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STFU Parents: 5 Fourth Of July Tips For Parents On Facebook

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3. Don’t Complain About Fireworks (Especially Before 10 P.M.)

Fireworks and sleeping babies don’t mix. Unless, of course, your baby sleeps right through them. Regardless, allowing your neighbors to shoot off fireworks in peace on the Fourth shows that you understand that the world doesn’t revolve around your baby. Complaining about them, on the other hand, makes you look like a brat, whether it’s on Facebook or outside on your front lawn. If you’re going to complain about fireworks, at least wait until after 10 P.M. That’s when most city fireworks end, and when you begin to look slightly less crazy for throwing a fit on a holiday.

Remember, parents, it’s just one day. If your neighbors continue to shoot off fireworks for another six days after the holiday, that’s a separate issue. But in the days leading up to the Big Day, there will be fireworks, and they will be shot off by kids in the neighborhood who were once babies themselves. Don’t deprive them of their chance to be young and reckless. Your kid will get his chance one day, too.

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