Sometimes parents want to be 'relatable' and 'cool', so they use meme references and words like 'lit' but these things don't cut it. All these desperate attempts do is just embarrass their kids. However, if they try something really ridiculous, it brings them even more shame. They end up on the subreddit /r/InsaneParents.

The online community describes itself as "a weird place where you can post those crazy parents who post in those woo-woo anti-vax groups on Facebook and do things harmful (directly and indirectly) to their children. We want to be a place where people can come and both get support and laugh. So this sub is a mixture of both the heartbreaking and the hilarious. Come and join us. Especially if you have your own stories to tell or your own social media content to post." Below you will find some of their most popular posts.

#1

My Mother Dearest, Whom My Sister And I Just Let Back Into Our Lives, Talking To My Sister About Her Daughter (My Niece). Behold The Kind Of Person She Is

My Mother Dearest, Whom My Sister And I Just Let Back Into Our Lives, Talking To My Sister About Her Daughter (My Niece). Behold The Kind Of Person She Is

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope the child of this awful woman stuck to "you're done", but I have a feeling this wasn't the first and won't be the last time her mother behaves this way. She didn't even express surprise that her mother spoke that way.

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Bored Panda has already published two posts about the subreddit (here and here) but it looks like there's no shortage of insane moms and dads; people keep posting more and more parenting horror stories. Even though the subreddit was created relatively recently, in 2017, it already unites over 1.2 million members, with thousands online at any given moment. 

It's normal for parents and their kids to have different views and opinions. In fact, they can be used for growth, too. Vicki Broadbent, founder of Honest Mum and author of Mumboss, is one of those parents who are open to learning from their children as much as they want to teach them. "They've taught me a lot from feeling more confident when I've been trolled online, to how to create a TikTok video!" she told Bored Panda. "My kids aged 10 and 8 respectively are both creative, empathetic, resilient, and strong-willed little humans. We base our relationships on open conversations and trust. I think the art of listening has been lost somewhat, and rather than being didactic as a parent, we need to practice listening more (and really hearing) to others' points of view, before sharing our own views.

#2

Guilty Has Punished

Guilty Has Punished

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S.
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4 months ago

93% is a really great score, though! I'm proud of the daughter.

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Broadbent acknowledges that parents have the responsibility to inform, protect, and guide their kids, however, she thinks that children who feel endlessly chastised and forced to conform will do the complete opposite. "You have more chance of persuading your children to do the right thing if you are calm in the way you present your opinions."

"Encouraging children to talk to you honestly without judgement means they will always come to you when they're in trouble. It's also healthy they learn that no one will ever always agree with one another. Another lost art is that of debating!"

When Rebekah Tayebi, a clinical therapist and family coach, looks at toxic family systems, one thing that becomes really evident to her is seeing that the children are more attuned to the needs of the parents. That means, the typical parent-child relationship is inverted and there's confusion about what appropriate boundaries should be in place.

"The hard part for children in these environments is that which is like so many of us, is that we might start to mirror the dysfunction that we're seeing," Tayebi said. That's the reason why it's so important to start to catch negative patterns in the moment and try to eradicate them.

#3

I Feel Like This Applies A Lot For The Parents On Here

I Feel Like This Applies A Lot For The Parents On Here

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Exact!

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"Parenting is hard, there's no manual, we're all simply trying to navigate our children through choppy waters and this ever challenging life to be kind and strong," Broadbent concluded. "We also want them to have fun. Childhood is precious. I also think showing my own children my own vulnerabilities has encouraged greater empathy in them and they've understood early on that I'm a real human being not a womb on legs."

What some parents apparently forget is that they need their kids just as much as their little ones need them. When Broadbent had a big operation on her thyroid, for example, she was amazed to find just how much her children can support her during a difficult time.

I don't know, maybe some of the parent-child relationships we see on r/InsaneParents are beyond saving. But I hope they can at least act as a reminder for the rest of us to cherish ours. 

#4

I Decided To Finally Go Vaccinated Behind My Anti-Vax Parent's Back!

I Decided To Finally Go Vaccinated Behind My Anti-Vax Parent's Back!

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Yibo Wang
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, in my home country, some of the vaccines are composary, whether you like it or not.

Carrot dude
Community Member
4 months ago

Where is it not compulsory? I live in the U.S. and my kids can't go to school without their vaccines.

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Clever Dog
Community Member
4 months ago

America needs to STOP with this anti vax bullshit it is killing people and leaching into the rest of the world. Its all based on a debunked scientist and makes me so mad. Its not anti religious to have a vaccine , its anti smart not to have one. Go get a vaccine and stop believing people that have no science training.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

The anti vax thing is sadly widespread in rich western countries, not just the US.

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kjorn
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4 months ago

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
4 months ago

Hell yeah. Saving lives, and not just her own.

Tequila4Two
Community Member
4 months ago

I have never seen anyone this happy to get a needle in her body.

H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

When I first went travelling to various Asian countries, I needed to get so many jabs. Not just the regular ones for travel, but all the ones I missed as a child. My mother gave me only the polio oral vaccine as a child. This was back in the 80s, before Wakefield, but the anti-vax stuff was already quite a thing in 'alternative' circles. I was lucky to escape unscathed from measles at age 4.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Well done to her.

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
4 months ago

Good on you!

Soap
Community Member
4 months ago

Yay, Congrats! :D

deanna woods
Community Member
4 months ago

My parents made sure that my sister and I got every single vaccine we needed and still will help us pay for our annual flu vaccine. You know why? Because good parents listen to doctors and don't trust some dumb crap they saw on the internet.

Meme_inspector12
Community Member
4 months ago

good for you! :)

VANILLA
Community Member
4 months ago

Great job! Bravo bravo

Vanta Black
Community Member
4 months ago

Well done!

Katy McMouse
Community Member
4 months ago

She gives hope that this b.s. will be eradicated.

Melissa Powell
Community Member
4 months ago

I think most school districts now require the measles vaccine for sure. Not sure what is wrong with parents who see vaccines as evil. What is evil is a child with a disease that you as a parent could have prevented and chose not too. Anti-vaxxers really piss me off.

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

This girl reminds me of myself in my teens. I wasn't that cute, tho. :-)

GirlFriday
Community Member
4 months ago

My cousin's child did this when she was 16 and able to see the doctor without her parents.

Alex De Leon
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn, you made it past 5

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
4 months ago

Vaccines should be mandatory, unless there is a legitimate medical reason, such as an allergy.

DC
Community Member
4 months ago

Gread decision! Antivax parents should be called pro-disease-parents.

Bri Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

Smart kid

ClaudiaDarla03
Community Member
4 months ago

she is pretty. i love her skirt. lol

SHSL Hope Bagel
Community Member
4 months ago

good for you!

Among Us
Community Member
4 months ago

Noice gurl

Agnieszka Oleszkowicz
Community Member
4 months ago

You go, Girl !

Nora the mistake 0_o
Community Member
2 weeks ago

YOU GO GIRL!!!

jocelyn annette harris
Community Member
1 month ago

Good job!

PsychoTRX
Community Member
1 month ago

good for you :)

AntiAntiVaxx
Community Member
2 months ago

ATTA GIRL!**

AntiAntiVaxx
Community Member
2 months ago

ATTA BOY!

Jane Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

good on you girl

KAROLYN CLARK
Community Member
4 months ago

i like that skirt

Laura Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

she looks grown up enough to make her own choices

Thalia Grace
Community Member
4 months ago

YOU GO GIRL! YOU RULE!

Joe Monti
Community Member
4 months ago

Well done !

Patty Leaton
Community Member
4 months ago

great

Lyone Fein
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for her.

*eats pancake*
Community Member
4 months ago

hey good job!

Christianne Melanson
Community Member
4 months ago

How old does a child have to be to get vaccinated without a parent's permission?

Remi Flynne
Community Member
4 months ago

Depends on what part of the world you live in. Asking your doctors office will give you the answer.

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Christianne Melanson
Community Member
4 months ago

How old do children have to be to get vaccinated without parent's permission?

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for you. Let them watch you not die, turn autistic, get poisoned

Kelly Hartle
Community Member
4 months ago

You have to protect yourself, whether they do or not.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
4 months ago

Good for you!! You'll be healthy visiting them in the hospital...

Anthony Henry
Community Member
4 months ago

Great for U! I hope that you stay safe over the remainder of the year!

Rosemari Ferreira Gebbran
Community Member
4 months ago

This one gotta a real reason for being rebel.

Angus Carnegie
Community Member
4 months ago

yeah! go against those fecking morons.

Isabella Vega
Community Member
4 months ago

Yay you will now survive!

Full Name
Community Member
4 months ago

People didn't survive before vaccinations?

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Matthew Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you!

Diane Patrick
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4 months ago

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You stupid girl! Read a vaccine package insert and find out the truth about toxic vaccines. I hope that is not the HPV vaccine. It’s one of the most damaging.

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#5

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Scyth
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4 months ago

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Important life skills if you ask me.

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#6

Should've Stayed At Home

Should've Stayed At Home

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actaully...nevermind
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4 months ago

Yeah and school was because i was born too dumb...SoRrY eVeRyOnE

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#7

Essential Oils Don’t Work

Essential Oils Don’t Work

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

the world is going to the dogs. these idiots should NOT have kids

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#8

An Insane Mom

An Insane Mom

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow.

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#9

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Boopie Dew
Community Member
4 months ago

Put mom in her place, good for you!

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#10

Father Tries To Say He Put Me Through College. My 1k Monthly Loan Payments Say Otherwise

Father Tries To Say He Put Me Through College. My 1k Monthly Loan Payments Say Otherwise

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Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
4 months ago

Snap!

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#11

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Yoshie Inara
Community Member
4 months ago

Damn, my parents are like this

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#12

Oh Yes They Will...

Oh Yes They Will...

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Boopie Dew
Community Member
4 months ago

Ouch

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#13

Insane Parents Destroy Their Child’s Art Tablet For... Not Getting Up On Time

Insane Parents Destroy Their Child’s Art Tablet For... Not Getting Up On Time

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

that's horrible

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#14

Is Violence The Answer ? I Don't Think So

Is Violence The Answer ? I Don't Think So

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone call child services on this woman. Now. She's just confessed in writing to assault.

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#15

Never Thought My Mom Was That Insane But I Guess Jesus Is Anti-Metal Straw. Sorry If It Doesn't Seem Serious, I Can't Take Anything Seriously

Never Thought My Mom Was That Insane But I Guess Jesus Is Anti-Metal Straw. Sorry If It Doesn't Seem Serious, I Can't Take Anything Seriously

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

?? I'm religious, and my religion puts emphasis on caring for your environment and those you share it with (aka plants and animals), so I'm not sure why metal straws are a bad thing — especially since OP's intention is to help turtles.

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#16

Hypocritical, Awful And Abusive

Hypocritical, Awful And Abusive

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

wow. just wow.

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#17

Raised By Insane Parents Feels

Raised By Insane Parents Feels

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Chelsea Shimell
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s exactly how I feel, I’ve been lucky and I don’t even know anyone who has had covid. But this isn’t even my top 10 worst years of my life.

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#18

My Mother Blamed Me For Her Suicidal Tendencies. I'm 15

My Mother Blamed Me For Her Suicidal Tendencies. I'm 15

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Complete emotional manipulation.

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#19

Because His Kid Didn't Do Homework?

Because His Kid Didn't Do Homework?

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

A dog should never belong to a child. It's not a toy. These parents are incredibly cruel, to both the dog and the child.

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#20

Check Mate, Religious Insane Parents

Check Mate, Religious Insane Parents

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rgr8
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! The bible, is not very clear on its views on homosexuality, but it is very clear on its views on how to treat other people.

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#21

Poor Kid

Poor Kid

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Squee
Community Member
4 months ago

This is irresponsible and really bad for the kid

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#22

Abusing Child Support

Abusing Child Support

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

That mother is so selfish and really cruel. I'm glad that OP is looking out for their daughter, she deserves better.

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#23

Lady Tries To Blame Vaccines After Her Son Contracts Hiv

Lady Tries To Blame Vaccines After Her Son Contracts Hiv

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Flisey
Community Member
4 months ago

When are people going to hop off the "Vaccines cause Autism" train? And you either 'have ' autism or 'are' autistic, you can't be 'are autism'

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#24

My Dad Charges Me $300 A Month For Rent And Refuses To Let Me Move Out. After Spending The Weekend With My Boyfriend, I Received This

My Dad Charges Me $300 A Month For Rent And Refuses To Let Me Move Out. After Spending The Weekend With My Boyfriend, I Received This

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Si
Community Member
4 months ago

Ex dad

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#25

Using Your Daughter’s Entire College Fund To Pay For Your Crappy Pyramid Scheme Products

Using Your Daughter’s Entire College Fund To Pay For Your Crappy Pyramid Scheme Products

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

The ENTIRE college fund???? How dare you. How could you?

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#26

This Was By Far The Worst Incident. I Was In 2nd Grade, 7-8 Years Old And Just Went Through Some Of The Worst Trauma Of My Life And My Mom Was More Worried About Going To Vegas Then My Health

This Was By Far The Worst Incident. I Was In 2nd Grade, 7-8 Years Old And Just Went Through Some Of The Worst Trauma Of My Life And My Mom Was More Worried About Going To Vegas Then My Health

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

bich you know where else you cant go? Heaven

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#27

Children Aren’t Slaves, Apologize When You’re Supposed To

Children Aren’t Slaves, Apologize When You’re Supposed To

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
4 months ago

yes! please apologize and explain things to your child

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#28

Found It On Facebook

Found It On Facebook

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Why even bother with this woman?

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#29

My Moms Response When I Came Out To Her. Haven’t Talked To Them For Two Weeks Now

My Moms Response When I Came Out To Her. Haven’t Talked To Them For Two Weeks Now

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

you can see the mum tried to sound all swaggy, but failed.

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#30

I Didn't Want To Give My Jehovah's Witness Dad My Password Because I Was Texting A Girl And He Smashed It With An Axe And Then Beat Me. That Was 5 Years Ago And Today I'm Happily Living Together With That Girl

I Didn't Want To Give My Jehovah's Witness Dad My Password Because I Was Texting A Girl And He Smashed It With An Axe And Then Beat Me. That Was 5 Years Ago And Today I'm Happily Living Together With That Girl

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Jon Michael
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4 months ago

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Jehovah's witness. Nuff said

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#31

I Definitely Hope I Can "Indoctrinate" My Children Into Believing In Human Rights

I Definitely Hope I Can "Indoctrinate" My Children Into Believing In Human Rights

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Shame about the spelling mistake on the sign though - in a school.

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#32

Just A Cold

Just A Cold

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Satire?

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#33

Imagine Being A Pos Who Not Only Pulls Their Kid Out Of School Due To Not Wanting To Vaccinate Him But Also Broadcast His Misery In An Attempt To Get People To Side With You...

Imagine Being A Pos Who Not Only Pulls Their Kid Out Of School Due To Not Wanting To Vaccinate Him But Also Broadcast His Misery In An Attempt To Get People To Side With You...

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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

punishing a kid by not vaccinating him!? horrible

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#34

Parents "React" To Their 6 Year Old's Report Card For Views

Parents "React" To Their 6 Year Old's Report Card For Views

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

Showing your kids' faces uncensored and making money off them is already bad on its own, but to actively violate their right to privacy on such a scale is horrendous. Family vloggers need to stop exploiting innocent children like this for views and money.

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#35

I Don't Understand How Scientology Came Into Play

I Don't Understand How Scientology Came Into Play

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, the ignorance is terrifying. I hope some of those 73 comments set them straight.

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#36

You Should Be Grateful

You Should Be Grateful

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

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#37

This Was Not Posted In A Joking Way

This Was Not Posted In A Joking Way

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Boopie Dew
Community Member
4 months ago

Thats devastating to do to someone. Not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

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#38

“A 5 Year Old Is Perfectly Capable Of Fending For Himself”

“A 5 Year Old Is Perfectly Capable Of Fending For Himself”

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Si
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4 months ago

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Her fiancé left him home alone too.

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#39

Update: I’m Immunocompromised And My Mom Refused To Let Me Isolate. Now I Have The Coronavirus

Update: I’m Immunocompromised And My Mom Refused To Let Me Isolate. Now I Have The Coronavirus

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divydumdrop hello
Community Member
4 months ago

I am so sorry that your family was not understanding of your situation and I truly hope that you get better soon.

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#40

A Question That Came Into One Of My Local Radio Stations

A Question That Came Into One Of My Local Radio Stations

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Her poor son. Her poor husband. She needs to find something in life that really matters, to put her energy into.

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#41

Spare The Rod

Spare The Rod

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah spanking always seemed a tautology of a punishment: *smack* "how many times do I have to tell you [name]?! *smack* We. Do. Not. Hit. People!" *smack*

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#42

Glad I Have A Good Relationship With My Parents

Glad I Have A Good Relationship With My Parents

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Scyth
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4 months ago

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Sounds familiar? This always happens between men and women, but cops have the "believe all women" doctrine and the men get the worst from it.

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#43

Idiot

Idiot

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

even worse, she literally y e e t i n g the beer into the poor baby's face

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#44

My Fiance's Mom When We First Started Dating

My Fiance's Mom When We First Started Dating

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

So much racism in some people, it's astounding.

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#45

Imagine Posting This And Being Proud Of The Anger That You Just Took Out On This Kid's Form Of Entertainment

Imagine Posting This And Being Proud Of The Anger That You Just Took Out On This Kid's Form Of Entertainment

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

Just you

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#46

A Friend Of Mine Who’s 27 Years Old

A Friend Of Mine Who’s 27 Years Old

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

You could have fun with this and hide some weird and random stuff in your bin.

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#47

Her Brother Died Of Measles, But She Still Won’t Vaccinate Her Child Against It

Her Brother Died Of Measles, But She Still Won’t Vaccinate Her Child Against It

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh no, this is too much. Her own brother dies of it and she still doesn't vaccinate.

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#48

Breaking A 7-Year-Old's Heart On Christmas

Breaking A 7-Year-Old's Heart On Christmas

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S.
Community Member
4 months ago

I worry about the people who reacted to this with the laughing emoji.

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#49

And Guess What She’d Have Blamed Her Son’s Autism On If She Did Vaccinate?

And Guess What She’d Have Blamed Her Son’s Autism On If She Did Vaccinate?

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
4 months ago

"i did all the right things. Had a natural birth, DiDn'T vAcCiNaTe, breastfed on d e m a n d for a year, fed a healthy diet..." Your's truly, -Seeking Sympathy 2020

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#50

My 5yo Child Is Enrolling In School And They Say I Can’t Come And Breastfeed Him. I’m Being Discriminated Against!

My 5yo Child Is Enrolling In School And They Say I Can’t Come And Breastfeed Him. I’m Being Discriminated Against!

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actaully...nevermind
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4 months ago

everyone pray for that innocent seven year old!

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