think these are a genius idea, I am absolutely getting some now that the concept has been introduced! I already hand out my bloggers card with my mobile anytime I meet someone new in my kids circle, I would absolutely hand out a mummy's card!

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  10. I think it's a fab idea! Great for school kids to have in their bag. So much easier than finding a piece of paper to jot someone's number down.

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  11. This could work, but only if we had pics of the mum on them. Because if you're like me, you know the face, but not the name, but if you had a wallet full of cards, you would know the name and not the face, and then call someone Simone when they're name is Dianne, because both Simone and Dianne gave you a card last week, and they both have a child called Cooper. (Longest sentence ever there.)
    Funnily enough this morning a mum at school stopped me at the supermarket and said 'hi Jess.' I can not for the life of me remember her name, but I do know her son's. Although I've never met him.
    Photos. We need photos.

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  12. Also is it weird I love the idea of cards that smell like washing powder?

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  13. I think these would be a good ice breaker for new mums at the school gate. I even think they would be good to hand out with party invites so that if you really enjoyed the party, you could connect with them again without it being all awkward.

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  14. @EssentiallyJess I love the smell of washing powder and American Downy fabric softener, so you can see how I came up with that idea, eh. I had that thought ... about photos after I wrote this. I sometimes think two mums slightly look alike and then am forever mixing them up.

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  15. @The Plumbette and writing the name and number down doesn't happen to often. It usually goes into the phone right? Maybe the problem would be solved if everyone just let us use our smart phone to take a photo of them for our phone contacts. That's an awkward thing to do but if we all did it it could work ... Do you agree @EssentiallyJess

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  16. @Elise When I was at the Myer event I felt awkward handing my blogger card out. I did it but still. So I imagine I'd feel that much weirder about this idea. BUT once my son is school age I may feel differently.

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  17. So you like the emergency number and allergy card idea then @stufffromthesuburbs that would be the card for you ;)

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  18. I agree with you. AND It doesn't seem like something Newcastle mums would be too keen on. Seems a bit too big city for their britches? I think sometimes they are in denial that Newcastle is actually 6th largest city in Oz, they still act small town. @Josefa @always Josefa

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  19. I have a couple in my phone that are like this Denise (Carl's mum) Ph 041111156 @Kathy www.yinyangmother.com does that help? Only if you know who Carl is. ha

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  20. I can't wait for the moment I am handed one. I have to get my Canadian/American friends to weigh in here and tell me if this is something that happens over there ...

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  21. @Mystery Case Maybe SAHM should be thinking more highly of themselves so we don't laugh when ideas like this come up. AFTER all our job is the hardest. OKAY I'm still laughing...

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  22. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me I love that you noticed my captions. YES! We do like practical and useful don't we.

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  23. Like a shocked laugh right? @HandbagMafia

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  24. I thought you introduced yourself as Hugzilla. That would be easy for everyone to remember, Mel!

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  25. @TeganMC What about that annoying mum you just met for 2 seconds and already she's trying to add you to Facebook. Another problem all together. But you know the type and you probably don't want to give them a card...

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  26. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun LifeOctober 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Interesting idea but knowing me I'd lose all the cards given to me in the bottomless pit of my bag before I could organise them anywhere useful.

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  27. I don't think this would be too weird ... but I'd want it in an electronic form because I don't want to be carrying every new mum I meet's business card on me. Plus lets save the trees and minimise paper usage. Potential app idea for mum's ... hmm

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  28. I probably wouldn't bother getting cards printed just to hand out at school, but I do have one for my blog with a photo of my girls on the back and I've given that to a few school parents when I've needed to give them my email address or phone number.

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  29. What next! I'm with you though - at first I thought it was a bit OTT but the more I think about it, the more I'm thinking it's not a bad idea!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

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  30. I think it's a great idea but I think I'd be too embarrassed to use it for fear of the other mums thinking it was totally naff. LOL. I have met mums and thought "we could be friends"! but it is a bit awks to say to someone you just met "I think we click, do you want to be friends?" maybe this card could be the ice breaker. Interesting idea!

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  31. @Aroha @ Colours of Sunset Welcome! I love that you used the word Naff. What a good word! I think I'd be way too embarrassed too. Sometimes you just know with someone if it's ok to take it to the next level of "hey...add me on fb" or something. However some people have no clue about that either so...I'm lost.

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  32. @Janet aka Middle Aged Mama Hello lovely Janet. Thanks for the comment! Glad you're with me on it!

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  33. @Emma Fahy Davis Cool idea. Some of my blogger contact cards have my sons face on them too. I could do that.

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  34. @Cam @ Gen-Y Mum You just became a mum-u-lair (millionaire) with your brand new app. Do it!

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  35. Oh yes- The problem of the Mary poppins bag.

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  36. Bubfriendly WinnieOctober 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Great idea I agree in terms of remembering other mums names. There is this mum who is the wife of a colleague that we constantly meet at lots of social functions as we have common friends but I had forgotten her name - its soooo embarassing!!! But then again if I hand a mummy card out I'm not sure if people will think I'm weird or not

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  37. I see why it'd be good to remember people's names, I still think it might come across as a bit pretentious though. I printed off 250 business cards for my blog and I think I've only given out about 20 of them because I'm always to pussy to give them out incase I look snobby lol.

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  38. I'm always struggling to remember parents' names. I'm not about to have any printed, but I'd love to have a little roladex of the Big Sister's friends parents!
    Your description of the people printing these cards is spot-on Jess!

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  39. Shocked and I'd be wondering how much time this Mama had on her hands ;) I would t hold it against her though ;)

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  40. I LOVE it when people give me a card and say - let's go for coffee!
    Just apply the "don't be a dick" rule and all is well. Anytime I do the same and get a weird look (often) I just figure it saves me time & think 'thanks for self selecting out!'

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  41. This would save me a lot of mumbling when I see someone that I've met, and forgotten their name! I'm terrible for thinking that someone's name should really be something else. And once it's in my head, it stays there lol.
    I bet by the time you're a school mum Jess, these are a real thing that is totally acceptable.
    Love your captions! x

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  42. Bahahaha, this is the funniest thing I have read all week! I can totally see your point on the handiness-because-of-persisting-baby-brain factor though, because I am shocking at remembering people's names. Never forget a face, struggle with the names. It's a curse, especially when I see a face and then I stay awake all night trying to figure out who it was, only to realise that it was the woman who used to walk her dog in the morning past me when I walked to school in year 2! And I'm now 32! Yeah, that happened and that's how well I remember faces.

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  43. WHAT? @Kylie Purtell, A Study in Cont I am so freaking impressed be your facial recognition software that you have built into that brain of yours. YEAR 2! Whoa.
    And thanks for saying this is the funniest thing you've read all week. My goal was to make people smile with this one ...

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  44. @Lisa @ Random Acts Of Zen YUP! I think you are right. This will one day be acceptable. My friend here in Newy says she's been handed 3 of these cards at her kid's school.
    Thank you for taking the time to also read my captions. When in doubt of someones name always say "Hey...you!"

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  45. @Amanda Smyth Thank you. Just goes to show you how many creepy people exist in the world if you think these are spot on. haha

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  46. @Toni The trick is to act all shy and embarrassed and humble when you hand them out. Then people will still think you're awesome. Especially in Australia where we suffer so much from Tall Poppy Syndrome

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  47. I like to think i'm weird regardless of handing out cards, so I think doing it would just confirm it in everyone's mind? ha! @Bubfriendly Winnie

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  48. Oh gosh I am really not sure about a Mummy Card! I don't even have a blogging card....I keep saying that I should get some but never do!
    I guess its a good thing cause I am hopeless with remembering names, but at the same time it does seem weird :)

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