Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5 Parenting Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves that drive us up the wall. Whether its things your husband does, your kids do, or complete strangers do, they make your blood boil and have you leaving the room- immediately.


I have some pretty heavy parenting pet peeves. I put this list together, not at all claiming to be a perfect mother, but to just get some things off my chest about what drives me up the wall that I see other parents do. I can think of 100 things that I do that I'm sure get on other parent's nerves, too (like let my kids speak freely of what's on their mind all the time).

I wrote this article for my column over at Parent Society, so as always, I'll start the article here and let you head over there to finish it! You can comment here or there, but let me know what your parenting pet peeves are!!

Enjoy!

5 Parenting Pet Peeves

Parenting is subjective. What works for one family may not work for another. There is no absolute right or wrong way to raise your child. With that said, every parent ends up developing a personal list of parenting pet peeves, things we see other parents do that just get under our skin. We don’t necessarily judge, especially if the child isn’t in danger, but we recognize practices or behavior that we wouldn’t do ourselves.

Here’s my personal list of parenting pet peeves:

1. Obese Children Eating Unhealthy Foods
I completely understand when a child has a sickness that causes them to gain weight, and I am sympathetic to those families. Considering that makes up only a small fraction of the number of obese children in the world, the rest of the obesity cases I blame on the parents. A child at the age of 3 or 4 does not know about nutrition and eats what he is given. This, in turn, makes obese children a parenting problem. If an adult wants to eat unhealthily and not exercise, then it is their right to do so; poisoning a child who doesn’t know better is just wrong, and a horrible parenting practice.

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11 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS! Parents that are attached to their kids drives me the most nuts! They can't say no and their kids end up being terrors! I LOVE my solo mommy time.

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    1. SO glad someone else agrees with this one. I'm a selfish mom, too, lol. ;) Thanks for commenting!

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  2. The "plugged in" kids one is a biggy for me! Great post. :)

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    1. Thanks! It's a constant struggle in my house with unplugging the kids. I'm in the process of limiting my own computer time to work hours only, while the kids are in school, to set an example.

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  3. Great post! My Biggest parenting pet peeve is when a parent doesn't discipline their child. No it is not acceptable for them to hit my child or call them names. Its your job to tell them that, but if you won't I WILL!!! lol

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    1. Good one! And, if they don't discipline their kid and you end up saying something to the kid, THEN they pipe up and reprimand you for saying something to their kid. Never understood that, lol. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Loved the post. I love to see children that show respect even if they might not agree with the adult.

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    1. That's an amazing thing to strive for as a parent. I think I will concentrate on that as a parent!! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Love this post! I'm not a mom but these things really irk me too. The temper tantrum one seems to be the majority of people these days. And then they wonder why they act that way when they get older.

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  6. I agree with you. we love to see chunky kids but it's inconsiderate to a child knowing that the child will grow up with low self-esteem because he/she is fat, parents is to be blame for that.

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