Do you ever feel like other parents do things so well (or so terribly) that it just makes things harder for you and your kids? I mean, when you sit down to think about it, there are a whole lot of things other parents are ruining for the rest of us. And if you are one of those parents ruining it for the rest of us, there's still time to cease and desist! No, really! You can do it! It's not too late!
I have one mom friend who excels at the whole "knowing exactly what babies need and what activities they can be in from what age" thing. She always has the best sippy cups or the best kids' clothes and her daughter always seems to be reciting some new song from their music group. Meanwhile, my kid is using a mismatched take-and-toss cup that's been through the dishwasher one too many times, and I'm struggling to remember if there's possibly a second verse to any of the (very short, in my opinion) children's songs I manage to recite whenever I feel guilty.
I blame social media for most of these problems, because I wish I didn't know what every other mom was incorporating in her child's beautiful bento-box lunch that I saw in that perfectly shot and styled Instagram post. And one day I'm really not going to want my kid to see what their friends got from the tooth fairy while I'm still trying to eke out $1.00 and a bar of chocolate. So to all those perfect parents out there, can you please stop ruining it for the rest of us by doing any of the following: