STFU Parents: Parents Go For The Gold With Obnoxious Olympics Status Updates

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Olympics excitement has been at a fever pitch among viewers for nearly two weeks, and parents are no exception. All you have to do is take a look at Aly Raisman‘s parents to know that much. And in typical fashion, many parents (along with millions of people in general) have taken to social media to post status updates about the Games. Most of them are harmless (I’m thankful that no one has sent me any “Olympic-sized poop” pictures), but if my STFU, Parents email inbox is any indication, it’s safe to say there’s an oversaturation of Olympics “coverage” being posted by parents. Of course, the same could be said for any person who can’t stop talking about the Olympics these days, but for the purposes of this column, I’ve put together a collection of examples that showcase the variety of updates being posted by parents. Oh, and did I mention that one of them was posted by an Olympian? As it turns out, even the best athletes in the world dabble in social media TMI. So get out your score cards, and tell me in the comments how you think these Olympics-inspired updates rank.

1. Mom Olympics


According to a lot of moms, parenting should be an Olympic event. I’ve heard this before in the form of other suggestions: reality show, game show, etc., so it comes as no surprise that some parents think it’s a clever joke. I can also understand the feeling of having “earned a medal” after a long day, but let’s face it, being an Olympic competitor and being a mom are two totally different things.

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  1. Tinyfaeri

    August 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    There’s always gotta be a picture of a poor kid on a potty, doesn’t there?

    • wmdkitty

      August 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Well… yeah. It wouldn’t be a proper STFUP Roundup without one, you know?

  2. Nancy

    August 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The last two posts blow my mind! I actually get what Kristen’s saying, but what do children have to do with it, it’s frustrating for anyone trying to schedule their time around watching their favorite events, not just people with children. But did it ever occur to Marty that maybe there are some little girls out there for whom volleyball is their most anticipated event? Just because his daughter really wants to watch gymnastics doesn’t mean it’s the same for everyone who watches a huge TV network. And what’s an appropriate time slot, Marty? After your daughter’s specific naptime, in your specific time zone? How are these people so myopic, I cannot understand it.

  3. Barfaroni

    August 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Coincidentally, these parents won gold in “Douchebaggery.”

  4. KatDuck

    August 12, 2012 at 12:11 am

    So I grew up when we had Olympic years with both summer and winter showing up on the same calendar. I don’t know if it was that or my parents but the Olympics were a Big Deal at that time for me but I, like most kids, had a bedtime. Do you know what my parents did if there was a sport I wanted to watch but didn’t want me to stay up for it? They taped it. Yep, on this thing called a “VHS” tape and everything. You’d think TVs today would have some similar recording option …

  5. Jenn

    August 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

    You know, it’s funny – I *really* wanted to watch the women’s gymnastics team compete, even though I’m a big girl with little dreams. So you know what I did? I got up at 6a every day that week, turned on the computer and watched it live. And then DVR’d the coverage at night, so I could have the competitions for posterity.

    I agree that the events should be on TV live, but Kristen, I don’t think you understand how time zones work. If you wanted gymnastics to air LIVE at 8p East Coast USA, that’s 1a in London. Not exactly a good time for the ATHLETES with big dreams.

  6. Baby_Raptor

    August 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I wish these pictures were links. I want to go say something to Marty about how the world doesn’t revolve around his children…

  7. carta

    August 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Some little girls’ big dreams are VOLLEYBALL.

  8. Horrid Baby Names

    August 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Some girls dreams involve marrying rich. Whatever. It’s amazing what people find to complain about.

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