Fake Babysitting Prank Shows How Little Advice Parents Really Get (VIDEO)

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Babysitting prankWhen I was pregnant, I braced myself for a flurry of unwanted opinions and an outpouring of objections from strangers regarding my parenting choices.  Everyone always laments how many people in the grocery store tell them to do this, and how random restaurant patrons tell them not to do that. But in the nine years I've been raising my children, I can think of less than a handful of times when any random person has offered me such unsolicited advice.

And it's certainly NOT because I'm doing everything right. The fact is, I think this is one of those parenting myths. I think the opposite is actually true -- that people are hesitant about offering parents opinions, even when they may need them.

Take the following video, for example.

In it a guy who goes by the name of Tom Mabe does a host of questionable activities like riding a motorcycle, drinking in a bar, and even trying to buy pot -- all with a baby strapped to his chest.

It's funny, because it's a prank; and watching it you know a real baby isn't in any danger. But the reactions of the people who clearly think it's a real baby are a bit frightening. Only one woman actually says something to him. No one calls the cops, or yells at him, or tries to get him to stop. Maybe some of that was edited out, but I'd like to think more people would be willing to jump in and help a baby out than this. We read so many stories of children being abused, neglected, and otherwise harmed, and everyone wants to know how it is that no one knew. Perhaps instead it's because no one did anything.

Take a look and see what you think. For me it confirms what I already suspected -- that people don't give too much advice to new parents, they don't give enough when it comes to the things that matter. 

Do you feel like you get lots of unwanted parenting advice, or does it seem like a myth?


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amazz... amazzonia

You could really see that it was a doll and not a baby, I think people just thought he was a nut

britn... britneykaren

This video was great!! As far as advice, I know I got it a lot more when I was pregnant, now it's more of "oh, your baby is hungry" or "she's tired, you should take her home to nap" from strangers!!!! I absolutely hate that!!

lalab... lalaboosh

It looks like a fake baby, and most of those people were staring hard enough to have noticed. This whole video looks staged to me. As far as unwanted parenting advice, you do get it in public. I don't know how many times I've been accused of spoiling my infant for walking in circles with the stroller while waiting for the bus. Yes, I'm sure those people would have loved it if I'd just sat on the bench and let her get hysterical before we get on a bus together. I fucking hate people.

amber... amberdotsmom

I guess some people might have thought it was true and still didn't do anything but it's just too obvious it's a doll.  I would have been staring too but I would have been thinking "OK, a motorcycle man and his dolly - interesting".

MamaD... MamaDV1012

This guy has some serious skills.  I'm impressed.  Looks like he'd make a great Dad. 

jpfsmom jpfsmom

You can totally tell it's a doll...in fact if anyone did give him advice I would think they are tapped for not knowing it's a doll.

nonmember avatar zizzler

I get the 'your baby is hungry' thing a lot too. My favorite reply is "What? I have to FEED this thing?" and also "If you think you can do a better job, by all means..." and then I try to hand them my wailing baby. Priceless reactions abound.

Carly Rau

i get unwanted comments, not advice lol once in stop and shop my husband daughter and i were waiting to check out while a woman in front of us gave us the usual, how cute, how old, shes so sweet...then she stopped and said, she must be the milkmans daughter! (my husband has dark brown hair, i have light brown, zoe is blonde lol) we just stared at her for like 30 secs until it sank in and gave an awkward laugh... just because she has blonde hair doesnt mean im doing strangers behind my hubbys back!! lol!! my dad and sister are blonde! hell my neice is blonde too lol! oh man it was a lot funnier after we left than at the moment.

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