STFU Parents: Parents Who Are Demanding About Their Kids’ Birthdays On Facebook

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That said, so do parents. In fact, so do mom bloggers. Parents, more so than the media, in my opinion, are the ones who propel this inanity and keep it churning through the internet’s wash cycle. Every other day (if not EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.) there’s a new puff piece about “10 things you should never say to a stay-at-home-mom” or “10 things that only childless heathen bitches will say to their overtired mom friends,” and those pieces are consistently read, shared, and discussed. They’re crazy popular, and increasingly they’ve been picked up on larger platforms like Huffington Post or Yahoo!, leading to other media treating the items as real “news.” When a blog post makes waves online, it could get you on TV. It could land you a book deal. You might even win a year’s supply of juice pouches. So parents feel encouraged to share, and rant, and start fake controversies with banal blog posts that have salacious titles and generate millions of clicks, and they essentially supply these larger media conglomerates with sensationalist stories that get widely distributed for days, if not weeks.

The result of this is the average person being more inclined to share anything parents do that comes across as excessive. The ‘Most demanding 1st birthday invite ever’ wasn’t the most demanding thing I’ve ever seen, but it is an extension of parentsplaining, and it’s also a reflection of how parents expect people to feel about their kid’s birthday, so of course it was shared online. It was shared because everyone has experienced that absurdity on some level. Don’t tell me you don’t have a sister-in-law or a coworker or a friend who hasn’t treated their kid’s birthday like it’s the end all be all of birthdays. I won’t believe you if you do. It’s 2015, and parents are not shy about making their excitement and demands known. Sure, they might think they’re being helpful by supplying a shopping list, but since when is that helpful? Why have traditional wedding registries — which are associated with a one-time party usually attended by hundreds of people — morphed into everyday birthday registries for children ? And why do parents expect their friends to care?


Don’t get me wrong, I love buying gifts for my friends’ children and even attending their birthday parties. But the day a mom friend tells me to provide a receipt so she can get a full refund when she returns my thoughtful gift is the day I no longer purchase gifts for her kids. I have a feeling if parents stopped giving their friends so much ammunition, we wouldn’t see as many examples of Birthday Wish Lists Gone Wild floating around online. Until that day comes (and it may never come!), let’s take a look at some submissions that reinforce the reason the ‘Most demanding 1st birthday invite ever’ was ever written in the first place. The email author’s gift list specificity and odd requests aren’t even that anomalous anymore.

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