Author Archives: STFU Parents

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

While these posts are funny, they often seem to translate to, “I’m a MOM now, so don’t ask me to “go out for drinks” unless they come in a sippy cup! And no, I won’t attend events that require attire other than yoga pants, and I won’t apologize for not caring about your meaningless life when I’ve got my awesome kid on my mind, because guess what? He’s more interesting than your marathon training or political views or whatever it is you want to chat about.” More »

STFU Parents: Mommyjacking With Too Much Unnecessary Information

STFU Parents: Mommyjacking With Too Much Unnecessary Information

It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t posted a single mommyjacking column this entire year, which is downright shameful. While we’ve previously seen our fair share of parental hijacking in columns about know-it-alls, milestones, one-uppers, non-sequiturs, birthdays, holidays, people who are childfree, and, of course, the difficulties of work when you’re a mom, there are always new mommyjacking themes emerging in my files. More »

STFU Parents: Finding Solidarity With Irritated Parents On Facebook

STFU Parents: Finding Solidarity With Irritated Parents On Facebook

I never said that I hate babies (I don’t), and the purpose of “STFU, Parents” is not to say, “Your friends don’t want to see pictures of your child, so don’t post them.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to reassure people that posting occasional (meaning fewer than 10 a day) photos of their kids online is fine, and that most people, including me, enjoy seeing them. More »

STFU Parents: Parents Who Get Explosively Angry About Fourth Of July Fireworks Need To Chill

STFU Parents: Parents Who Get Explosively Angry About Fourth Of July Fireworks Need To Chill

Last year, I wrote a Fourth of July column advising parents not to overreact to predictably loud and annoying holiday fireworks by complaining profusely on Facebook. No one listened to me. Granted, it could be because parents’ ears were punctured and rendered useless by the cries of their sleeping babies, barks of their dogs, and repeated booms outside their bedroom windows — but let’s be honest here: We are a nation that doesn’t live in a war zone (where I imagine that children’s sleeping patterns aren’t exactly top priority), and beyond that, we are a nation that loves guns, which also make loud booms and also happen to kill people every single day of the year. There’s an irony to people complaining quite vocally, and angrily, about loud fireworks, when we actually have far more restrictions against setting off fireworks in the United States than we do against owning guns. More »

STFU Parents: The Horror And Hilarity Of Couples’ Maternity Photo Shoots On Facebook

STFU Parents: The Horror And Hilarity Of Couples' Maternity Photo Shoots On Facebook

Like a woman who gives birth once a year, it’s time for my 3rd annual WTF maternity pics round-up. In the past, we’ve seen showy examples ranging from “basic” (painted bellies, heart hands, belly kisses) to “boudoir/pin-up/goddess/angel-style” (weird chiffon, close-ups, artsy angles, on the bed, wearing bad underwear, nude/semi-nude/in the bath/omg my eyes/why/why/why) — and yet each year, I still feel like some pregnancy belly submissions have been left unturned. More »

STFU Parents: First Periods, Armpit Hairs, And Other Topics Parents Shouldn’t Share About Their Teen Kids On Facebook

STFU Parents:  First Periods, Armpit Hairs, And Other Topics Parents Shouldn't Share About Their Teen Kids On Facebook

This week, Hello Flo surfed a very high crimson wave with its new commercial “First Moon Party,” which has racked up more than six million views in just three days (so far). Aside from being extremely entertaining, the (period) spot got me thinking about how parents don’t really stop oversharing once their baby becomes a toddler, or once their first grader enters junior high. For parents who love sharing information about their children, no age is “too old,” and no information is “too private,” especially on sites like Facebook which have become ground zero for overshare. If a kid hits a new milestone, be it “first steps” or “first pubic hairs,” for many parents the immediate reaction is to praise the child on the internet. More »

STFU Parents: Happy Father’s Day To Funny Dads On Facebook

STFU Parents: Happy Father's Day To Funny Dads On Facebook

In case you haven’t been reading the internet or noticing the signs in every single retail outlet across America and beyond, Father’s Day is this Sunday! Go, dads! In honor of this very important Day of Dad — the day in which we all try to come up with stuff that dads like aside from grilling, golfing, drinking beer, and wearing socks — I’ve chosen to go the celebratory route for the third year in a row. Sure, I could write a column about deadbeat dads and point out how many single mothers use Father’s Day as an opportunity to trash their kids’ father(s) on social media, but you know, that’s not nearly as fun as giving props to funny dads who have earned Gold Stars. More »

STFU Parents: Moms, Modesty, And Lady Shaming On Facebook

STFU Parents: Moms, Modesty, And Lady Shaming On Facebook

Over the years, I’ve learned that a consequence of raising awareness of certain issues, especially issues surrounding gender and sexuality, is backlash to what is perceived as “overload.” The chorus of voices that unite to challenge the status quo can sometimes be heard “too loudly.” In other words, it’s fine for people to fight their battles, but don’t fight too much or it’s annoying. A good example of this effect might be the #YesAllWomen campaign, which both widened the conversation about gender equality and societal treatment of women, and repelled some people because of its sudden ubiquity on social media and in the news. Pervasive discussion about certain subjects can overwhelm people, or at least their social media feeds, and does occasionally come off as mere slacktivism. More »