Parenting is one of life’s biggest and most enjoyable challenges. Helping your children grow into incredibly capable, morally upstanding, and passionate dreamers is every parent’s wish. However… we sometimes lose faith in the future of the human race when we see how some parents are acting online. The sad fact is, just because someone is a parent doesn’t mean that they’re a good one (even if they love their kids as much as anyone else).

There’s an online group on Reddit with 245k members called '[Stuff] Mom Groups Say' that’s been active since 2018. It's dedicated to shaming bad moms and all of their mom group drama. From anti-vaxx showdowns to debates about essential oils, the subreddit believes that these parents deserve to be called out for their behavior that, frankly, causes more harm than good.

Scroll down to lose a chunk of your faith in humanity, upvote the best of the worst pics, and do let us know what you think about these anti-parents, dear Pandas. Bored Panda spoke about the drama and misinformation that sometimes can be found in social media mom groups with the moderators of the '[Stuff] Mom Groups Say' subreddit, as well as with Samantha Scroggin, the founder of the 'Walking Outside in Slippers' parenting blog. Check out what they had to say below to pick up some great advice.

#1

This Mom On Why She Is Refusing The Big C19 Vaccine

This Mom On Why She Is Refusing The Big C19 Vaccine

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Jonathan
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7 months ago

This needs to stop. There are a lot of Muslims in my country that refuse to get the vaccine because people are saying there is pork in it!!

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#2

Why Do They All Have To Hate Science Though?

Why Do They All Have To Hate Science Though?

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago

That's the credo of virtually every anti-vaxxer.

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#3

Why Are Karen’s So Against Thermometers? Don’t Consent! Bonus Snark At The End

Why Are Karen’s So Against Thermometers? Don’t Consent! Bonus Snark At The End

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Julie C Rose
Community Member
7 months ago

And yet I bet if their government talked about banning ACTUAL assault weapons due to someone ACTUALLY shooting children, she’d screech about “communism”.

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"In my experience with online parenting communities, it's best to abide by the rules posted in these groups. Usually, that means no selling anything and no foul language, at a minimum. I generally try to be patient with people and open to different viewpoints, but it's aggravating when people are acting ignorant or spreading misinformation. In those cases, I try to give evidence of the facts without personal attacks," parenting blogger Samantha said.

Samantha used to be a professional journalist and is now a public information officer which means that she's very wary of fake facts. "Parents will make all kinds of claims in parenting groups online, including that vaccines are harmful. They'll recommend all sorts of remedies. But it's up to us to seek out reputable sources of information to help us make our own decisions on what's best for our kids," she warned that we have to do proper research instead of believing every bit of advice that we find online.

"I think we should reserve judgment of others' parenting styles when the actions taken are harmful to the child. And I realize what is harmful is open to interpretation. But if no one is being abused, let's have some grace for one another and the choices we make. Each child is different, and parents often know what works best for their child. Parenting is hard, and we can use as much support as we can get," she added.

#4

I Asked About Learning Activities For My Toddler

I Asked About Learning Activities For My Toddler

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
7 months ago

"kindergarten as it is now" ... I don't know what kind of kindergarten you have, but the ones that I know of involve a lot of play time and fun activities, including learning social skills. Of course kindergarten teachers are well aware of kids' short attention spans, so they would plan the activities and learning accordingly.

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#5

Saw This And Just Knew It Belonged Here

Saw This And Just Knew It Belonged Here

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Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
7 months ago

Animal abuse & child abuse all in one.

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#6

The Mom Group I'm In Is A Goldmine For Crazy. I Posted About My 2 Year Old Asking For Privacy In The Bathroom And This Was A Comment I Got

The Mom Group I'm In Is A Goldmine For Crazy. I Posted About My 2 Year Old Asking For Privacy In The Bathroom And This Was A Comment I Got

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Geez, cut the umbilical cord lady.

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Meanwhile, a lot of the subreddit's moderators pitched in to answer Bored Panda's questions. The mods explained that mom groups can sometimes be full of potentially dangerous misinformation, a desire to make money off more naive parents, and perpetuating "toxic rhetoric with zero consequences." The community also calls out those online groups that fanatically believe they're raising their kids "The Right Way" and anyone not doing so is a bad parent.

"The biggest lies are the coordinated lies spread in these groups on new parents at a vulnerable point of their lives. These women don’t need essential oils, or colloidal silver, they need paid family leave, affordable post-Partum care, health equities," one moderator explained. "New parents can be as dramatic as they want to be, they’re sleep-deprived and scared and have bills piling up and a new baby. Parental groups are allowed to be dramatic, they reflect the rawest human nature at one of the most 'precious' and yet frighteningly lonesome, most physically and mentally demanding, moments of our lives."

#7

Is Covid19 Real? Asked And Answered In A Local Mom Group

Is Covid19 Real? Asked And Answered In A Local Mom Group

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Roland Gosselin
Community Member
7 months ago

"I will immediately ignore you if I don't agree with your views/facts/science"

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#8

Gay Satanic Clowns

Gay Satanic Clowns

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JuJu
Community Member
7 months ago

May the Gay Satanic Clowns save us all from overzealous Bible-thumpers

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#9

It’s Gross Karen. I’m Also Pretty Certain It’s Illegal To Feed Unsuspecting People Your Bodily Fluids

It’s Gross Karen. I’m Also Pretty Certain It’s Illegal To Feed Unsuspecting People Your Bodily Fluids

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Ellen Ranks
Community Member
7 months ago

Don't know which one is worse, the original post or the reply.

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The moderator continued: "So when people enter their lives promising a listening ear, a magical solution, and then shame them for breastfeeding or not breastfeeding, for co-sleeping, or sleep training, or not using magical amber teething beads, or for choosing vaccinations, then those are the heinous people that need to be shamed. They are actively manipulating people with a phony agenda and they need to be called out.”

Another moderator told Bored Pand that what inspired them to start the subreddit in the first place was the overall culture in mom groups that pushed their personal parenting philosophies as the one and only way to parent.

"These groups (like Cherry Universal, with specific subgroups for the crunchy moms and the sanctimonious moms) focus on preaching their way of parenting and viciously attack anyone who doesn’t fall in line. They’re a bigger problem for society too. Do you want to know where the anti-masking movement started? Look at posts from March-May of 2020 in crunchy mom groups. They push and perpetuate vaccine misinformation and an overall general mistrust of science and they use shame, groupthink, and banning to enforce their beliefs."

#10

Found On A Baby Sleep Help Website. Says

Found On A Baby Sleep Help Website. Says

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Those poor babies.

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#11

Maybe Because That’s Illegal

Maybe Because That’s Illegal

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Don’t do it. Simple as that. Also apologise and learn from your mistakes. Breastmilk is a bodily fluid. What if I ran out of water, should I piss in the brownies instead.

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#12

*stares In Cps*

*stares In Cps*

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

I wish I could unread that

cheezydinosaur
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7 months ago

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Natalia
Community Member
7 months ago

Oooo....so, there are people who don't vaccinate their kids because they don't trust science and there are other people who feed their kids poop because they trust something they "had read"? .....I have no words!

troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

Imagine being their friend and she invites you over for chili. HELL NO!!

backatya
Community Member
7 months ago

Now I'm thinking I don't ever want to eat at another persons house again. You never know

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

What the actual f**k. Eating poop it is bad for you and it is just disgusting.

Donkey boi
Community Member
7 months ago

Believe it or not there is nothing good with a little bit of poop. It is literally waste, your body does not want it, please don't put it back in!

Boredzzz
Community Member
7 months ago

Obviously.. She did(1) her own(2) research(3)

JessG
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol

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Melissa TO
Community Member
7 months ago

Nothing like a little hepatitis with your chili.

Zedrapazia
Community Member
7 months ago

And chlamydia

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로희
Community Member
7 months ago

To each their own but I would disown my mother if she did this.

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
7 months ago

The ONLY way eating poop is beneficial is in very certain circumstances when someone needs a lot of help with their gut biome. Cooking it in chili would defeat the entire purpose. Medical professionals put poop in special capsules to survive stomach acid.

Konpat
Community Member
7 months ago

Or the poop is directly transplanted in the bowels, caused that's where it belongs. Yes, you can be a poop donor.

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Raksha swami
Community Member
7 months ago

Ok first of all this is wrong on all basis . 2. It's done for people who because of over use of antibiotics have loss all the gut flora (the good bacteria) and the donor is checked for bacteria that only contain good one no bad ecoli not even 1bacteria . 3. This could cause some serious health issues to this child 4. Don't take antibiotics for viral fever 5. Always complete antibiotics course never leave because you felt ok after 2 tablet. That's how you will maintain your immune system

DC
Community Member
7 months ago

WHAT? Damned, what the fug is wrong with people? POOP????? Disgusting!

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
7 months ago

When ignorance and internet combine... God help the children.

Ray Heap
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh for fornications sake this is off the scale level of stupid.

Gurnox
Community Member
7 months ago

Another one where the admin of the group needs to call CPS. This is absolutely not OK.

Micheal With A B
Community Member
7 months ago

Delicious, E-Coli chili. WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!

Sean Matherne
Community Member
7 months ago

Anyone else not eating chili ever again?

Catlady6000
Community Member
7 months ago

I have pot simmering on the stove now. Sob.

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Shieshie Sweetie Kiss
Community Member
7 months ago

NOPE NOPE NOPE

Maddie Star ⭐
Community Member
7 months ago

came here to say the exact same.

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
7 months ago

again, how are any of these people not in jail???

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
7 months ago

There's is a reason why people stuck in a snowstorm still don't eat their own poop...

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
7 months ago

I am at my job in a Colon & Rectal Surgeon's practice at this very moment. Believe me, I thought I must've heard anything and everything pertaining to feces and the body parts involved. But nope, humanity has once again proven that they seriously lack common sense. I'll step away from my desk to vomit now.

Ben Steinberg
Community Member
7 months ago

The best part is, if you're putting it in the chili and cooking it, you're killing all the bacteria, which is GOOD because you sure as hell shouldn't be ingesting the bacteria from feces. Any "added benefit" (if it existed) would be nullified by the cooking. This makes ZERO sense and is really gross...

Ember
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF did I just read?!?

Julie Klein
Community Member
7 months ago

Can they say Hepatitis?

Meko
Community Member
7 months ago

This is a joke pls be a joke it is a joke right?

Thomas
Community Member
7 months ago

I was eating breakfast while reading this. Chocolate biscuits to be precise. FFS

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
7 months ago

"It is minimally toxic". There. TOXIC.

Imposmate
Community Member
7 months ago

at first i thought Cps was cookies per second

Spicy Noodles
Community Member
7 months ago

this is beyond words

Joan Humphreys
Community Member
7 months ago

Ever heard of E. Coli?

ingrid
Community Member
7 months ago

okay i'm done reading now

Gabi
Community Member
7 months ago

I am off the Internet for today. For the next week and possibly for ever.

BrokenFlame
Community Member
7 months ago

The do what now? Ohhh to see without my eyes ( ̄ー ̄ )

Julie Klein
Community Member
7 months ago

"Healthy" dose of hepatitis for all involved

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

They will find out when they are in the hospital, the doctor might tell on you just before reporting you to the police.

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
7 months ago

Holy effing sh*t!

Daniel Marsh
Community Member
7 months ago

Just to be clear: fecal-to-oral is a transmission route of just about every one of the nastiest diseases known to mankind. Many fecal pathogens create toxins that persist after the pathogen is destroyed. Many people are carriers of hosts of diseases that are held in check in the particular environment of the large intestine, but can be absolutely virulent in other environments. Diseases which are difficult to spread OTHER than the fecal-to-oral route when constrained to the colon become contagious in other ways (i.e., coughing, sneezing, etc.) when the infection is in other parts of the body besides the colon. This is literally the dirtiest, filthiest, most disgusting thing possible.

Phoenix
Community Member
7 months ago

What. The. Heck.

NWB
Community Member
7 months ago

there should be a test before getting to be a parent...honestly

akiwi
Community Member
7 months ago

Please tell me this is a joke

Catlady6000
Community Member
7 months ago

Was it an article in The Onion?

Ik haat iedereen
Community Member
3 months ago

i hope so

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Sharon Dean
Community Member
7 months ago

OH My Freaking God!!!!

Jan Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

please say they're joking?

Kristine Postell
Community Member
7 months ago

CPS needs to be called.

Deceased Nemo
Community Member
7 months ago

someone call CPS

marshmallo nat
Community Member
7 months ago

this....just...wha....poor poor kids...

Shay
Community Member
7 months ago

This is just so wrong and horrifying. I legit gagged.

Goofy Luis
Community Member
7 months ago

this person is SICK, what kind of life do they live to do that s**t to their kids??

hey, not my problem
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS PERSON?!!!!!

T.
Community Member
7 months ago

I should reconsider visiting this website during lunch hous..

Deborah B
Community Member
7 months ago

Yuck. Yuck. No words to express the grossness. Just yuck.

J. Cole
Community Member
7 months ago

What in the literal and actual hell... This had to have been a joke.

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
1 month ago

Please, I hope these people are ran to ground & the kids are removed. Enough already.

JJ Buddhabrot
Community Member
3 months ago

It's unorthodox and weird, but.. there's science behind transferring a healthy person's poo into an unhealthy person's body. I haven't heard about eating it though, so..

trans_ylvania
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel very, very ill.

Emilie Ruiz
Community Member
6 months ago

Please someone find these people and report them to child endangerment services

Elma Young
Community Member
6 months ago

Even animals(dogs, cats) only due that if sick or lacking some thing in diet.

Abigail Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

then your kids read this... DUN DUN DUN!

Tobias the Tiger
Community Member
6 months ago

One time when looking at baby naming websites (for the purpose of finding character names), I saw an article reading "the time I made him eat his sister's poop". Wtf?

angelica H
Community Member
6 months ago

pls tell me she is a troll being a troll and this is a joke.

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
6 months ago

ignorance is the worst thing on earth. only one word: WHY?

Annelise
Community Member
6 months ago

please excuse me while I go *mentally barf*

Viv Hart
Community Member
7 months ago

Has she not heard of E.Coli?

Mary Bricklin
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG O.O

backatya
Community Member
7 months ago

Damn that is so disgusting

Thomas Johnson
Community Member
7 months ago

some people...

Sandra
Community Member
7 months ago

I wish I didnt read that. I am scared to have one kid, these f***ing idiots have a child and feed him...that.

Claire Elizabeth
Community Member
7 months ago

the first thing that came to my mind tho......how do they get the poop............

Nora the mistake 0_o
Community Member
7 months ago

that is also child abuse like they feed their children POOP like that could be DEADLY they have toxins in them and why do think it is coming out of your body this woman is NASTY

Christine Zanfino
Community Member
7 months ago

Stop reading sh*t online and talk to medical professionals.....and NEVER volunteer for your kids' school bake sales

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
7 months ago

That is disgusting it cannot make your immune system stronger as it has left your body already. The only way this improves your immune system is to use it in a transplant (Google it)

Marie
Community Member
7 months ago

They what in where why now? Huh??

Alan Parr
Community Member
7 months ago

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JJM
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG! You can't be serious............the thought of it makes me feel ill.

Nefeli Christogoula
Community Member
7 months ago

God help these kids.

Shelley Kapach
Community Member
7 months ago

Also child abuse...

Keri Rosenkilde Christiansen
Community Member
7 months ago

Just no.

Nevada De Avibus
Community Member
7 months ago

"minimally toxic"

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
7 months ago

Ingesting causes numerous health issues.

Meami
Community Member
7 months ago

ecoli, ecoli, ecoli...

TooManyFandoms
Community Member
7 months ago

i will never eat chili again...

tomruns12
Community Member
7 months ago

Well Chili is ruined.

Iusedtobecute
Community Member
7 months ago

Lol, yet another good reason teachers don't eat things that are homemade! 😂🤮

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG WHAT THE FUCKINGHELL?!

BabaBizzle
Community Member
7 months ago

You’re poisoning your kids for your made up science project? Where do you get that any amount of WASTE PRODUCT is healthy? If you(a female) wipe back to front (not supposed to for this reason) you risk INFECTION of your vagina because S**T IS FILLED WITH BACTERIA FROM YOUR INTESTINES. You should not be a parent and your kids need to be taken away. You’re feeding your kids literal S**T! 💩 Child Abuse 🚨 ALERT!

Anke Dieken
Community Member
7 months ago

Why did they have children when they hate them?

Amber odom
Community Member
7 months ago

CPS. no really CPS

dragon fruit
Community Member
7 months ago

they should not be aloud to have kids, how would you like it if you ate poo. also what kind of poo, dog poo, YOUR poo that is disgusting what crack ass website are you getting this from you retards (p.s this is for those crack head parents not river Webb)

Annabell
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh holy s**t

Pheolei
Community Member
7 months ago

....*power down the laptop* that's enough internet for me today

Eredyn IreMist
Community Member
7 months ago

Where do they live??? I'm calling Child Protection Services!!!

CAILIN FRITSCH
Community Member
7 months ago

ewwwwwwwww

Henny Hana
Community Member
7 months ago

Wtf?!

Cat
Community Member
7 months ago

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK F**K F**K F*****G F*****G F**K

Sam rice
Community Member
7 months ago

What the f**k

Xylle Flora
Community Member
7 months ago

What is cps? When I saw it I thought of "cookies per second."

Wolf Gamer
Community Member
7 months ago

Child Protective Services

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Rod Egret
Community Member
7 months ago

What the actual f**k???

J. F.
Community Member
7 months ago

Sure, because E.Coli is totally harmless anywhere else...

Mila S
Community Member
7 months ago

"Would you like our chocolate soufflé?". "Why, of course! What's the ~special~ ingredient?" "Trust me, you don't want to know." ~winks~

LesAnimaux
Community Member
7 months ago

Please be a hoax, please be a hoax, please be a hoax!

grafxgal60073
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, it's a hard mental image to get rid of. Those parents should be arrested for attempted murder.

Boopie Dew
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
7 months ago

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NaruTheCollective
Community Member
7 months ago

You feed your kids fecal matter? WTF. Child services?!

Messy
Community Member
7 months ago

Please someone who knows these people. Call cps.

deanna woods
Community Member
7 months ago

What is wrong with these people?

InfectedVoice
Community Member
7 months ago

They have got this soooo wrong, there is a type of poo transplant where a healthy person's turd is put somewhere inside your ass to help generate good bacteria or something along those lines, eating any amount of poop is never a good idea haha.

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
7 months ago

WHAT FECES ARE BAD BAD BAD BAD they are chockfull of bacteria and waste. I would get urine, as it’s only full of bacteria when it sits around(even then, ew). But poop?! That’s a disaster waiting to happen. Feces is literally what comes out of your ass!! NOT HARMLESS DIRT

d bradley
Community Member
7 months ago

nobody can possibly be that gd stupid!

A Random Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

No... there could be toilet water mixed in too...

AbbiTabbi
Community Member
7 months ago

*hurk* Oh my goodness those poor kids.

Rowan_boi
Community Member
7 months ago

Why clicks per second?

pebs
Community Member
7 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooooo

Isabella Vega
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone call CPS now

Gosiaatje
Community Member
7 months ago

I have no words. My brain is about to explode 🤯

Just saying
Community Member
7 months ago

Cholera anyone?

Erin E
Community Member
7 months ago

Omg. Wtf.

John Doe
Community Member
7 months ago

they feed their kids poop?

Davor Jelacic
Community Member
7 months ago

Im gonna go with the not option

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
7 months ago

I hope they're kidding.

El Dee
Community Member
7 months ago

Good God!

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
Community Member
7 months ago

0_0 good Lord...

Aubryanna Walker
Community Member
7 months ago

* gags *

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
7 months ago

eww. No ,no someone call protective services

Sam Kunz
Community Member
7 months ago

It's called Corprophilia and it's a medical illness....get help

CrEaTiVe_duck
Community Member
7 months ago

what the actual fu- i am sure they hate you for making them eat their own poop now ;-;

Zet
Community Member
7 months ago

disgusting! just disgusting! she should be reported to the SPCA or what ever...

R L
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't think she understands the concept of bacteriotherapy.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
7 months ago

Like I said. People will believe anything. SMH

...
Community Member
7 months ago

A democrat, no doubt.

Ik haat iedereen
Community Member
3 months ago

Where'd you pull that from?

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Community Member
7 months ago

Obviously a Democrat.

Ik haat iedereen
Community Member
3 months ago

Why bring politics into this?

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

A tablespoon is fuçking huge. I bet I can make some accurate guesses about this family. 1, they have a dog. 2, they’re white. 3, they eat a lot of butter and dairy. 4, they don’t vaccinate. 5, they self identify as libertarians.

J. Normal
Community Member
7 months ago

Sorry cat person, we rate 3 out of 5 on your scale and NO fckin way! You are making too many generalizations. Non vac & white (possible lib) I can agree with, But dog person and a person who eats dairy? It is not healthy to push your "negative agenda" on people who are disgusting. It would be like me saying every republican is a pedophile.

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7 months ago

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Apparently it's beneficial to urinate while in the shower- something to do with keeping feet free from infection. But like a lot of things apparently good for you- doesn't mean you have to do it. Don't be an animal.

JessG
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7 months ago

That is a myth.

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However, the mod pointed out that far from every single mom group is bad. "Our birth month group, for example, has been the saving grace of my journey into parenthood. I have a cohort of parents who all have a child at the same age as mine. It’s a great way to get a quick pulse on typical development and also just feel generally supported, validated, challenged to be a better parent or find different and better ways to parent in a shame-free environment. I have a virtual village and that is just really incredible."

They continued: "To be really honest, it was how supportive I found my birth month group to be that sent me out in search of additional groups. My infant won’t eat baby food—oh, maybe I should check out this baby-led weaning group for ideas! (It was great, by the way.) But then when we started stumbling onto other groups that were just cesspools of negativity, abuse, bullying, etc, we learned about the subculture of 'mommy drama groups' and decided to bring it out into the public eye."

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Guilt Tripping Your 3 Yo Child Into Nursing Is Gross

Guilt Tripping Your 3 Yo Child Into Nursing Is Gross

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troufaki13
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7 months ago

This is so wrong on so many levels...

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#14

From A Mom Group On Instagram. I Guess People Without Children Are Not Allowed To Be Tired

From A Mom Group On Instagram. I Guess People Without Children Are Not Allowed To Be Tired

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Ozacoter
Community Member
7 months ago

I hate people like that. I am chronically ill. I am so weak that last monday I slowly walked 30min and the muscle pain lasted until yesterday , sunday. Tell me how I am not tired because I dont have kids.

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#15

This Seems Like A Healthy Relationship

This Seems Like A Healthy Relationship

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troufaki13
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7 months ago

Relationship goals *not*

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We’ve written extensively about how to be a great parent and how to help your kids become independent. And, considering that there still are (and always will be) plenty of parents out there who either stifle their kids or who constantly exhaust themselves, the advice bodes repeating.

Anita Cleare, a parenting expert and the author of ‘The Work/Parent Switch,’ explained to Bored Panda in a previous interview all about how to overcome the desire to be a ‘perfect’ parent and how to stay positive when we’re all way, way too exhausted.

According to parenting expert Cleare, aiming to be a ‘perfect’ parent is the wrong way to go about things. This does more harm than good because it puts lots of unreachable expectations and undue pressure on both parents and children alike.

#16

That’s Not How Any Of This Works

That’s Not How Any Of This Works

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Deborah B
Community Member
7 months ago

If WaTeR WorkED, YoU WouLdN'T NeEd To kEeP DRinKiNg It....

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Given To My Daughter Through A Mom Group

Given To My Daughter Through A Mom Group

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El Dee
Community Member
7 months ago

I was brought up religious and made to read the bible. Whether you believe the bible or not it certainly DOESN'T say that dinosaurs were made on the sixth day. Even for Christians this is BS

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My Child's Future Means Nothing To Me

My Child's Future Means Nothing To Me

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giovanna
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7 months ago

So this is the next level: the no-certificaters. There is a lobby pressuring for you to have a birth certificate BUT I WANT TO LIVE IN FREEDOM THEY WON'T HAVE ME

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“Trying to be a perfect parent is bad for children and bad for parents because it sets everybody up to fail. Research shows that ‘good enough’ parenting is best for children,” Cleare explained.

Instead, the expert suggests that all parents aim for ‘good enough’ parenting that actually helps improve our kids’ independence instead of them being overly-reliant on us.

In Cleare’s words, this involves “getting it right most of the time but also failing your children in ways they can handle—so that they gradually increase their independence.”

#19

Vaccinations Made My Daughter Gay

Vaccinations Made My Daughter Gay

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giovanna
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7 months ago

"If only my daughter had polio instead of gayness"

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#20

Do Babies Give Hickies?

Do Babies Give Hickies?

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Joanna Payen
Community Member
7 months ago

When my daughter was only a few weeks old I bent down to give her a kiss and she latched onto my chin. She had such a powerful suck that I had to break the suction by inserting my little finger in between my chin and her mouth. I had a red mark on my chin for quite a few weeks. So, yes my little human vacuum cleaner gave me a hickie.

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#21

This Extreme Fear-Mongering Pisses Me Off So Much

This Extreme Fear-Mongering Pisses Me Off So Much

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Natalia
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7 months ago

Nooooo. Stupidity is not contagious, why should the flu shot be?😳

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According to parenting expert Cleare, “Great parents make mistakes but they try to learn from them (and not to repeat them too often!).”

No matter your parenting style, you can’t do much if you’re overworked and exhausted. That means that looking after yourself is priority number one. If you put yourself last, you’re not doing your kids any favors, Cleare told Bored Panda.

#22

F Your Privacy. I’m Gonna Show 53,000 People Your Picture And Tell Them You Got Your Period Today!

F Your Privacy. I’m Gonna Show 53,000 People Your Picture And Tell Them You Got Your Period Today!

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Poor girl, how embarrassing for her.

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#23

From An Unschooling Facebook Page. Poor Kid

From An Unschooling Facebook Page. Poor Kid

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giovanna
Community Member
7 months ago

You sign him up for real school

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#24

I Literally Don't Even Know What To Say

I Literally Don't Even Know What To Say

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howohowo
Community Member
7 months ago

what did I just read

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“Even when you are really busy, try to find regular 5-20 minute breaks in your day when you can relax, practice some mindfulness, or do something joyful,” she said.

“Looking for the positives really does increase positivity,” the parenting expert added, suggesting that we try to maintain positive mindsets by being grateful and thinking about, for example, the 3 things that we’re glad to have in our lives.

#25

Uhhhh Would This Be A Major Red Flag To Anyone Else?

Uhhhh Would This Be A Major Red Flag To Anyone Else?

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Ozacoter
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow. Lazy excuse to be a lousy parent.

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#26

They're Not Vaxxing Their Dogs Either

They're Not Vaxxing Their Dogs Either

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
7 months ago

Please... take the poor doggo from her...

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#27

My Kid's Dentist Told Me Skipping Antibiotics Will Be Really Painful For Her, So I'd Like To Go Ahead And Do That

My Kid's Dentist Told Me Skipping Antibiotics Will Be Really Painful For Her, So I'd Like To Go Ahead And Do That

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

I actually have never heard of someone taking antibiotics BEFORE tooth extraction. Is this really a thing coz I have had 4 teeth extracted and not once did I need to do that. Afterwards yes, but not before.

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Meanwhile, Lenore Skenazy, the president of the Let Grow nonprofit that aims to promote kids’ independence and fights overprotection, explained to us that children’s confidence grows when they know that others believe in them.

“A teacher, coach, grandparent, or, of course, parent who thinks you are terrific and ready to wow the world can make all the difference in the world,” Skenazy said, pointing out that when the support’s not there, it can have negative consequences on the child. So it’s important to balance support while also letting kids develop their independence.

According to Skenazy, how a parent tells their kids something is often more important than what they tell them to do. Kids take cues from grownups, so even phrasing something differently or using a different tone can have positive effects even if the topic that’s being talked about is far from pleasant.

#28

Thats More Than 3 Pagents A Month If They Start When She Was Born! Of Course The Poor Thing Doesn't Want To Out Her Sippy Cup Down Shes A Baby!

Thats More Than 3 Pagents A Month If They Start When She Was Born! Of Course The Poor Thing Doesn't Want To Out Her Sippy Cup Down Shes A Baby!

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

child pageants should be illegal, its just plain cruel

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#29

Egg Fast Keto Mom Group

Egg Fast Keto Mom Group

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

She’ll end up blowing off like a methane rocket.

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#30

Who Says You Can't Be Cool And Rebellious Once You're A Mom

Who Says You Can't Be Cool And Rebellious Once You're A Mom

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Ozacoter
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7 months ago

Me potentially killing people and being proud of it.

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“The best way to make sure that a child starting out in the world feels like their parents believe in them—rather than simply being fed up—is for the parent to make it explicit!” Skenazy explained that this is how parents can communicate to their kids that it’s time to be more independent.

The expert also highlighted that telling the child that you’ll always love them, even though they’re becoming more independent is a healthy, mature way of communicating with them. However, that relies heavily on the parents themselves learning to loosen their grips on their kids and setting the bar for their expectations lower (which, maybe counterintuitively, leads to healthier, happier families).

So, dear Readers, what did you think of this list? Were there any pics that made you go, “Wow, that’s enough internet for me today?” Where do you think the line between being a good and a bad parent lies? What’s the best way to avoid drama on parent groups on social media? Share your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below. And remember, stay excellent!

#31

Please Don’t Make Me Explain Why

Please Don’t Make Me Explain Why

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Dark_flame
Community Member
7 months ago

"Please don't ask me to explain why." 🙃

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#32

Yeah, That’s Just Insane

Yeah, That’s Just Insane

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Zedrapazia
Community Member
7 months ago

People have a bad mood because of Covid-19, not 5G.

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#33

Common Core Is Definitely Part Of The Leftist Agenda

Common Core Is Definitely Part Of The Leftist Agenda

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InvincibleRodent
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

"Home schooling group" kinda defeats the purpose of it being homeschooling, doesn't it. Doing it in a group is not a "home schooling group", that's an illegally operated, small school with unqualified teachers.

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#34

If You Have To Ask...

If You Have To Ask...

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Moon
Community Member
7 months ago

Wait what the f**k

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#35

If Only It Fixed Everything (Found In My Breastfeeding Group)

If Only It Fixed Everything (Found In My Breastfeeding Group)

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
7 months ago

This one is actually funny...

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#36

I Guess You’re Out Of Luck Then

I Guess You’re Out Of Luck Then