Topic: STFU Parents

STFU Parents:Being A Mother Is The Toughest Job In The World. We Know.

STFU Parents:Being A Mother Is The Toughest Job In The World. We Know.

Over at STFU, Parents, I regularly hear from mothers who share a common gripe. They’re sick of being pandered to. They’ve heard enough about how hard and unforgiving their “jobs” are as parents. And yet everywhere they turn, advertisers are throwing roses at their feet in the hopes of scoring all that precious Mom Money that executives talk about during brainstorms in conference rooms. “Who’s the number one target?” Moms. (A lot.) “How do we reach moms?” Well, first you exalt them and tell them that they have the hardest, most thankless job in the entire world, and then you sit back and watch the magic happen on social media! More »

STFU Parents: The 9 Types Of Outraged Parents You’ll Find On The Disney Store’s Facebook Page

STFU Parents: The 9 Types Of Outraged Parents You'll Find On The Disney Store's Facebook Page

After a flurry of press, you may have read the very important news that some parents are flipping out over the shortage of “Frozen” merchandise on the Disney Store Facebook page. As a person with specialized skills in observing crazy parents on Facebook, I spent some time sifting through the madness to reveal the depths of the months-long outrage. More »

STFU Parents: The Various Ways To Announce You’re Pregnant On Facebook, Part II

STFU Parents: The Various Ways To Announce You're Pregnant On Facebook, Part II

If there’s one thing most parents can agree on in 2014, it’s the importance of an artfully crafted pregnancy announcement on Facebook. When I first tackled this unavoidable subject two years ago, we saw examples like the ever-popular Prego spaghetti sauce announcement (which still makes no sense), and talked about whether a person can have “too many” sonogram pictures on her page (answer: yes). Since then, the thought and effort that parents-to-be put into their pregnancy announcements has managed to ramp up on social platforms, because you can never have too much of a good thing. More »

It’s Time To Vote For The Mommyish & STFU Parents March Mayhem Photo Contest!

It's Time To Vote For The Mommyish & STFU Parents March Mayhem Photo Contest!

Are you ready to do some voting and spam your friends and family demanding that they vote for your entires in the Mommyish and STFU Parents March Mayhem photo contest? I am so glad that we don’t have to pick a winner and we can leave all this up to you lovely readers because I would vote for every single one of these kids. Without further ado, here all all of the awesome entires, in no particular order. More »

STFU Parents: Bridging The Overshare Gender Gap: Daddyjacking Is A Thing

STFU Parents: Bridging The Overshare Gender Gap: Daddyjacking Is A Thing

One of the few qualms I have about running STFU, Parents is that mothers of young children tend to “overshare” (and use Facebook) much more than fathers do. This isn’t a problem, per se, but many of the words I use to describe different “types” of oversharers are a play on the word “mom,” which makes the words appear hyper-feminine and applicable only to mothers. More »

STFU Parents: Six Foods Ruined By Parents On Facebook

STFU Parents: Six Foods Ruined By Parents On Facebook

A couple of weeks ago, a tasty new food craze swept the nation. Well, it’s not exactly available to purchase at the supermarket or in any restaurants yet, but I think it’s still fair to say that baby poop sausage raised the eyebrows and churned the stomachs of millions when it was first reported. As a reminder, the report going around (like a disgusting disease) described the sausage scenario (sausenario?) thusly: “Using three strains of probiotic bacteria isolated from the dirty diapers, the investigators cooked up several batches of pork that resembled a type of fermented Mediterranean sausage known as feut.” In other words: YUM. More »

STFU Parents: Woe Is Mom: Daylight Saving Time Edition

STFU Parents: Woe Is Mom: Daylight Saving Time Edition

Twice a year, I receive a variety of “woe is mom”-like submissions about DST (daylight saving time / daylight standard time). But unlike the other two occasions a year that parents complain about a temporary annoyance (fireworks during the Fourth of July and/or New Year’s Eve), I can actually sympathize with parents who think that daylight saving time is a tired old tradition that makes everyone cranky. Most people seem to agree on this sentiment, especially considering the original purpose of DST was to reduce energy usage, and today “the actual effect on overall energy use is heavily disputed.” It’s helpful to get an extension of daylight, of course, but sleep disruptions can be a nuisance, and shifting just one hour can cause a surprising amount of frustration. More »