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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deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

Your sister has the right answer. Your mom is a piece of work. You never call children names.

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month ago

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

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#5

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

All of those are actually pretty good job skills.

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#6

Should've Stayed At Home

Should've Stayed At Home

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actaully...nevermind
Community Member
1 month 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Those people should be charged with murder, manslaughter or child endangerment (whatever it comes under).

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#8

An Insane Mom

An Insane Mom

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow.

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#9

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

What a psycho! To Hell with going to church!

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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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Boopie Dew
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup, sounds like something my ex did. My grown daughter called him out infront of everyone he knows. It was awesome. He didn't want to be a part of her life not the other way around.

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#11

Insane Parents

Insane Parents

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Soap
Community Member
1 month ago

No Words.

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#12

Oh Yes They Will...

Oh Yes They Will...

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Boopie Dew
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What a disgusting piece of garbage, you just don't do that and you don't brag about it either.

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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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Violet brown
Community Member
1 month ago

what the f-??

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#16

Hypocritical, Awful And Abusive

Hypocritical, Awful And Abusive

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Violet brown
Community Member
1 month ago

"every child deserves a parent, but not every parent deserves a child"

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#17

Raised By Insane Parents Feels

Raised By Insane Parents Feels

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Chelsea Shimell
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

what the f**k? i feel sorry for both kid and doggo, won't be surprised if kid will hold grudge on parents for eons...

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#20

Check Mate, Religious Insane Parents

Check Mate, Religious Insane Parents

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe I can get all those years of rent back from my parents. They're religious nutjobs.

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#21

Poor Kid

Poor Kid

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Squee
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

What the actual, she needs to get out of that house and away from that nasty piece of crap.

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Violet brown
Community Member
1 month ago

I am so mad right now... she worked up all her courage and she get's this :(

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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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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

That is grim. But, I'm glad you are now happy.

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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
1 month 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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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You just endangered hundreds of people and at least a few will die. You belong in prison.

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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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Violet brown
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

pfffft "studied" poor kid though

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people really should not be parents.

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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
1 month 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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I think the father should be packing the bags and taking the child. She is not right in the head if she truly thinks what she did was fine. Isn't there laws about this kind of thing.

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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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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

You'd think a cancer survivor would know better...

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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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S.
Community Member
1 month ago

Imagine having a life so full of privileges that this is the issue you worry about — to the point of having it broadcasted on the radio. PS: Andy is a super cool name.

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#41

Spare The Rod

Spare The Rod

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month 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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Demian
Community Member
1 month ago

Story of my life brought up in an African home. You don't defend yourself, you don't block hits, you don't talk back, you can never be right and your parents can never be wrong

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#43

Idiot

Idiot

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

How can anyone not see that giving a kid this age alcohol, caffeine or sugar is just giving them an early start on addiction?

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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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S.
Community Member
1 month ago

As a fellow Asian............ That's really a new one, lol what?

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Sarcastic Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

*facepalms*

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Sick woman. Your child will be fine. You are still breastfeeding to meet your own needs, not his.

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