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STFU Parents: Parents Who Brag About Their Kids’ Achievements On Facebook

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A few years ago, I wrote a column called ‘My Kid Is Awesome,’ which is practically its own category on the STFU, Parents blog. In fact, the blog was inspired over five years ago in part by a mom friend of mine who was tired of reading about how amazing and intelligent anGIFTED!! her friends kids are. (Well, according to them, and maybe some arbitrary test scores, I dunno.) When you’re a parent, you’re bound to be fascinated with each and every achievement your kid makes, whether it’s eating like a champ as an infant, pooping on the potty for the first time as a toddler, or getting that first ‘A’ on a report card in grade school. Every move a child makes for the first several years of his or her life is celebrated with applause, smiles, pats on the back, ice cream treats, and yes, updates on Facebook to make the achievement all the more official.

For a certain set of parents, Facebook is the ultimate baby book. Forget about scrapbooking about these milestones and having no one around to see your handiwork! Facebook (and Instagram, and Pinterest, etc.) has made it possible to share each and every crowning glory from the very small to the monumental, literally the second something happens. The second a kid ties his shoes for the first time, or memorizes thePythagorean theorem, or sings in the talent show, hundreds if not thousands of friends, relatives, former coworkers, and random acquaintances who have never even heard of your kid will know of his or her brilliance. They might even get to watch a video, if they’re lucky. And because so many of us tend to “Like” our parent friends’ updates about their kids’ achievements out of a combination of both joy and pity (sorry, that’s #realtalk), parents are encouraged to share more. Did 50 people “Like” the update about little Nevaeh’s report card in the fall semester? Well, then, why not show everyone how well she did in the spring semester! And let them know that she’s improved her Spanish considerably (más mejorada!), and fill them in on her newfound love of dolphins! Seriously, she’s obsessed with dolphins and knows everything about them! She knows more about dolphins than any kid in her class, FOR SURE. And isn’t everyone delighted by that compelling piece of information?

Not really, no. It’s not that parents’ friends don’t care, exactly, it’s just that there are so many kids being posted about in the average adult’s newsfeed, it’s tough to keep track of them all. It’s hard enough remembering their names and ages and favorite Katy Perry songs, let alone recalling what grade they’re in and how they’re doing in school. And I suppose that’s precisely why some parents pummel us with this prideful information — so we’ll know and remain informed — but honestly, unless your kid is extraordinary, most people aren’t clamoring for updates. (And if they are, they probably go by the names “Grandma” and “Grandpa.”) So now that school is back in session, I thought I’d highlight some examples of achievement updates that parents might think their friends need to know, but that they can actually keep to themselves. Don’t be a braggart on social media, parents. It might make you feel like a great parent, but it can also make you sound like a dick.

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215 Comments

  1. NIGHTHAVEN

    September 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

    thanks I needed a good laugh at parents after reading a Mommy Maytr status this AM “How hard it is to be making home made waffles at 9:30pm because my kids asked for them for breakfast and I NEED/WANT my snowflakes to have THE BEST HOMEMADE food possible… its already hard enough to get up at 6:30am (school walk at 8:30am) to get a 9,8 and 2.5 yr old up and ready… not sure why I am doing this as I mommy ask its “breakfast wars and no one eats what I make anyway”….” UGH WHAT IS WITH MOMMY MARTYRS?????

    • biggerthanthesound

      September 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Gag me with a fork full of waffles.

    • jane

      September 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I will just take a fork full of waffles, please.

    • Angie S

      September 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

      And eat them in front of your special snow flake.

    • Spongeworthy

      September 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Leggo your martyrdom and give the kid a frozen waffle, lady.

    • Emily A.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

      My major beef with frozen waffles is that they get the kid just full enough to get out the door and into the car before they start complaining about being hungry again.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Ah! My mom used to make a peanut butter sandwich with two of them. (Banana, no jam.) Much more filling.

    • brebay

      September 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      peanut butter and honey waffles. best.

    • Litterboxjen

      September 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I used to do the same, minus the banana. Apparently as a little one I liked to eat them with yogurt, too.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

      We throw a bunch of fruit on them. That helps keep them going.

    • LawGeekNYC

      September 11, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Are you throwing the fruit on the kids or on the waffles? Because I see how either could work

    • keelhaulrose

      September 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

      If the big one drags any more rear end getting up in the morning that’s how we’re going to have to feed her as we’re going out to the bus.

    • Spongeworthy

      September 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

      So they’re like the Chinese food of frozen breakfast?

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Oh god I love Chinese food for breakfast.

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Get the whole grain ones and throw some protein in there. Simple carbs don’t fill you up for long.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Seriously, there’s a reason Eggo is a thing, and it’s for just this reason. They even have whole grain waffles now!

    • Spongeworthy

      September 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a waffle, let alone an Eggo, but those new commercials they have showing all the different ways to top one make me hungry.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      I personally hate Eggo, maybe because I have no skills and the middle is always soggy, but I’d much rather toast up a couple Eggos and gussy them up with all that stuff that looks delicious in that Pintrest style commercial than actually sit and make freaking waffles all morning that might be more filling but will probably sit around half eaten until I throw them out.

      I could probably get little one to eat her breakfast if I smear a little Nutella on an Eggo, though. Not quite as pretty as the commercial, but if it gets her to eat…

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Well, this obviously means that you don’t love your kids enough. #KnowBetterDoBetter

    • Lilly

      September 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I am not a big eggo person just because I find they aren’t filling enough and they don’t put actual fruit in them (blueberry is blueberry flavoured nuggets). But I regularly make waffles or pancakes in giant batches and freeze a bunch for this purpose. If we run out kids gets a “corry, better luck next time”, there is no way I am making them at night just because he asked for them.

    • MamaG

      September 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

      So my kid asked for waffles this morning, I told her we didn’t have time. Second choice was eggs. Does this mean I’m a bad mom, or a master negotiator? 🙂

    • ted3553

      September 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Were the eggs from your coop in the backyard? If so, you’re ok, if not, bad mom. For god’s sake, do you even know where store bought eggs come from??? Think of your children MamaG

    • MamaG

      September 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Coop my chickens?! They run free range through the neighborhood.

    • AE Vorro

      September 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Clearly you’re a bad, bad mom. DON’T YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH?!!!! They may randomly combust without homemade waffles (and specifically, only waffles).

    • LawGeekNYC

      September 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Wait, You can’t just make them eat fiber one breakfast cereal with unsweetened soymilk? Oh I definitely need to get a tubal

    • AE Vorro

      September 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      I can barely even follow her rant. How did she have time to type that with all the waffle wars waging around her?

  2. Cindy Ailey

    September 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I get that SOME parents are annoying in the way they brag about their kids. But bragging about your kids is a parent’s right. There are just certain rules I think – one should be reserving the bragging to things that are truly brag-worthy. But really, if I’m truly impressed by something my child has done, I’m going to brag about it, I’m not ashamed!

    My almost-2-year-old daughter can count all the way to 14! It’s impressive, I swear!

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      A brag AND a mommy-jack in one post!

    • Jen TheTit Whipper

      September 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Yea, but I think then you get to what is “brag worthy”? I think as other commenters have mentioned for me: My kid did this, I’m impressed! is totally ok. My kid did this and he is so much better than your kid for having done it! is not and that’s when you run into STFU Parents territory.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Also not OK: “My kid did this and he/she is special/a genius etc.”

    • Cindy Ailey

      September 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Agreed. I think trying to “one-up” other parents and/or insinuate that you are better parent and your child is better than other kids… that’s ridiculous. Also, making sh*t up is lame. Don’t brag about toilet usage (a “my big girl peed in the potty today!” is fine, but not “my big girl left a BIG ‘OL turd in the potty today” is gross) and don’t brag EVERY SINGLE DAY. There’s a fine line.

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      September 10, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      YEAH? Well my 22 month old counts to ten in english AND french! And started on the ABC’s :p.

      lol, no I’m kidding about trying to one-up you. But it’s true, she does do that. I can’t take credit for it though, she was interested in it on her own and watches way too much tv. I think it’s impressive as hell when they start doing that too!!!

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      You can just say “almost 2” now. Don’t make me do maths!

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      September 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      lol nah man it’s part of the “my baby is better than yours” look i’m trying on for size.

      how am i doing?????

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Disingenuously?

    • Cindy Ailey

      September 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Very cute! I don’t take credit for my daughter’s counting ability either. Maybe cuz she watches a lot of Sesame Street?

  3. Sauce

    September 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I don’t know. I teach art and I’d be pretty stoked if one of my college aged students sat through a lecture on Jackson Pollock with enthusiasm so I think it’s great that a 9 year old is learning about and participating in the arts. Maybe it’s a little obnoxious to suggest her friends buy it, but at least she’s teaching him about charity?

    • EX

      September 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I have a hard time hating on this one too. It’s pretty cool that her kid got so much out of the class and as someone who has done her share of Relays for Life if a little bragging increases donations it’s hard to be annoyed.

    • PAJane

      September 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Eh, I can’t begrudge her marketing it, either. If your family contributes a thing to a charity auction, why not promote the auction, and the item you contributed? The whole point is that you want the charity to make a lot of money, and you want your thing to sell for as much as possible. She just happens to also be proud of it, because her kid made it, and did a good job.

    • KatDuck

      September 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      That one needs more context. If parent is otherwise good about not bragging then I’d give them this because, to my untrained eye, that’s actually a pretty good piece of art.* If, however, this is one on a long, long list of the kid’s ‘achievements’ then my response is more of an eye-roll with some guilt because, for once, the brag is kinda deserved.

      *true story. I was at a friend’s and fell in love with an abstract painting she had hanging in the kitchen. Turns out it was an rejected art project of hers from a one-session art class colored over by her 2yo with markers. The kid has shown no other proclivity for art since then and I think my friend really started to worry about my taste after that.

    • AE Vorro

      September 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Ditto.

  4. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    September 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

    My 2yo is so independent and sure of himself! He peed on the floor twice already this morning! #hedoeswhathewants #genius #ineedamop #pullupsftw

    • G.S.

      September 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Pfft, mine signed his NAME!

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Pics?

    • G.S.

      September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Well, to be honest, I was just being a smart ass. I don’t even have a kid. #embarrased4lyfe

    • cmichelle

      September 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      In urine on the floor?! That’s talent!

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      September 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Dare I suggest…indigo child?

    • smishsmash

      September 13, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Yawn, my kid pooped on the carpet yesterday. I mean, go big or go home, right? That’s how the true genius visionaries roll.

  5. G.S.

    September 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

    “and fill them in on her newfound love of dolphins! Seriously, she’s obsessed with dolphins and knows everything about them! She knows more about dolphins than any kid in her class, FOR SURE. And isn’t everyone delighted by that compelling piece of information?”

    Does she know that dolphins are raping, baby-murdering bastards of the sea? Seriously, throw me a kid who likes sharks. Or at least whales. Sorry, I’m just not big on the dolphin PR team, and I like crushing hypothetical children’s souls.

    And like everyone else, I think bragging can be okay, but there’s a line. For example, sharing that your kid got an A on a project (with a picture if it’s an art project/diarama, or the teacher put a sticker on it) or learned a new dance/song/whatever and that you’re super proud is fine to me, but going on like no other child could be as smart or talented or whatever as your own and rubbing your friends’ noses in it is a no-no.

    • Kelly

      September 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

      I think the line for me is whether it’s just a little brag (My kid did X, and it was awesome!) vs. if they are pointing out how smart/superior they are. (My kid did X, and it was awesome, and none of the other kids in his class can do it yet). I love a proud parent, but I find a smug parent distasteful.

    • allisonjayne

      September 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

      YES. That’s the line for me too. Being proud of your kid is good (certainly better than being ashamed!) but it’s the “neener neener neener my kid is smarter than your kid” stuff that’s really irritating.

    • G.S.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yeah, I don’t like smug either. Like, at all. I’d take the wide-eyed “My baby breathed! It’s a miracle!” parent over smugness any day.

    • Jen TheTit Whipper

      September 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

      I definitely think parents (and the rest of us) get a little moment in the sun when kids do something awesome or new. But yea when you’re being a “my kid is better” parent. Not cool.

    • GPMeg

      September 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

      YES!

      I was obsessed with sharks. They are so much cooler than dolphins!

    • janey

      September 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Yes. And at least sharks are upfront about their nature. Dolphins are all “I’m so cute and smart and funny and listen to me talk!” and then, when you least expect it…

    • janey

      September 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Dolphins just aren’t right. I don’t trust them one bit. I’m serious.

    • FishQueen

      September 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      My sister went on a field trip to Sea World when she was a kid, and a dolphin swam up to her friend and was being all cute until HE CLAMPED DOWN ON THE KID’S ARM. Dolphins are shady, y’all.

    • SarahJesness

      September 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      What position do you take on orcas? Yeah, they’re technically dolphins, but they’re totally badass and also they take care of physically disabled pod members.

    • Sri

      September 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      plus, they flip over great white sharks and hold their gills out of the water while one of them slits its belly open and steals its giant shark liver. They’re assholes, but they’re the Hannibals of the Ocean, as opposed to regular sexually aggressive dolphin dudebros.

    • G.S.

      September 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Fun fact about Orcas: They’re called Killer Whales because the white guys heard the First Nation guys wrong. They actually said “Whale Killers.” Because they all gang up and murder and eat the fuck out of whales.

      Also, there’s never been a reported attack of an orca attacking a human in the wild. If it’s because they honestly never attack humans, or because they do a thorough job of killing the witnesses before they can say anything about it, I don’t know.

      Orcas can stay. They’re honest about it.

    • SarahJesness

      September 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I know about the name thing, but I still like to call ’em murderwhales.

      Orcas are chill and badass. Bottlenose dolphins are cool but they’re still the jerks of the sea. Orcas are cool but they’re not jerks about it.

    • OptimusPrime*

      September 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I’m on Team Manatee.

    • G.S.

      September 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      And Team Beluga.

      Fuck yeah, belugas.

    • cmichelle

      September 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I have a FB friend who insists on telling us all about how obsessed her daughter is with owls. All. The. Time. Every school project is related to owls. Sometimes I want to ask the mom if her teachers ever get tired of seeing the same subject matter over and over again. Seriously, kid, get some new interests.

    • G.S.

      September 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      I once spent a semester of Grade 11 English entirely devoted to David Bowie, but that’s because I’m a professed asshole and wanted to see how long I could keep it up.

    • LawGeekNYC

      September 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Anyone who doesn’t know the Dolphins are the rapist of the sea definitely hasn’t been watching enough king of the hill

  6. Jennie Blair

    September 10, 2014 at 10:34 am

    My fetus has very refined tastes, cupcakes and sherlock. Everyone should go home, she will beat you kid at any competition and she isn’t even out yet. 🙂

    (Not serious, trying to be funny. Though she does move more with cupcakes (hello, sugar) and the sherlock soundtrack because that’s what I like to listen to.)

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      September 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

      God, for a second I read “sherlock” as “hemlock,” and I thought, WHAT???!!?? You’re taking hemlock??? And then I realized your baby is just enamored of jaunty and brilliant English blokes, and felt much better.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Yep, only the best of the sociopaths for my little girl. Or maybe the doctor, but that soundtrack isn’t on my iPod

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      September 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I like the cut of this baby’s jib already!

    • 2Well

      September 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      When I was young, I was obsessed with the Oregon Trail. I read books about it. I learned about all the dangers. In one book, a kid died because she thought the poison hemlock was parsnip. I used to put my dolls in a wagon and pick dandelions (because dandelion milk) and every now and again I’d freak out because I pretend fed them hemlock and would have to find the special berries to save their lives.

    • Penelope

      September 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      *MY* fetus has more varied interests – Big Bang Theory and Chinese noodles. NOW you can all go home.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Mine only wants crab rangoon from the chinese place. And turkey subs from firehouse

    • tSubh Dearg

      September 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Well so far my foetus is most active while I processing expenses, so clearly I am gestating an accounting genius! That’s my retirement fund sorted 😉

    • Jennie Blair

      September 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      I’m hoping all the sugar and music turns her into some rock n roll Baker “next up death by frosting with their no.1 hit ‘cupcake grenade. ‘”

    • tSubh Dearg

      September 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      That sounds like my kind of band!

    • cmichelle

      September 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Mine kicks when my 7th graders get loud. I’m sure that means he is absorbing all the life science knowledge I am imparting. He’ll be born spouting cell theory and converting metric units.

      Or, you know, the noise bugs him.

  7. EX

    September 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Definitely some parents go over the top with the bragging thing and it can be obnoxious, but most of the “I’m so proud” stuff doesn’t bother me unless it’s tinged with superiority (“my kid is better than all y’all’s” kind of thing).

    What DOES bother me a bit about this post is this idea that people would “like” something because they pity the person who posted it and then trash them (and submit it to STFU parents) behind their back. That is really passive aggressive. If you don’t like something don’t “like” it.

  8. Rose

    September 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Aww, some of these aren’t so bad. I like it when parents brag a little about their kids. What irks me is 1)when it’s every day, 2) accusation of not appreciating the GENIUS (like in #2), 3) TMI details (really? on the toilet? thanks)

    • Emily Tapio

      September 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I had to unfriend someone because she posted a picture of her kid’s potty with urine in it.

    • KatDuck

      September 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      *shudder* I get that potty training successes are exciting for the one who otherwise has to change the diaper and mop up the messes … but really. If you tell me the kid managed it, I’ll believe you. Pictures really aren’t necessary.

    • Layla

      September 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

      But c’mon his poop was clearly in the shape of the Mona Lisa. Genius obvi!

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Just urine is sterile!! (Kidding)

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I reported a photo on facebook and got it removed because a friend’s sister posted a picture of the friend’s toddler. Naked. Full frontal nudity.

  9. Fudgemaster

    September 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    It’s literally not possible for me to ever be jealous of a human being named Montana.

    • Emily A.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      True, that.

      And also? There are puzzles with like six pieces that, yes, cover the entire US.

    • LittleEdwina

      September 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

      You’re jealous. The puzzle was 300 pieces and Montana did it with her eyes closed.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:50 am

      his* 😉

    • LittleEdwina

      September 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Opps!

    • Boozy Shark Lee

      September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      My cousin’s stepson is named Montana. I will never ask why but they nicknamed him Tater. He is 15 and still goes by Tater. I can never decide which is worse.

    • tk88

      September 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      You know you’re a redneck when…

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      He could shorten it to Tate and be normal!

    • PAJane

      September 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Noooo, Tater is a nickname for Idaho. I know they’re neighbors and all, but nooooo.

    • Mercedes

      September 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      So if he has a kid, will that be Tater Tot? (I never thought I’d have the opportunity to pull out an ancient Ron White joke on this site.)

    • LiteBrite(UterineDudebro)

      September 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      “They call me Tater….:”

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I love you a little right now.

    • Fondue

      September 10, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      I’d go by Tater, too.

    • cabecb

      September 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      I like your bear’s look of shame.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Is anyone else hearing “you get the best of both worlds, hanging out playing slow then you rock out the show….” playing in their heads?

    • moonie27

      September 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Well, now I am. Thanks.

    • Jennie Blair

      September 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Happy to be of service

  10. libraryofbird

    September 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Most of these were pretty obnoxious, and I am assuming that each and everyone of them have tons of posts waxing poetically about their prodigies.

  11. Victoria

    September 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I’m guessing that your kid figured out that 256+256=512 because he’s been playing 2048 on his iPhone.

  12. jane

    September 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I think that the key is the balance in posting between “my kid is awesome/smart/funny, here’s why!” “my kid is a pain in the ass/driving me up the wall/might be for sale, here’s why!” and completely non-parent related things. None of these would bother me so much on their own (except the Montana one, because that’s just obnoxious) but they would bother me as part of a string of “I birthed the reincarnation of Einstein” posts.

    • Heather

      September 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yup, agreed. In moderation, these kinds of posts don’t drive me totally insane.

  13. Marci Yesowitch Hopkins

    September 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hrm….I think my new internet tag line will have to be, “May be awful in real life”

  14. Zorbs

    September 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    humblebrag disguised as a question as seen on my FB last night:

    “Anyone have favorite children’s reference books to help answer the endless questions kids have? I need a little help satisfying Bea’s curious mind – a sample of questions from today: what does the sky feel like? How do car brakes work? What does my spine do?” Her precious Bea is 4. PUKE.

    • Linzon

      September 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I guess google isn’t special enough for her.

    • cmichelle

      September 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Um. Google isn’t always child appropriate. People use swear words and stuff on the internet! What if precious Bea saw those words?!

    • ALE515

      September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Those are all very normal questions for a 4 year old. Shut up Bea’s Mom!

    • allisonjayne

      September 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      “There’s this thing called the internet”.

      Also, if her kid wants to know what the sky feels like, I have this plate of special brownies that might help.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Don’t waste those on a kid, jeez!

    • SunnyD847

      September 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      It’s just so HARD keeping up with my child’s giant intellect! Huh, maybe you’re just stupid?

    • Zoe

      September 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Most of the kids I know rattle off questions like this, then lose interest in the answers after about 4 words.

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Go to the library like a normal person. (I actually kinda love the children’s non-fiction section.)

  15. Personal

    September 10, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Actually, I thought the breakfast one was pretty marvelous.

    • G.S.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Yeah, except no child on earth talks like that without being insufferable.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Agreed.

    • Simone

      September 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

      The characteristics that make some kids highly endearing to unrelated adults in the short time, also tend to become intensely wearying after repeated exposure.

    • Emily A.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

      That was the only one where I thought that maybe (maybe!) the parent was posting it in the vein of, “Why can’t my kid be normal like the other kids?” I have one of those, and it can be mortifying.

  16. Spongeworthy

    September 10, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I get annoyed when people claim that everything their child did is “amazing”, or post about how their child “amazes me every day”. I get the sentiment, but come on–your kid amazes you every single day? By doing what? Breathing? I admit that my kid will do something once in a while, or figure something out that he couldn’t the day before, and it makes me think “wow that was cool”. But amazed by my child every day? No. Throttle back on your amazement of your precious’s every bodily function.

    • MamaG

      September 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      For every impressive thing my kid does she also manages to do something pretty stupid (in a kidlike, doesn’t know any better kind of way). I think if you over brag you also have to mention the dumb stuff.

    • neighbor57

      September 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      It’s much more fun to share the dumb stuff!

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      September 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I do it. but to a specific group of people who truly want to know and share equally annoying stuff ;).

    • Spongeworthy

      September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      That’s totally acceptable 😀

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      September 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      and I also laugh at how pathetic I am when I do it.

    • Maggie Pye

      September 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      When I was with my ex (who was raising her two young nephews) the little one amazed me every day. Specifically, it amazed me that–given his apparent NEED to touch the hot stove, pet the growling dog, try to hop backward down the stairs with his eyes closed, climb out of a third-floor window, etc.–that kid wasn’t dead yet. But I don’t think that’s what these people meant. (And yes, we were supervising him, and yes, we tried to stop him, but three-year-olds can accomplish much chaos in the time it takes an adult to blink.)

    • Spongeworthy

      September 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Oh, it is definitely amazing how much a toddler can dance with death/serious injury on a daily basis. But I don’t think that’s the kind of “amazing” we’re going for.

    • Pixx

      September 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      I used to work in daycare. Over the summer, I’d be with the same kids all day every day. Some days a child could astound me/make me proud/be so sweet and wonderful that it would make me teary. The next day, the exact same child could have me about ready to quit my job. I can’t imagine that my parenting experience is going to be much different.

  17. Caspian

    September 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

    My daughter hit me in the face today and then said “no”! She’s a genius!

  18. Angie S

    September 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    My kid can blow a really big spit bubble. And poop and eat at the same time.

    • allisonjayne

      September 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Mine can fart on command. #blessed

    • KatDuck

      September 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Ok, little jealous of that. I can’t even burp at will.

    • Alanna Jorgensen

      September 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Mine can fart AND wave it at me. She learned advanced trolling from her dad.

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Mine learned the fine art of the Dutch oven from her asshole uncle. Nothing will convince her it’s not funny.

    • Simone

      September 11, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Hooray for asshole uncles. Was it Spike Milligan who invented the Uncle Repelling Device for the front doors of residential dwellings?

    • keelhaulrose

      September 11, 2014 at 8:04 am

      This particular uncle lives with us. We can’t get rid of him, though we’ve told him if he trashed her the “pull my finger” trick we’re throwing him in the lake next to where the giant snapping turtle lives.

  19. Emily A.

    September 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I just tried to like multiple segments of this post. Clearly, my mom is not bragging about my awesomeness any day soon.

  20. Emily

    September 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    According to my mom, I started reading very early when I was only a toddler. But, also when I was a toddler, I carried around a naked Barbie that I called ‘Grandma’, so I don’t think that means much.

    • G.S.

      September 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Best Grandma ever.

    • EditKitten

      September 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      My mom said I learned to read at 3. Unfortunately for Proud Mama, at 9, I could barely do the most basic math and had the social skills of a fruit bat.

    • Chinchillazilla

      September 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Yeah… I learned to read at 3 and learned to tie my own shoes at 12.

  21. cece1212

    September 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I have another one… A friend on facebook (who is way too obsessed with his son) let everyone know that his son (3 yrs) is a genius because when the friend walked into the kitchen to see his son putting “spices” on his cheerios only to realize it was cinnamon sugar

    • G.S.

      September 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I’m sorry, but that is genius. Know how expensive Apple Cinnamon Cheerios are?!

  22. keelhaulrose

    September 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Well, Emilia, my two year old figured out the US puzzle without anyone’s help! #autismcanbeawesome

    In all seriousness, two year olds can easily repeat something they’ve seen a few dozen times. Why do you think the Dora song says “Place A, Place B, Final Place” a few times at the start of every episode? So when they go back in the middle of the episode the kids remember the pattern.That’s what we can expect from a two year old.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I know right! “I’ve been teaching my kid to do this and today he finally did it by himself, WOW.”

  23. dy

    September 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I have a friend who does this bragging crap all day long. Constant posts about how her son says all these elaborate sentences and is just so smart and he’s not even two yet! Ugh. Yet, this same child smears shit all over his bed…daily.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hey. Clearly he is channeling Marcel Duchamp. START THE BIDDING WAR!

  24. practicallyperfectineveryway

    September 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Do we think the kid named Arya is named after Game of Thrones? If so, respect, because people naming their kid Khaleesi (it’s not a name, I care way too much) is driving me nuts.

    • GetKraken

      September 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      I hate when people give their kids goofy names, but I love the name Arya. Not only do I love GoT and think Arya is amazing, it’s a good name. It’s easy to spell and pronounce and not so uncommon people will be confused by it but not so common she’ll know a thousand other Aryas.

      I’m with you though on Khaleesi. It’s not a name!

    • js argh

      September 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      When people were naming their kids Theon left and right a few years ago, I’m was all, shit…you are gonna regret that in a season or two. D:>

  25. Boozy Shark Lee

    September 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Last night my toddler declared the dinner I made to be disgusting! I just can’t believe that he has picked up such a big word at 2 years old! #refinedpalate

    • keelhaulrose

      September 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

      At two my daughter declared my food to be “ass-gusting”. No one thought to correct her. Or they were laughing too hard.

    • Véronique the Attachment Shark

      September 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      actually, that’s a sign of intellect. She put two words together to make an appropriately bomb-ass insult. lol

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Can’t tell if facetious…

    • Boozy Shark Lee

      September 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      It’s a true story but I was not impressed.

  26. KatDuck

    September 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’ve done some tutoring and one of my students (age 9) tested at the genius level on the IQ test. Yes, she was seriously bright but she was also with me for a reason. She crumbled when she couldn’t get something right one the first try because she was a genius, damn it, so couldn’t accept any sort of failure. Her entire self-worth was based on being the best at whatever she tried and, when she wasn’t, life fell apart.

    I might have been the first person to tell her I didn’t really care about her brains, I cared about her perseverance. It made a world of difference.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Also, being “special” as a kid is no guarantee you’ll continue to be as an adult. As a kid, I was much taller and smarter than my peers. Now I’ve pretty much average.

    • allisonjayne

      September 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Totally. I was a pretty early reader and did well on tests. I’m a completely average adult though, on account of my total devotion to being lazy overshadowing my early triumphs.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      True that. Whatever, average is cool!!

      The other thing, about kids, is parents seem to think that if they hit a milestone early, they will be brilliant. But no two kids develop at exactly the same pace. Your kid might talk super early but walk late, or they will talk super early but won’t progress much after the initial “up”. It usually all evens out by the time they are teenagers.

    • allisonjayne

      September 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Totally. I mean, I’ll be happy with my kid no matter how she turns out, but I would rather have a totally average but happy kid than a genius or prodigy that’s miserable.

    • Simone

      September 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Me too! I just want my kids to be whatever they’re going to be. My personal preference is for average and cheery. So long as they’re kind and employed, I’m good.

    • Emily Tapio

      September 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Story of my life.

    • SunnyD847

      September 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      My girls are both quite bright. The older one tested as “intellectually superior” whatever that means (she was being tested for her ADD.) I tell them all the time that it doesn’t matter how smart you are if you don’t DO anything with it. So get in there are do your homework even if you think it’s “dumb!”

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Fascinating, tell me more.

    • KatDuck

      September 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      And to note – I didn’t strike upon that because I was the awesomest tutor ever. I mean I AM, but the real reason is that I was, at the same time, tutoring a teen who tested in the “deficient” end of the scale. But he was the sweetest kid and wouldn’t get discouraged no matter how hard things were. So little smarty-pants was getting on my nerves and I kinda snapped that line at her … and it turned out to be the right one. Go figure.

    • Simone

      September 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

      Aren’t there studies about this – how when parents constantly tell their kids they are super intelligent, they end up performing quite poorly in many cases? Because they figure that if they aren’t getting something the first time, it’s a failure of their intelligence and it’s not going to be possible for them to get it at all. Average kids with persistence tend to do much better overall, if I recall aright.

      My parents constantly told me how smart I was. Left school the day after I turned fifteen and spent twelve years in desperate need of a kick in the ass. Because I was ‘too smart for ordinary life’. Yeah.

  27. Véronique the Attachment Shark

    September 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    @Bunny Lou where have you been?? haven’t seen you hanging around here in a while!!

  28. PAJane

    September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Karate mom is just bragging about the awesome breakfasts she makes.

    • EozS

      September 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      PBJ English muffin and an apple. WOW. Oh, wait, and herring.

    • Anonyme

      September 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Sugar, sugar, carbs, and (if it’s tinned herring) sodium. Yum yum!

    • EozS

      September 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hey there’s protein and fats in there too, and fibre! Not a terrible breakfast, really.

    • RCIAG

      September 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Who the fuck eats herring for breakfast?!? Pretentious twits that’s who.

  29. Rya

    September 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    One day my 3 year old painted a tree that really looked like a tree and drew a cat that looked like a cat(kinda like a wormcat but still a cat-like blob.) I got all excited but it’s not like he can accurately replicate these thigs, they were just flukes and they just happened. But I can totally put them in his scrapbook and be all like “LOOK WHAT YOU COULD DO!” lol No one has to know he’s not an artistic genius!

    • K2

      September 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      The other day I was at a restaurant with a friend, her brother, husband and their twin 2 year olds. I drew some cats for the girl twin to amuse her, then she scribbled away.. checked back.. she drew a freaking cat!! It looked like a cat! Blobby and all, but I was so impressed.

  30. Zettai

    September 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I’m stuck between pity and irritation, but since Montana the geography specialist was in here, I’ll just laugh instead.

  31. Emily Tapio

    September 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    The one about the kid reciting what she heard on the Einstein documentary slays me. When I was that age, I really, really loved watching The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. In a shocking turn of events, I not only turned out NOT to be an extremely talented artist, but also to have almost as little interest in art as possible.

    • RCIAG

      September 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      OMG WHO DOESN’T LIKE BOB ROSS?!?!

      I mean, he’s more therapeutic than Mr. Rogers!!

  32. D

    September 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I think the worst kind of brags are the ones where some (non) event is used as evidence of some advanced skill set. For example, when I was in high school, my brother who was in 6th grade (and wasn’t some sort of academic wiz or anything) was bragging to me about how he had read Animal Farm, which in his words was “a high school level book.” I asked him if he understood it and he completely missed the allegory to Russia/Soviet Union. He had read it and thought it was just a book about a bunch of animals. Kids have a great ability of reading/remembering/regurgitating information without actually understanding what it means. Like the post about the kid watching an Einstein documentary–she’s probably just feeding you back a line from the show. I highly doubt a child, barring some sort of genius-level of self-teaching, can understand physics as advanced as that would require to actually understand the principle she “knows”. But some parents take the fact that their kid can recite back a line from mommy’s medical drama as evidence that their kid is the next Doogie Howser.

    • SarahJesness

      September 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Agreed. Kids can repeat and learn, but it takes them a bit longer for them to get the ability to figure out what things mean and learn the details. Anyone can tell you what, say, the theory of evolution is, but you need a deeper understanding to actually know how it works. The vast majority of young kids wouldn’t be able to explain the evolution of complex features, or speciation, or beyond the very most basics of genetics. A lot of amateur writers who want a character to seem smart will mention that the character reads Shakespeare and other classic works or whatever for fun, but anyone who knows how to read can read classics. It takes more to understand it.

  33. My2bits

    September 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I have a facebook friend who is THE WORST for this. I would have blocked her by now, but her statuses are so over the top it’s entertaining. Here’s a copy of a recent one: (there was a video attached)

    I love this short little video of Brooks reading last night. I am AMAZED at how much like me (academically) he is. We just got this book in the mail two days ago, and have only ready it twice at night. He had gone in his room on his ownand climbed in his chair to read, and picked this book out of the pile in the floor beside his bed that he “reads.” (only read by me to him 2 times). I didn’t get to the camera quick enough to get the first part, but he read the title on the cover, the cover page, and any where it said “My No, No, No Day”, and picked out the words “my” and “no” in each place he read. (“That’s my!” “That’s no!”) He “read” the first page he turned to and said “time to go stand in the corner.” (The little girl in the book is having a bad day and has to go to the corner in ballet class.) The second page he turned to says “My peas are too hot, My bath was too cold.” He says, “peas too HOT!” Then he realized I was filming so he quit.
    I am simply amazed that after two times of reading a book, he is picking out sight words on the cover and in different areas of the book, and he’s remembering the plot enough to turn to a random page and tell me what it says in his own words. I am unbelievably proud of this boy!

    All I can say is, “Wow.”

    • KatDuck

      September 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Wow, she managed to brag about him AND herself in one go. That’s talent. Maybe she should brag about that?

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 11, 2014 at 4:56 am

      She sounds like an insufferable sanctimommy bitch!!! O.O

    • Anonyme

      September 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Brooks is probably associating the pictures in the book with the dialog (doubtless there’s a picture of the character standing in the corner, so he knows that’s where it says ‘go stand in the corner’)

    • RCIAG

      September 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      At a certain age kids will just repeat anything you say, so I’d always wonder if my wasn’t just repeating what I’d said at that point in the book.

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

      …that’s how reading works. You read something, you remember it.

  34. Barkybark

    September 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    You know, I didn’t talk until I was at least 4 years old, and my vocabulary today is greater than a lot of people’s (I’m an editor). Who cares?

  35. kmeghan

    September 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    no. at 9 weeks she was just making noises.

  36. Marisa Quinn-Haisu

    September 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    The one about the nine week old talking was funny. My baby said “Na! na! na!” recently which was the first thing she’d said resembling a word other than a scream or a babble and that got me pretty excited but she’s not a genius or something. I hate parents who think their kids are amazeballs.

  37. Katie Delia

    September 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Is anyone else concerned Montana may be autistic?

    • Katie Delia

      September 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      ps. I taught a Montana once, but she was a girl.

    • Liberty

      September 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I feel like Montana is much more a girls name.

    • BarlowGirl

      September 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hannah Montana

  38. Kathryn Mackenzie

    September 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I too would come back from the bathroom with increased math knowledge. Not because I was a genius, but because my mother had math posters (regularly updated as we learned more) on the wall opposite the toilet.
    In her words: “If you’re going to be sitting there, you might as well be learning something.”

    • koolchicken

      September 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      I find your mother hilarious.

      Right now I have pictures of cars ripped out of a magazine and scattered on the floor. What can I say? If it lures my son into the room and keeps his butt on the seat, it stays.

    • AP

      September 11, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Did your mom read Cheaper By the Dozen? That happens in that book, the efficiency expert dad puts learning material in the bathroom to make the kids optimize their time better.

    • Kathryn Mackenzie

      September 11, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Yes, she had that book. She also had contests where we’d line up at the kitchen door (there were three of us, all fairly close in age), and we’d be asked to spell a word or answer a math question, the first one to answer each question correctly would take a step forward, and the last one to reach the sink would be drying the dishes that night.

    • chill

      September 16, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Thanks! I read that book eons ago, but that point must have stuck with me because I post stuff like multiplication tables and Spanish words in the bathroom. Now I know why…

  39. OptimusPrime*

    September 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone else have FB friends who post about their precious snowflake’s theological ah-ahs during Mass? I have a lot of Catholic friends who are also young-ish parents (we’re all in our late 20s and their kids range from a few months to 5 or 6). It is so dang annoying–and I’m actually a Christian (not Catholic, though)! I feel so sorry for their non-Christian friends.

    • OptimusPrime*

      September 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Example: (At mass this morning, very excited) “Mommy! God is in your heart and Future Little Brother is looking at Him!”

    • js argh

      September 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      You must know my sister-in-law, who Instagrams her kids praying and singing worship songs all the time. #blessed

      Bleeegh.

    • Anonyme

      September 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Not on FB per se, but in person “‘2 y/o Snowflake’ recognized the statue of Mary and said ‘Mary’!” “3 y/o Snowflake did the Sign of the Cross!” I can understand that it can be cute to a parent but it’s just repetition. The wee ones don’t get the theological implications yet. Heck, as a 25 y/o ‘cradle Catholic’ the Sign of the Cross is basically a reflex. No thinking required. 😛

    • Liberty

      September 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Yeahh!!! I’m Catholic and they drive me crazy. “Great your kid repeated something you say a lot and you think it means he’s a genius.”

    • Victoria

      September 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      I’ve seen the non-Catholic version of this a lot with evangelicals and fundamentalists. It’s clear the kids are just parroting what they hear all the time, but their parents think that it makes them a theological genius.

  40. Melodrama

    September 11, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Blair, I love all your posts and I enjoyed this one very much too. It’s just that I don’t understand some of your logic. I feel like the way you react towards someone who criticises your work is EXACTLY the way an oversharing mum would react if someone called her out on it. And while you make fun of such a mum, you don’t realise that you’re doing the same thing yourself. Example:

    What do oversharers say when they’re called out? “You’re free to unfriend me if you don’t like the fact that I share so many posts” And you make fun of this response and rightly so. Because I too believe that it doesn’t have to be such a black and white situation as to either love everything a person posts, or unfriend.

    But then what is your response when someone criticises one of your posts? I quote you in response to one Michael T-Bone O’Neill ‘s criticism on your fb page: “If you don’t like the content, seriously, just click the “Unfollow” button. Makes life easy, especially since your whining isn’t going to change how I write or what I write about.”

    How exactly are you any different?
    Btw I am posting here and not on facebook because you blocked me from writing on fb simply because I ONCE disagreed with one of your posts!

    • Simone

      September 11, 2014 at 4:43 am

      I’m confused. What’s my motivation in this scene?

    • Mehra Sarethi

      September 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

      I think it’s different because the blog is part of her CAREER. She posts things frequently on her STFU Facebook page and on the actual STFU Parents site because that is the sole purpose of those sites. People follow her specifically for those posts, so she isnt oversharing.Whereas someone posting about every little fucking stupid thing their sprog does on Facebook is overshare because technically your friends are friends with YOU, not your kid, so they didn’t sign up for one billion mundane posts and pics of your kid. Does that make sense?

    • Melodrama

      September 11, 2014 at 5:37 am

      Mehra, thanks for your civil response. I do agree with you. However, what Blair is doing is essentially what any author of a book is also doing (especially because her collection of posts include her own running commentary). Any author gets positive as well as negative feedback on their work. Read any review sites, there hundreds of reviewers either agreeing or disagreeing with that author’s writing style, originality etc, and that is their career too but it is not mature to just be nice to the reviewers who give positive feedback and tell the others to “get lost”. Once something is public everyone has the right to comment.

      I do understand that Blair does not need to put up with personal remarks or abuse. However I have noticed (it’s something I have noticed since I started following the blog 3 years back) that she doesn’t tolerate even polite criticism or disagreements with her view. She always says “feel free to stop reading” or blocks that person from posting or blocks from the page altogether. That, in my opinion, is not very mature.

  41. Simone

    September 11, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Your nine week old did not fucking say ‘hi’. I’m sorry but that is fucking bullshit and you are a twat. Get back to me with your third baby, and measure your amazement levels when they actually communicate. Sorry? What’s that? You’ll still be this batshit with the third kid? I lol at you, you foolish English knight.

  42. Azaelia Bearson

    September 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

    To play the devil’s advocate, while I think some parents ARE just doing this for attention, others know their old college roommates probably don’t care about their kids. They’re posting stuff for aunts, uncles and grandparents. And everyone I know posts about things probably only certain people on their friends list care about. You have all kinds of people following you from different walks of life – it’s impossible to make them all happy at once.

    Having said that, some of these are very irritating no matter how close you are with the family. Ollie in particular sounds insufferable.

  43. Sarah

    September 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I hope the author of this article is not and never becomes a parent. What an awful human being you are! Kids are amazing and beautiful and I would rather read of parents celebrating their successes (no matter how small) rather than the countless stories of abuse and neglect and worse…

    • RCIAG

      September 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Apparently you know nothing of the author, this site or her blog. Troll elsewhere.

  44. k

    November 10, 2014 at 12:12 am

    My daughter is fluent in sarcasm and that’s what she said jokes. I couldn’t be more proud.

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