As we get ready to ring in yet another New Year, here’s my round-up of 2010’s most egregious parental Facebook faux pas:
#4 Posting the details of how fast your kid ran in the race, or swam in the meet. Ditto for how prodigiously talented they are at soccer, baseball, tennis or gymnastics. Photos are fine – crowing about your kid’s stats is not. That is what grandparents are for. Note: You get extra douche-bag points if you post your kid’s stats to people whose kids scored lower at the same event.
#3 Posting that your 3 year old can read, or, even worse, casually mentioning that your 2nd grader is enjoying the same book as my 5th grader. Don’t think for a minute I don’t know that this is you bragging at me while pretending not to.
#2 Soliciting donations for school and activity fundraisers, like the walk-a-thon, entertainment book, girl scout cookies and gift wrap. This is what aunts and uncles are for. Don’t you know we all have to buy the same school crap from our own kids? Sheesh.
#1 Requesting advice on what to do about the fact that your child has been asked to join the gifted program. As any parent whose child has not been asked can tell you, the “gifted program” is a code name for the “program for socially maladjusted children”.
Brilliant and witty. And I don’t have kids or use Facebook! That’s what you call pulling them in. Thanks to @WritersKitchen for the Twitter heads up. Best regards, P. 🙂
Wow, thanks Paul. Made my day.
Love this post…but didn’t really need the dig against “gifted” kids. I agree that parents who post about their kids are annoying, but no need to drag the poor children into it. I know several kids in gifted programs (no, not mine) and they are sweet, normal kids with high IQs…not socially maladjusted at all. Those sports phenoms on the other hand… just kidding.
ha! Good point Jim. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks Alan – Apparently we survived together!
I hear you on the games Karyn. Luckily, Facebook has totally cracked down on third party apps, so it’s happening much less now.