Topic: Facebook

Pregnant Woman Busted After Posting Shoplifted Dress Snaps On Facebook

Pregnant Woman Busted After Posting Shoplifted Dress Snaps On Facebook

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, pregnant woman goes into a store, shoplifts an ugly dress, posts the images on Facebook and gets busted after people in her hometown recognize the ugly dress and turn her in. No, you haven’t heard this one before? That’s right, because most pregnant women wouldn’t risk a police record to steal a dress that looks like Lisa Frank created it in the early 80′s. More »

doTERRA US Founder Deals With Son’s Burn Tragedy… By Shilling Products?

doTERRA US Founder Deals With Son's Burn Tragedy... By Shilling Products?

On July 2, 15-year-old Max Goddard was a victim of a horrific explosion.  According to his website there was an explosion, he caught on fire, and he ended up with third degree burns on 30% of his body (with second degree burns on another 10% of his body).  His father detailed the parents’ response on a blog post: as any parent in a crisis would do, they immediately doused him with essential oils, gave him a bath, and then drove to the hospital. More »

Girl Uses Butt Selfie To Prove Bullies Wrong

Girl Uses Butt Selfie To Prove Bullies Wrong

I stumbled across a post on my Facebook feed that put a huge smile on my face today. A mom was sharing a story of her daughter being bullied by some peers at her school. The way her daughter responded to her bullies could teach us all a bit about knowing our self worth, knowing when we’re right, and knowing how to stand in our skin and say, “This is me.” 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 »

Facebook Parenting:The Hot New Parenting Style You Have To Try

Facebook Parenting:The Hot New Parenting Style You Have To Try

This weekend I was cruising Facebook, looking for people’s ideas to steal, when I stumbled across a post someone had put up about how their child had recently learned to recite the entire Epic of Gilgamesh in its original Akkadian and I wondered, how can that be? The most I’ve ever seen this child do is eat handfuls of dirt and scream if you change the channel when Bubble Guppies is on. 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 »

I’m So Sick Of ‘Pinnable Parenting’ – Where Moms Need Everything Pinterest Perfect

I'm So Sick Of 'Pinnable Parenting' - Where Moms Need Everything Pinterest Perfect

Growing up in the 1970s, a great deal of my childhood was spent on my parent’s cracked linoleum floor, surrounded by avocado green appliances and flocked, floral wallpaper, dumping measuring cup after measuring cup of lukewarm water into an old saucepan or a tomato-sauce stained Tupperware container. I sat on a frayed beach towel with bleach spots, folded to make it more comfortable for my scrawny toddler body, my mom in a housecoat sharing a cup of instant coffee and smoking cigarettes with one of her friends who was probably dressed the same.

There was no Pinterest. 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 »

The Mommyish Guide To Using Facebook Hashtags Without Embarrassing Yourself

The Mommyish Guide To Using Facebook Hashtags Without Embarrassing Yourself

If you’re a mom, you’re obviously really cool. You know what’s up, and the odds are that you use Facebook—to keep in touch with friends and family and splash pictures of your adorable baby all over your private corner of the Internet. I don’t blame you. I do the same thing. If you’re really cool, you may even use Twitter. But we don’t have to go there just yet. More »