• Tue, Nov 6 2012

STFU Parents: 5 Parents Who Are Talking 2012 Election Time On Facebook

Election Day is (FINALLY) here, and I know no better way to celebrate than to round up several related submissions written by parents on Facebook. “But what are parents talking about that’s related to both the election and parenthood?”, you might be asking yourself. Well, several things! After all, this election affects us all in myriad ways. We’re voting on healthcare reform, civil rights, women’s rights, public arts, public education — all things that profoundly impact parents and their children’s development. But, that’s not what the parents in today’s column are talking about. They’ve got a few other messages they’d like to get out.

For instance, some parents don’t really give a damn who they vote for, as long as it’s NOT for the guy whose campaigning is crimping their style.

STFU Parents

Amber does have a point in that it can be annoying to receive unexpected visitors. However, something tells me these visitors came by during normal business hours, and, let’s face it, they’re performing a civic duty that many of us have chosen not to do. Personally, I gave up “door-to-door harassment” after being a Girl Scout, and then again after selling the newspaper door-to-door after college, and I know what it’s like to see people exasperated and uninterested in chatting. But you know what I learned? For every 100 houses, at least 5 people bought the paper. And when I was a Girl Scout, even more people bought cookies. So, STFU, Amber. I respect and support everyone out there trying to campaign for their candidate because that is the goddamn American way. And that goes for people campaigning on foot as well as in call centers.

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  • Justme

    I hate to break it to you #3, but people with a lot less skills than knowing their age and being potty-trained have made it into the White House.

    • LiteBrite

      I thought #3 was actually being sarcastic; i.e. she wasn’t serious about her kid being future President. Then again, people always surprise me.

      Eh. I’m just glad Mitt Romney won’t be calling my house anymore. :)

  • guest

    Is that last one really a daddy jacking, though? If he’s just repeating what’s on the sign in the background? (A sign the child/stroller were maybe posed in front of?)

    • PK

      Also, if he had ended his sentence with ?! instead of !! it would mean a completely different thing. It makes me wonder if he was really sure of what he was saying.

    • katydid0605

      why would he have ended it with ?! ? He saw the sign in the picture and was professing his support (not that im saying this was appropriate for him to do ont he pic)

    • K.

      I was a little confused too, but not in the same way–is that an example of daddyjacking? Isn’t it electionjacking or politics-jacking or Romneyjacking or something along those lines?

      You do have eagle-eyes though–I didn’t notice the sign in the background! It’s still an obnoxious comment (Colby’s, not yours!) either way, but it made more sense to me when you pointed that out.

      On the plus side, I feel like anyone who reads that post would also find Colby a jackass. It’s like being at a cocktail party and watching someone butt into a conversation about Proust with some anecdote about their foot fungus or something.

    • Kay

      I felt Colby was trying to act like a goof, purposely making an out of left field comment and even making light of his Romney/Ryan fervor so I thought it was kind of funny.

  • goofyjj

    A forgot to mention that her son is 37.

  • http://twitter.com/MewMew34 Mew Mew

    I hate when people get pissy over people calling or knocking on the door when Snowflake is sleeping. First off, how are they supposed to know your damned kid is sleeping? Second, isn’t it better that your kid learn to sleep through everyday noises, so they aren’t waking up every time the phone rings?

    • Nichole

      EXACTLY! Someone recently got upset because I was talking too loud around her sleeping baby. I was like, “Pfft, my mom has told me many stories about how she vacuumed under my crib while I was napping!” Not to mention, I slept through the SWAT Team swarming around our house one night when I was about 6 or 7! (They didn’t know if they were responding to a complaint about us or the neighbors….it was the neighbors. Neither do I agree with though; someone shooting off a gun for target practice in the sticks is nothing to get excited over, for crying out freaking loud!)
      Anyway, back on point here, if you allow everyday noises around a baby, they will learn to sleep through them. Otherwise, tape a god damn note to the door!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.renee.reuter Mary Renee Reuter

      yeah, our apartment building is next to the fire station, my daughter can sleep through ANYTHING.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lindsay.simms.3 Lindsay Simms

    #1: I live in Florida, and have received *checks phone log* fourteen phone calls this week alone. I live in a secured apartment complex on-campus, so have not received any door-to-door visitors. At least half of those phone calls occurred while I was in class/taking a test/studying/sleeping because I’m a college kid and we need our sleep more than your baby does dammit. What did I do about it? I told them I’d done early voting (which was the truth), and thanked them for their civil service. I sure as hell don’t want to spend my free time calling apathetic, and often rude, people up to make sure they know they can exercise one of their biggest rights as an American.

    Voting is a privilege, as is having people annoy you to remind you.

  • anon

    Usually these are really good, but this batch was really weak. Stretching it. Why is it a problem for people to get pissed when someone wakes their baby? Most of these seemed like pretty normal statuses to me.

    • kirsten

      You’ll notice B wasn’t too hard on them, so the vibe I’m getting is that this post is a light-hearted election-themed post in honor of the day. Not every post is equally gross, thankfully (I’ve seen enough placentas to last awhile). Sorry that these weren’t up to your standards, but write your own blog if you want to control the content.

    • STFUParents

      Thank you for explaining this, Kirsten. You said it far more succinctly and nicely than I could. @ anon, my last three columns were “gross-themed,” and I thought this post would be a nice way to lighten up the column as well as post on something topical. I also like to take the “pulse” of how parents use social media, because I find it interesting, and all of that is what this post is about.

    • Tinyfaeri

      And for the break from grossness, we thank you. :)

  • K.

    I hate it when parents complain about rings and doorbells.

    #1: modern phones have this super cool feature that turns the ringer off.
    #2: tape over the doorbell and a sign that says it’s broken and to knock instead goes a long way.

    …do these people have brains or is life too much fun being persecuted in the first world?

  • lea

    I don’t know guys, I’m kinda with the mombies on the phone calls and home visits. Not because of the pwecious sleeping babbies, but because I HATE my home being intruded on by uninvited people- by phone or in person.
    If you want to approach me in the street, fine, I can chose to avoid you, but corner me in my own home, the one place I should expect to be left alone, and I’ll be pissy.
    (thankfully politicians don’t do a great deal of door knocking here in Aus- voting is compulsory, so they’ll hound you at the polling stations instead).

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

    Well, Colby sure is a grade-A asshat.

    Let’s all be grateful that it’s over (for now).

  • Blueathena623

    Ugh, I had a mom pulling a number 4 alllllll last night. It was like “forget politics– look at her raised eyebrows!” “Ohio, schmohio, she put her eyebrows back down!” and “forget these guys, vote (baby)/(mommy)!!!” If it wasn’t for the fact that she’s starting to pull some real crazy that I want to catch and submit I would hide her.

  • bellabutton

    I saw a lot of “oh, tolightening the political mood, her is a picture/story about my precious baby” yada yada – I’d honestly rathe hear about politics than other people’ kids. At least I care about politics.

    • belabutton

      Wow, I must be half asleep typing b/c there were so many spelling errors in my post lol Sorry…

  • RCIAG

    After this election #4 is actually not so bad. It’s a nice change from the million campaign ads we were inundated with.

  • Persistent Cat

    The only one that really bugged me was the woman saying she wouldn’t vote for the candidate calling/knocking. Yes, it’s annoying. I’ve been on both sides and neither are fun but it’s what’s done. At least the politician thinks you’re worth it. I helped one campaign where the candidate couldn’t be bothered to visit poorer neighbourhoods because they didn’t exist in his opinion (he was family, had no choice to help and he lost).

    But to assume that the world should revolve around you is beyond ignorant. Believe it or not, the world continues to function while baby is sleeping. Now I’m thinking of my favourite STFU submission about the woman who went into the rest stop bathroom and asked everyone to STFU and not use the facilities. That submission was awesome.

  • Aisleenf

    The parents who complain when someone calls or rings the doorbell drive me nuts. I have a 3 month old. Guess what? He doesn’t wake up when the phone rings, the door bell chimes or my 2 large dogs bark. Why? Because I was never part of the “the whole world must be quiet while my child sleeps” or the “I am pregnant and it must be quiet for the fetus in my womb” population. What’s going to happen when these babies/children go to day care or school and during nap time there are other children around, making noise? Will you go tape their mouths shut? Then again, I never posted status updates about my pregnancy, how dilated I was or labor. I also didn’t post pictures of the birth nor have I posted pictures of my naked son, what he does in his diaper or when he vomits. I never will. Why? Because I like my friends & if I, myself, don’t want to see pictures of that nonsense, why should I subject my friends to it? I think people should be subjected to an IQ test before procreating. Now I think we should make people take an IQ test before getting their voter registration card. If you’re dumb enough to post updates like these, then you shouldn’t get to vote!

  • Hollie

    Colby cracked me up, honestly. Ah, Romneyjacking.

  • katzenmama

    If you don’t want to be disturbed when your baby is napping, turn off the phone ringer and tape a “do not disturb” signs on you door and doorbell. Simple.

  • Brikkz

    Wiggles and nap times? Hecks yeah where do I sign up……..
    Oh and the bragging mom was the worst! Hashtags on facebook, that’s a paddlin
    And bragging about stupid shit you bet your ass that’s a paddlin. Nothing she bragged about was brag worthy unless the kid is like 8 months old. I might see that as some superior ability.

  • Brikkz

    Sorry no matter which candidate Colby said I would have laughed my ass off. Finally someone jacking a mom instead of the other way around. That was awesome! :P