the mommy button

i have discovered something as a mother.

my builder must have installed them in our home without my knowledge, i know i didn’t ask for them.

i can’t see them, but i know exactly where they are.

they are like hidden mines in my home.

and i step on them every.single.night.

the mommy buttons

do you have them?

they are only activated during the sleeping hours of children.

after reading to my kids before bed, giving snuggles and kisses and prayers, i walk out their doors.

and BOOM!

i have stepped on a mommy button.


there it was, right outside their bedroom doors.

i should’ve known better – after all, i step on them every night.

but, alas, i failed again, stepped on the mommy button and immediately my children call out for me.

yes, they are snug in their beds. yes, i have met their every wish for the night.  yes, i sang them that extra song (way off key, as usual).  all their needs were met.

but as soon as that door closes and i start to think of my night of quiet ahead of me…


it’s almost like they know it’s there…

some nights, i am able to maneuver my way past the mommy buttons outside their doors.

i walk into the playroom to sit down at my desk, giving myself an imaginary pat on the back.

as soon as my buns hit the seat…


wha?!  who?! why would i ever buy a desk chair that has the button already installed?!  i’m sure that wasn’t in the product description.

and of course, after tending to the needs of my chicklets, i trip over the mommy button right outside their doorways again, starting the whole process back at the beginning.

so tell me, do you have mommy buttons in your house? (please say yes!)


  1. 1

    Love, love, LOVE this! Because I could swear that all mommys have those buttons… and only when we have something to do, right?!? (Or we finally DON’T have something to do, and we want to enjoy NOT doing it :)

  2. 2

    Oh girl, you are adorable! This post honestly made me laugh out loud. :)

  3. 3

    HAHAHA!!! I love this! Yes!!! I have many Mommy buttons in my house and I always know I’m going to step on one cause it never fails… always when I’m in a certain spot or starting to do something. UGGHHH!!! MOMMY!!!

    I love this post and your mommy button spots. =)

  4. 4

    love this post…too cute…I am not a mommy yet but I hope to be soon and I would give anything to hear that nightly! btw…your kitchen is amazing and I love all your globes!

  5. 5

    bahahaha!! Yesss!!! every.night. Well, that was an exaggeration, but it feels like every time I’m mid-rear-touching-my-seat-to-finish-that-project-I-started-hours-ago, *somebody* NEEDS *something* {husband included} . . . but I wouldn’t trade it for the world :)

  6. 6

    My mommy button is installed in my bed and its triggered right when my body relaxes into a really comfortable good sleep. I hear “MAMA!!! I’d LIKE TO HOLD YOU!!” Problem is…its too sweet to say no! Alas, I should enjoy those moments while they are here. (I’m doubting she’ll feel the same way when she’s 16). :)

  7. 7

    When I close the bathroom door (with me in the bathroom of course) it sets off the mommy button (alarm). It never fails and it doesn’t matter how old they are. LOL.

  8. 8

    Yes, there is a mommy button by my couch, bathroom, and on my phone somewhere! Great post! Cute topic!!!

  9. 9

    mommy buttons everywhere…right outside their bedroom doorways, all down the hallway and into the kitchen…and very occasionally, the sofa and my bed.

    My kids are 11,9, and 4 and none of them are growing out of it.

    I swear, bedtimes are the hardest around here.

    I just want to kiss and sing and pray and love and walk out the door.
    period. the end.
    yeah, they don’t wanna do it that way.

  10. 10

    Oh. My. Word. That is EXACTLY what I have been dealing with. What a perfect name for it! My girls do this every single night and while some nights I am patient and am willing to sing extra songs, or get the extra juice, or snuggle in bed with them, other nights I just want to pull my hair out. I feel like it’s my time now that I have put in a full day and it’s bedtime.

    But then I remind myself that being a mommy means no time off. It’s the choice I made, and I wouldn’t trade a second. After all, one day I will probably be longing to be able to tuck them in and give extra snuggles.

    Now, let’s just hope I remember that tonight when they push my “mommy button” :)

  11. 11

    thanks for filling me in…, I had no idea what they were called (love the name btw) but yes, we step on them every night in our house. Glad to know I have good company and that this is a something that happens to mothers all over! Thanks for the laugh!

  12. 12

    The mommy (and daddy) button is about halfway down the stairs. If we get so lucky and miss it on the stairs, we hit it just as we sit down on the couch for a little time without the kids. But in the end, I know I would never want to get rid of that button. When my girl is 30 and my boy is 22, I hope that at certain points that button still works.
    Blessing to you!

  13. 13

    ohhhh yes. Every.single.time. Both of the boys. Glad I’m not the only Mama out there with this problem!

  14. 14

    Our button is whenever we say, “Wow she has been asleep for awhile huh? Going on 2 hrs?”….5 seconds later…MAMA!!!! MAMA!!!!!


  15. 15

    Great humor, Lindsey!

  16. 16

    I am not sure if it is the mommy button or the fact that sheets and blankets apparently dehydrate the child upon contact….

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    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life says:

    Yes! We have the same Mommy Buttons. And we built our own house, so they aren’t builder installed ;) Maybe the sneaky kids install them!

    Mine are 4 and 2 and we go back into their rooms at least 2-3 times each. Sometimes more than 10! And that’s after everyone already peed, brushed their teeth, had a drink of water, read their story, said their prayers, and sang their songs. Plus they have their special bedtime music playing….geez! The things we do for our kids!

  18. 18

    First of all..your house is darling.
    Second of all…yes I had Mommy buttons when my kids were little.
    We just crossed over into the older children phase. The buttons have magically disappeared. You will miss them someday.
    Now we just get phone calls at inconvenient times. :)

  19. 19

    I actually told my son who is 6 that i changed my name. He stood there and looked at me like I had four heads, pondered and then said, “mom, mom can I tell you something?” so I literally tried. The mommy button starts as soon as they can talk. Isn’t it funny how you can’t wait for them to say that word, “moma” and then it never stops. When he was two I also had my own personal courtesy flusher in the bathroom. So, I guess he thinks I owe him something…never again do you have peace or privacy…

  20. 20

    Love this post. :)

  21. 21

    This was the best post! So funny and true! I think there is one somewhere in my kitchen too… I always set it off when I start to make dinner! =) Thanks for the laugh to start my day!

  22. 22

    and i thought i was the only one with them installed in my house. my buttons tend to be in the kitchen, on the toliet, in the shower, near the couch…

    wonderful humor – loved the post!

  23. 23

    They are all over my house too! I think there is one in my bed, it seems to go off in the middle of the night, while everyone is supposed to be asleep. “MAMA, MAMA, MAMA!” Someday we will long to hear those words again. At least thats what they say!

  24. 24

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!! PREACH IT SISTAH! This is what life is like with my 2 yr old! I only have the one mind you- not three! But still I can SO relate!

  25. 25

    I know exactly where you are coming from. Oh boy! And your right it doesn’t seem to go off until I sit down or start doing something.

  26. 26

    OH MY YES YES YES. We definitely have those buttons in our house too. But, in a way, sometimes, not all the time mind you, on occasion, when you sit and think about it……..don’t you love it too? Those sweet little babies need and want you with them all the time. “MAMA” is who they call out too even if it’s for nothing more than one more little hug or kiss. How adorable is that—to be loved so totally unconditionally!!! Enjoy it while you can because, well, you know the rest…..

  27. 27

    I can’t believe you posted this today of all days. I was JUST thinking last night, “does every kid do this?” Because no matter how long I linger in his room, how many stories or songs or prayers, he always always always calls me the moment I leave.

  28. 28

    I love this, and I can tell you exactly where the buttons are my house-those nasty builders should have at least warned us that our house came with 5 mommy buttons. I thought they’d grow out of this? But at 5, 6, and 8 we’re not even close!

  29. 29

    I haven’t found one yet, but I bet as soon as I take my daughter out of her crib I will find one!

  30. 30

    Yes, but it is not outside their doors. It’s one step away from their beds. And my 11 month old had one installed on my pillow!!! The nerve.

  31. 31

    This post is so cute…and, dang, so is your house!!! I was just having a discussion with my daughter (almost 4) about not “pushing my buttons” at nighttime. She thinks the idea of pushing my buttons is funny, so now she’ll come out of her room and tell me she wants to “push my buttons.” Backfire!

  32. 32

    Wait til they are teenagers. The Mommy buttons turn into ‘MOM’ buttons. Translated: I don’t need hugs and kisses and a glass of water, I need electronics and clothes and money and stuff. But, I love all the mommy/mom buttons. Kids are wonderful, even when they push our buttons.

    Cute post!

    p.s. and my teenagers still get hugs and kisses. :)

  33. 33

    I nursed my younger daughter until she was 3. Yes, 3 years. She had a sensor that went off if my husband got near ‘her’ (MY) boobies. It didn’t matter if she had been asleep in her bed for 5 min or 5 hours. The alarm went off if he got near me. Aren’t kids something?!?!

  34. 34

    Oh boy, this is awesome! My mommy button moves around the house, or perhaps there are multiple ones. It gets to the couch ahead of me when I am particularly exhausted or when I’m trying to sit at my computer to do some work in the evenings.

  35. 35

    Mine have been installed on any surface that my rear end come in contact with. If I sit down, it sounds the alarm. There must also be one in the shower, because I can’t take one without someone joining me. They have a seat on the stool and talk to me even though I can’t hear what they are saying.

    I loved this post-so funny (and true)!

  36. 36

    Oh my heck, I think we should protest! Surely it was supposed to be a sleep button that has malfunctioned…..good thing they are so darn cute. ;)

  37. 37

    Totally knocked over my giggle box with this post! Loving it.

    And your home is {lovely}.

  38. 38

    At my house, around 11 p.m., the sweet sleeping child will mumble so loudly in her sleep, that the dog will jump up from the floor to see what happened.
    I, too, am in love with your home. And your blog. :)

  39. 39
    Kim Bernhardt says:

    Boy did I need to read this post today! The mommy button has always been in our house but somehow about two weeks ago, more buttons were installed. So glad to read that I am not alone!

  40. 40

    I had a friend that had children older than mine. When I was complaining about the Mommy Button she told me her solution. She would say, “I”m sorry, Mom’s not here. I’m Janet. Mom will be back in the morning.” She taught her children to respect her time, and I could never manage to emulate her, but I always wanted to. But when I pulled out that line, you should have seen my kids face to know that I am not always at their beck and call.

    Loved this post.

  41. 41

    I’m totally cracking up at this post. Anyone who is a mom has experienced those silly mommy buttons! They’re all over my house too. I couldn’t help but giggle at Jen@MamaZen’s comment. I think I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve had an uninterrupted shower in the last 4 years….heck I could count that on half a hand!

    It’s a good thing we love them so stinkin much :)

  42. 42

    Is THAT what is happening!? Well I will definitely check with our next landlords and make sure they don’t have any installed in the next house. I think you might really be on to something because we just went camping earlier this week and when I tucked those babies into their sleeping bags and zipped up their tent… not a word. Sound asleep. My daughter asked me if I took notice of how well she went to bed. There must not be any “Mommy buttons” in the forest!

    Thanks for the smile today.

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    janet caldwell says:

    It’s either the mommy button, or the phone. As soon as I sit down, the phone rings.

  44. 44

    Cute post! Love it! I have the same buttons all over my house.

  45. 45

    LOVE THIS!! Oh boy, can I relate! It is so nice to know that many mommas are experiencing the same.exact.thing. And they are so totally worth it :)

  46. 46

    hahahahaha – this post is so funny and so are the comments. I love it because my mommy buttons have expired. I don’t think there is a grandma button.

  47. 47

    I love how real you and your blog are! Because I am a nurse and work shifts in our house we have mommy and daddy buttons . I used to think that our kids used the mommy and daddy button more because I worked outside the home – how good it is to know that stay at home working moms get calls too!

  48. 48

    I thought I was the only one. Glad to know I’m not alone in mommy-button-world.

    Have a blessed day.

  49. 49

    Yep.totally agree!! And this one… My little girl is taking a nap. After doing some chores and emails I decide to lay down and take a nap. The second I close my eyes “mom!!!!”, she wakes up! :)

  50. 50

    Oh yes….we have lots of those as well. Last night it was on the sofa the minute I pushed play to watch Project Runway. :)

  51. 51

    you would think we would have learned the graceful technique of the squeak-free sneak out from our teenage years, but no matter how hard we try, that darn button always moves on us!
    cute post. :)

  52. 52

    haha! love this post….totally agree.

  53. 53

    My mommy buttons no longer work as my son is grown and gone with children of his own. But I just have to comment on your globe collection. I’m in LOVE. I found one at Goodwill about a year ago but have not found any more since then. I hope to have as many as you so I’ll just keep looking. But I may have to come back and look at yours from time to time =)

  54. 54

    Oh goodness. What an awesomely creative (and TRUE!!) post. One of my favorite motherhood posts from any blog…

  55. 55

    Too funny!

    Gosh I just love to see all the pictures of your house – so beautiful!!! I can’t wait to turn my dining room into an office…. I wish I could have you come help me :)

  56. 56

    Yes I totally have Mommy buttons!!!!!, :)

  57. 57

    Simply hilarious! This is what I am going through EVERY night right now! Thanks!

  58. 58

    seriously so true. my son is now trying to find creative ways to get me to come back up to his room. it used to be “I have to go to the bathroom,” but that wasn’t working, so now he says, “Mommy, I want to say my prayers again.” Who can resist a kid who wants to say his prayers again? He has me figured out. that’s for sure.

  59. 59

    thanks for the chuckle! bedtime is not the problem here (sorry but it’s not), but several other areas are… when my foot hits the pedal to the sewing machine, i’m up to my elbows in dish water or the shower door closes. good thing they are cute.

  60. 60

    Oh yes, the mommy button. I like that description. Mine must be defective, it does off quite a lot. And I could be anywhere, doing anything. :)

  61. 61

    Omg!! I read your blog all the time, but this is the first time I have felt compelled to reply. Tee hee! This happens to me every night! I walk out of their room after reading/singing/praying, etc…, think they are asleep….then, bam! I hear it. “Come lay by me mama.” It never fails. Of course, I think of the quiet I wish for now, but in years to come, I will miss those words. :-)

  62. 62

    Oh my gosh!! So dang cute!! Did you know there are also Daddy buttons that mommy can press after a mommy button has been activated? Sometimes the Daddy button isn’t loud enough for Daddy to hear though! LOL :)

  63. 63

    My mama button is as soon as I sit at my sewing table or while doing homework and then anytime I go to the potty. How do kids know you are in the bathroom but not only do mine yell for me they come and find me if I don’t answer them. I will have to say that once mine are in bed all is quiet in my house for that I guess I don’t mind all the other times (except the potty).

  64. 64

    So funny, So cute and So true! One day….I remind myself that we will step on those mommy buttons and hear nothing. As hard as we try…one day the mommy button will be retired. So each night as I collapse into bed I try to embrace this time in all of our lives. I am so thankful to the Lord that he gave me a mommy button…three of them. Blessings to you and your sweet blog.

  65. 65

    Yes, but mine are on a timer. They don’t turn on until 2am.

  66. 66

    Hahaha, this was funny. Well written. Just last weekend I told my husband that Id wondered why moms I knew were always complaining that every time they entered the bathroom, their kids knew where they went and go after them. Id never experienced it til last week and I felt like I was going to scream myself. I couldnt get away from the “mommmmmy!!!!!!!!!!!” every time I stepped into the bathroom. AGH!!!!!!!!!

  67. 67

    This is great! SO VERY TRUE!

  68. 68

    So funny…i love it, as much as i want to scream when i step on my mommy buttons…i actually love them cause one day when I step on those buttons there will be no reaction. Thanks for a funny post!!

  69. 69

    Certainly: mine is right by the bed and is activated every time I step out of bed for a shower in the morning.

  70. 70

    That was awesome! Very creative! My mommy buttons get set off at bedtime, but mostly when I am on the phone, which isn’t often.

  71. 71

    We have a mommy button in the shower. As soon as I have both feet in, there is a knock at the door. I generally try to ignore it and hope they give up. Sometimes they actually do.

  72. 72

    So funny! I was trying to understand this mystery my self. No there’s a name for it, got it : )

  73. 73
    Devon Carpenter says:

    This is great! You would think after having 9 kids that I would have mastered where they are. Nope. I just have more. I used to think it was the potty seat, but I have discovered it’s on the door knobs on the inside of the potty rooms. There’s also one (I think it’s an alarm) on my secret chocolate stash. You’re too funny.

  74. 74

    I have “mommy buttons”, but they aren’t in use by human children, just dog children. And, oh, how they use them!

  75. 75

    Love this! And those pics! Your house rocks! Love your style.

    {Now to check out those scarves!}

  76. 76

    Believe it or not: There are Mommy buttons in Germany as well, they are available worldwide! Mine is outside our bedroom and the best thing : It works for Daddys too (unfortunately only to wake up Mommy but never the kids)
    (By the way: Our telephone has a mommy button as well – the minute you use it, you have two crying children on your arms and a diaper filling baby right in front of you – it’s magic!!!)

  77. 77

    That’s so funny…we just moved and I still have them. Should have checked on that one. The thing I don’t get is a lot of times Dad is closer…why don’t they ever call “DADDY”. Thanks for the Monday morning giggle!

  78. 78

    I totally have them and mine are pretty old now, I hate to tell you that but you better know that these buttons are built like no other, they will work!!! My buttons are 10 and 13 years old – too old!! Thanks for the laugh!

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