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14 Differences Between a Normal Mom and a Swedish Mom

Sweden Student Work
by Madelaine Triebe May 8, 2016


A normal mom fears the day she has to have the “talk”.
A Swedish mom will comfortably talk and teach you about p-piller, barnmorskan och ungdomsmottagningen.


A normal mom will let you stay inside when the weather is bad.
A Swedish mom will just dress you in galonbyxor and gummistövlar and tell you “Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder.”


A normal mom will try to pick politically correct bedtime stories to read you at night.
A Swedish mom will gladly read you Pippi Långstrump and has no reservations on Snoppen och Snippan being a barn program.


A normal mom will not leave you unaccompanied until you’re allowed to vote.
A Swedish mom gladly let you cycle to handbollsträningen and give you the house keys when you’re ten.


A normal mom will have a sensible idea of what she can cram into a day.
A Swedish mom juggles working full-time, dropping you off at dagis, driving you to football and making spaghetti och köttfärssås for dinner.


A normal mom will see it as her duty to be a part of your life decisions.
A Swedish mom will let you make your own decisions.


A normal mom will go to the bakery and order your birthday cake.
A Swedish mom will make a jordgubbstårta and bake kanelbullar och sockerkaka for your födelsedagskalas.


A normal mom sees candy as an unnecessary means to an end.
A Swedish mom has turned your candy eating into a ritual institutionalizing lördagsgodis and fredagsmys in the family.


A normal mom has to pay for a nanny or expensive day-care if she wants to go back to work.
A Swedish mum will put you in dagis when you’re one-year old and tell you to get along with the other kids. Being a stay-at-home mom was never an option.


A normal mom will have no issues buying cakes and bread in the store
A Swedish mom prides herself of everything she serves being hembakat.


A normal mom will not look like all other moms.
The army of Swedish moms are pragmatic woman, dressed mainly in black and comfortable garments from H&M, Kappahl, Lindex and clothing from MQ for those special occasions.


A normal mom will embrace her femininity with high heels or lipstick.
Dressing up for a Swedish mom means wearing her black Filippa K cardigan.


A normal mom will be happy to have you living at home as long as possible.
A Swedish mom will gladly let you move out of the house when you are eighteen and help you buy your first etta i stan.


A normal mom has moderate approach to working out
A Swedish mom goes to Friskis och Svettis, spinning, body balance, crossfit, and runs six days a week.

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