7 Cringe-Worthy Facebook Faux Pas (page 2)

7 Cringe-Worthy Facebook Faux Pas

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Updated on Sep 18, 2013

The Bragger. Oh, did your kid just learn to walk? The bragger's baby walked out of the womb, actually. So your child said his first word? Her little one's conjugating verbs while speaking perfect French. Oh yeah, the bragger mommy is always two steps ahead of you, so no matter what you post about your child on Facebook, her budding Einstein is just a little bit better. Going toe to toe with this parent means you'll either have to lie or lose, so avoid at all costs.

  • Check yourself before you allow jealousy to get the best of you. You don't always need to compare your child to someone else's. If a friend shares her joy over her baby's latest triumph, the correct response is "Congrats!"

The Complainer. Look, frustrated parents have to vent every so often, and that's fine. But the type of mom who peppers her news feed with tirades on fatigue, a messy house, feeling unappreciated, or the fact that her library is out of copies of 50 Shades of Grey means automatic deletion.

  • Don't use Facebook as a dumping ground for anything that annoys you. It paints a picture that you're unhappy with your lot in life and miserable with kids. If you need to vent, call up a friend and do it IRL instead of on a social networking site.

The Martyr. This is a special breed of annoying parent, since she gives her entire life, personality, free time and sanity for her kids. She's the one who posts that she's busy baking whole wheat bread while homeschooling, knitting all clothes from scratch, making her own paper and decorating with homemade vintage accents. The rest of us Kraft dinner-feeding, TV-watching, high-fructose corn syrup-embracing, mall-shopping moms simply have to bow down to the almighty mother.

  • It's great that you're feeling awesome about being a great parent; just make sure that it doesn't alienate others. Your Facebook friends appreciate honesty, so post about the time that you accidentally used baking soda instead of sugar or caved and gave your cranky toddler a lollipop too.

If you're guilty of being any of the above Facebook faux pas, don't worry; there's hope! The next time you want to post about your kid, take a step back. Is the post pointless? Does it embarrass your child in ways that will turn him red when he's 16? Does it include gross pictures? If so, feel free to log out. Your Facebook friends will thank you.

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