If you have ever had a conversation with me, then you know I have probably been an annoying parent at one time or another. Maybe I talked too much about my kids or gave TMI. Whatever it was..I realize I have been that annoying parent.
What makes parents annoying? Sometimes it can be just one thing and others times it can be a plethora of things. Here is a list of nine parenting type to avoid so you won’t be the annoying parent.
1) The My Kids Don’t Watch TV Parent
If you want to annoy 99.9% of parents, then tell them you don’t let your kids watch TV. Or better yet, tell them you don’t have cable. Just an FYI to hipster parents…movies, Hulu, Apple TV…all count as television.
I’ll be the first to let you know my kids watch TV…it is a great diversion so my wife and I can feel like we can have normal, adult conversations.
2) The My Kids are Vegetarian, Gluten Free Parent
It’s great if you can shelter your kids for 15 years from McDonalds, but please don’t brag about it. No need to make me feel guilty because because my kids eat mystery meat from fast food places every so often. And please don’t tell me about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup/chemical pesticides/GMOs and Gluten.
3) The Complaining Parent
Complaining about being a parent is like complaining about your hangover – you made the decision (most of the time) so don’t complain about your kids.
4) The Give Everyone Advice Parent
If you really want to annoy parents, then give advice on how a parent with a 3 year old should discipline when your only child is six months. That goes over really well and is so helpful.
5) The Calling Your Spouse Mommy or Daddy Parent
When you are in public please don’t refer to your wife as mommy (or vice versa). It is really creepy and makes everyone feel awkward.
6) The One Upper Parent
Having a conversation with one a upper parent is criminally painful. If you talk about how your child just said his first words then the one upper parent will brag about how his kid was saying 18 words by that time. They are winning a competition you aren’t even competing in!
7) The Ever So Busy Parent
Just an FYI – everyone is busy! I believe busy is the new I’m fine because when you ask the majority of parents how they are..their answer is “Busy”.
8) The Ignore Your Childs Behavior Parent
We all know when our children are misbehaving and that’s why you need to discipline your children even in front of other parents. I’m not saying you need to take off your belt like your starting a lawn motor and spank them, but at least pull them off to the side and tell them there is absolutely no biting (especially if they are in their teens).
9) Always on Their Phone Parent
Although my wife would categorize me as this parent, I would like to disagree – but I really can’t.
Anwyays, this is the parent who has their phone in their hand at all time. It’s as if they are waiting for a phone call from the President at any time. They are typically saying “one moment” when their children ask a question and only 30% of all conversations are remembered.
If you want to avoid being an annoying parent, then try not to be one of the parents above. Are there any types I missed?