As a parent there are many scenarios in which wearing either a ‘Mom Bun’ or a ‘Man Bun’ can be beneficial for you.
Let me explain via a couple hypothetical examples why this could be true.
Scenario No. One
You’ve been invited by a parent you met at the park to their home for a group play date. They were very clear about the group play date being during a specific time block because of nap schedules and also insisted that you be on time so your children won’t miss any of the fun.
You planned everything the night before and laid out everyone’s clean outfits, filled a bag with diapers/pull-ups, extra underwear and clothing, special stuffed animals/blankets, snacks, keys, wallet and wet wipes.
You’ve filled the freezer with frozen waffles and even arranged the plates and forks for breakfast already. There are reminders set on your phone to prompt you when it’s time to wake up, to be done with breakfast, to get dressed, put shoes and coats on and leave.
The following morning as you are getting ready during the allotted time slot you gave yourself one of the children falls off of the couch and hurts themselves. You rush out to attend to them and ten minutes later they are well enough for you to leave them (on the same couch) watching the original Aladdin on Disney+.
Just as you are back in your bathroom to finish your face routine the reminder to put shoes and coats on beeps at you from your Apple Watch. You haven’t even started on your hair yet and as you begin mentally calculating how you can fit in an extra two minutes to at least do something with your hair you hear your child start howling from the living room again.
At this point you basically have two options.
1. You can comfort your child (who didn’t learn their lesson and fell off of the couch again) while sending a DM to the new parent to tell them you’ll be late. This will most likely be followed by an uncomfortable play date (because you were late) with a group of people who will most likely never invite you again.
2. Your second option is to bribe your child with an especially yummy snack (marshmallows are fine), put shoes and coats on and head out the door on time with your hair as is (it’s in either a Man Bun or a Mom Bun). If you’re a Dad, all the parents will secretly be impressed by your Man Bun and either wish they had the guts to ask you for a tutorial or wish their significant other knew how to wear a Man Bun like you do. If you’re a Mom the other parents will note your Mom Bun and your punctuality and in response may view you as dependable and authentic and be fighting over who gets you next.
[You may also receive Bonus Points with the other parents in Mom or Man Buns who feel a natural camaraderie with you because of the shared shame.]
Scenario No. Two
You’ve had a rough day.
The baby is teething and for some reason your four YO has decided to start asking you for a “second Mommy.” You already had to load them up to take your 10 YO their forgotten P.E. shoes during nap time and on top of everything the toddler keeps calling every person they perceive to be a man “Daddy.”
Now you’re in the car on the way to pick up your child from school and chauffeur them to practice and the toddler will not stop screaming for ‘Baby Shark’. Forced to submit, you turn on the requested song and simultaneously begin to tune out the music as you try to reach deep within the recesses of your mind for the sanity you know was once there. The lights in your rear view mirror and the sound of the police siren jolt you back to your current existence and you realize with horror that you’re driving ten miles over the speed limit near a school zone.
At this point there are two ways the Officer can view you.
1. If the Officer sees a person who looks well rested and has their hair done they will assume this person has time to obey the law. This person may be viewed with disgust by the Officer who may even choose to write an additional ticket for the crack in the windshield.
2. If what the Officer sees is nothing but the shell of who that person once was before parenthood they may have mercy and use understanding when deciding whether to write a ticket or not. After all, you aren’t quite in the school zone yet and school isn’t quite out yet. Your chances of the Officer perceiving you as this second described person is far greater if you’re wearing your hair in the same Man or Mom Bun that you were wearing last night.
In conclusion, I view the Mom Bun and the Man Bun as extremely viable options for parents to use when styling their hair and I strongly urge all of you to apply this style strategy in your day to day lives.
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