Parents Bitching/Complaining & Bragging

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Parents that are non-stop whiners and complainers, or parents that are constant braggers annoy me, and most likely annoy you as well. So, spill the beans! What are some examples that just piss you off?!



For me, I mentioned in the school hours thread about parents who do not support the local schools, but find every opportunity to badmouth teachers and administrators instead of trying to work with the district for improvement. Parents who have zero interest in their kid's education. I am releived that I haven't come across many OVERLY braggy parents. Yes, all parents do brag about their kids to an extent, (myslef included!) but nothing over the top.

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Lindsay - posted on 10/11/2009

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In general, chronic complainers about anything get on my nerves. Someone bragging on their kids doesn't bother me unless that's all I hear from them but if they are bragging about other things, it can get on my nerves.



I have cousin that is a very successful dermatologist and her husband is a rhumatologist. Needless to say, they are financially well off. But for some reason, she continuously complains about how much money it takes to take care of her 2 kids like I don't have a clue. I've also got 2 kids that Josh and I are supporting on his construction income and my school loans but I guess the difference is that we don't have 2 brand new SUVs and aren't building an 8500 sq ft home....

Jeannette - posted on 10/11/2009

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OMG! I have a coworker who brags about her oldest daughter all of the time! Her daughter got into a college program (that was designed for high schoolers btw) and excelled. I was happy for her daughter, but this woman was on and on...her daughter made the dean's list, her husband bought her daughter a mercedes for being on the dean's list, her daughter is the most responsible of all her 3 suite mates and laid down the law even though she's the youngest, her daughter this her daughter that....she has another daughter who got into the same program, but is not like her older sister, so we hardly ever hear about her. I think her younger daughter shows just as much promise, but in a different direction.

I cannot even mention anything about my oldest without questions from her. I said hey, Sara got a scholarship, she said, oh was it a full scholarship? If I said hey, Sara got into such and such music program, she asked is that a music school? Really, I don't recall asking her why her daughter wasn't going to Harvard!

about school involvement:

You know what though, we have tried to work with the teachers and the district, and many of us parents have felt disregarded. I have joined a volunteer program in the past where I go and help kids who need to improve their reading. I listen to them read and help them sound out new words. (I don't now, my job changed) I collect the boxtops, soup labels, went to the PTA meetings (which didn't discuss real educational issues), met the teachers, and I felt as if any questions/concerns I had were completely ignored. For instance, I found out my kid needed extra help in math with division. I asked for tutoring. I was told that my kid didn't qualify for any tutoring because my kid was not failing. I said, yeah, but my kid is going to need to know this for the next step in math. I had to hire a tutor during the summer between 5th and 6th grades. I brought up cheating, asked for my child to get D Hall or something because I found out this child cheated on homework...they said all kids cheat, you are really being too hard on your kid. I said because I don't want the behavior repeated and I want the school to show that it is not acceptable...they told me to stop overreacting. I didn't ask for them to paddle my child or publicly humiliate my child. I even countered with a conference with my child and the assistant principal so my kid would know the school's position on cheating, but no, nothing happened. I don't think my school was helping me at all in regards to their education in that way.

My middle child is in another district this year...and it is like night and day! These people actually care! They are interested in helping her succeed and answer all her questions, not to mention, they recommend new programs for her to try. The people there are more positive too...it is just a breath of fresh air!



edited to clarify change in subject.

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It's scary how stupid this woman is - and she tries to give me advice... and expects me to take her seriously... it would be insulting if I thought she knew how stupid she is... she is completely oblivious to how stupid the shit she says is - makes me feel sad for her after I get over the initial ARE YOU SERIOUS YOU STUPID BROAD anger moment lol

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I don't let Gabriel have ice cream... I don't want him to have ice cream... there's no reason for him to have ice cream... I've been telling these people, dairy is something they recommend you wait until at least a year to give a baby... (besides the whole I am mom and I said no argument that these dumbasses don't grasp) they always say "well we gave our kids dairy when they were babies." And my all time favorite from one particular IDIOT that really pisses me off with the shit she says "Formula is like powdered ice cream anyways, since all it is is powdered milk." I just want to scream at her when she says these idiotic things;

"THAT IS WHY YOU ARE NOT ALLOWD TO BE ALONE WITH MY SON!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Charlie - posted on 10/11/2009

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oh yes ! like " give your child a spoon of brandy to help them get to sleep "
WTF !

?? - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had the same issue Loureen, there were a couple women who continually would say things along the lines of "You have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!" and then elaborate about this thing or that thing and the one woman she would say "Oh I know, I had to watch 3 boys!" And I just smiled and nodded...



I worked at a school, I had between 15 and 45 children under my care and no one so much as got a bruise while I was watching them. I grew up in a household of minimum 4 kids (my siblings from 9pm-7am) and then from 7am-9pm there was as little as 9 and as much as 16 kids in the house and I was the oldest girl. When I was 16 I watched 2 boys for 6 months, day & night, 24/7 (ages 6 months and 3 years) while their mom and dad were in Vancouver with their older brother who had been in a near fatal car crash.



I despise people who figure that because you're a new mom, you obviously know NOTHING about children and that ONE child is going to break you AND on top of that, not only do you know nothing and they will break you but YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! Being tired, scared, worried, exhausted, unsure, all of those feelings... you don't know that you're going to feel them... people just figure you think that because you focus on the good things you don't realize there will be hard times too.



another thing I despise... when old people figure they can tell you something is ok because "I fed it to my kids when they were babies." That whole topic leads to a whole other rant though haha

Charlie - posted on 10/11/2009

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It was mainly the parents at our school telling me these stories i would just think quietly to myself " geez , ive been looking after , feeding , playing , teaching , disciplining , nursing and cleaning up after 30 kids , 5 days a week for the past 5 years i think i will be able to handle my own little baby "
And i was right Cooper is easy compared to 30 , 3-5 year olds and i even miss them !
People complain too much !

Jodi - posted on 10/11/2009

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Quoting Loureen:

I was completely annoyed with parents who would constantly tell me all the downers of parenting when i was pregnant or tell me horror stories about their birthing experiences . UGH !



LOL Loureen, I hate that too.  I have always been one of those people that says it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be :)

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I will never forget the day I was forced to give birth. Feb. 10, 2005, in the middle of parent/teacher conferences. I was chatting with a mom who has 3 boys/3 girls-yup, it was the blended Brady Bunch but a lot more dysfunctional! I was conferencing about her son, and I previously had her daughter for 2 consecutive years. This parent was telling me how much EASIER the girls are to raise, and how boys are so much more difficult. This mom went one and on about how hard it was about boys...and then she blurted out, "I sure hope you're having a girl after all the horrible things I'm telling you about boys." Nope, I'm having a boy! The mom & I had a good laugh, BUT, her son Ryan was one of the reasons why we did not name our son 'Ryan'. I liked the name enough to put on my short list of names!

Sharon - posted on 10/11/2009

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Hahahaa I'm with Loureen - the nightmare stories of impending birth made me want to slap someone.

Charlie - posted on 10/11/2009

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I was completely annoyed with parents who would constantly tell me all the downers of parenting when i was pregnant or tell me horror stories about their birthing experiences . UGH !

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Jeannette, I am so sorry you are having a difficult time with your child's school. I can imagine how frustrating that must be to continously make yourself available, advocate for your child, and still feel like you are not taken seriously. I truly hope that things improve. If your middle child is succeeding in another district, have you considered transferring the one that you're having school issues with?

Anna - posted on 10/11/2009

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My kids didn't sleep thru the night until 9mths and 15mths they both had terrible GERD. I couldn't stand new mothers who new my situation but would ask if they were sleeping thru the night and when I said no they would proceed to brag about how their 5 week old was sleeping thru the night. Or parents who brag about how early their kids met a milestone and compare them to your child, like their kid is some genius prodigy that walked at 10mths..., then proceed to try and give pointers in the area, like they are some expert and shoot you one of those "oh you poor thing" looks....please, who cares, seriously get a life people.



I also can't stand parents that whine that their kids don't listen or misbehave but don't discipline them at all, then tell me I am so lucky my kids are so well behaved. No it's not luck, I actually discipline them and taught them to be like that. Kids do not learn to behave appropriately all by themselves. That really irritates me. If you're not going to do anything about it, don't complain. I could go on and on...but enough w/ my ranting! lol.

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