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STFU Parents: 5 Reasons Parents MommyJack Their Friends About Their Jobs

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If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that parenting is tough work. Sleepless nights, constant care, and nonstop worrying all come with the territory, and many people will tell you that becoming a parent is both the best and most exhausting thing they’ve ever done. The problem is, while I think the average person respects the tireless (tiring?) efforts that go into parenting, it can be hard to sympathize with friends when they feel the need to constantly point it out. Especially when they’re pointing it out on Facebook in relation to other people’s jobs. No one posts a status update about work in the hopes of getting “one-upped” by a parent friend, because life shouldn’t be a contest, and paid jobs are not the same thing as parenting.

Mommyjacking about how hard parenting is or how a person can’t possibly understand what it’s like to “work” until he or she has become a parent is truly pointless, and yet it happens all the time. This is partly due to the fact that mommyjacking is an epidemic on the rise, and partly because people just like to talk about work a lot on Facebook. The question I have is this: Are the mommyjackers out to make their friends feel better about their lives…or worse? Here are the top five comparisons parents make when they mommyjack their friends about their jobs.

1. Moms Don’t Get a Break

That “lol” contains about a novel’s worth of bitterness, amusement, and fatigue. It’s more of a “mwahaha,” really. Not to mention, the quotes around “work week” suggest some kind of end of days reckoning. It’s like Allison is saying, “Just you wait until your prison term comes along, my dear!” while laughing maniacally and staring at a pile of laundry on the floor.

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