Scary Mommy: 10 People Who Make Parenting Harder
1.Â The person who thought fish made good carnival prizes.Â This is the ultimate slap in the face to a parent: You innocently bring your kid to a carnival, someplace youâ€™d rather not be to begin with and are doingÂ soleyÂ for the kids, and are forced to leave with a pet. A pet whoÂ youÂ will have to feed, whose waterÂ youÂ will have to change and whose bodyÂ youÂ will inevitably have to flush down the toilet. Itâ€™s bullshit.
2.Â TheÂ obnoxious sport parent. You know, the one who doesnâ€™t really grasp the whole â€œfunâ€ concept. The one who yells from the sidelines like a four year old and challenges the umpires. The one who acts like a bigger child than the actual children participating in the game themselves. Thereâ€™s always at least one. If youâ€™re lucky, theyâ€™ll be on the other team.
3.Â The richÂ toothfairy. A dollar a tooth was the going rate when I was a kid, and given the current economic climate, should be the going rate now. When a parent gives their kid ten bucks a tooth, it makes the rest of us look likeÂ cheapskates. Besides, should we really encourage paying big bucks for body parts? Seems like dangerous territory to me.
4.Â Mothers who dress their daughters like whores. Yes,Â in theory,Â a mother should be able to dress their child however they deem fit. The problem is that when you dressÂ yourÂ child like a slut,Â myÂ child wants to dress like a slut, too. Canâ€™t we all agree to at least let our kids get to the teen years before they look like mini-hookers?
5.Â The teacher who taught my kid that â€œbecauseâ€ is not an answer.Â I would have appreciated if sheâ€™d noted that it is, indeed, an answer if it comes from the parent..
6.Â The Bar Mitzvah/Christening/Birthday party show-offs. When you throw your kid an obscenely over the top and perfect event, it makes normal parties look lame in comparison. Besides, the every party you throw sets the tone for the following one â€” who wants to compete with yourself next year?
7.Â Parents who donâ€™t effectively kill lice. Has there ever been a lawsuit over this? Is three years ago too long for me to press charges? Because Iâ€™m still bitter about our lice experience.
8.Â The party thrower who wires kids.Â Parents of young party goers buy presents, schelp kids over and help celebrate a birthday they donâ€™t give two shits about. Serving cake when the party is over, giving candy goody bags and handing high-on-sugar kids back to them is hardly the thank you they deserve.
9.Â The parent who knowingly sends their sick kid to school. Weâ€™ve all been there. Having a sick kid is inconvenient and annoying and a complete pain in the ass, but exposing that sick kid to the rest of the class is committing the worst parenting crime. You just donâ€™t do it.
10.Â The insane overachievers. Canâ€™t we all just embrace mediocre? Itâ€™s so much easier.
This post originally appeared on Scary Mommy.
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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicleÂ Jill Smoklerâ€™s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesnâ€™t have to be perfect.
Six years later, that thriving community is still growing by the day. The Scary Mommy website now consists of an on-siteÂ confessionalÂ where moms can anonymously share whatever is on their minds in a judgment free environment, aÂ pregnancy,Â baby,Â andÂ travel guide, active and passionateÂ message boardsÂ and the originalÂ blog, written by Jill and a talented team of writers.