Fake 'Parenting' Magazine Cover Goes Viral: Look & See Why (PHOTO)

parentingWhen I first saw the new parody cover of Parenting magazine, I laughed. Hard for eight in the morning. Because, although hyperbolic, it's true. Parents, let's be honest. We can be annoying sometimes. Of course we don't think we're being annoying, because, who thinks they're being annoying? But, since having my daughter, I've definitely caught myself doing things I rolled by eyes at when I was childless. (Of course, it's much easier to roll your eyes at parents when you're childless.) I've force-fed photos of my toddler to my co-workers, truly believing that their coos were as genuine as my own (appreciate it, ladies). I've exclaimed "good job!" at my daughter after she tried something at a restaurant, as if she went in the back to the kitchen and whipped it up herself. And I've been whole-heartedly convinced (maybe still am) that my child is "advanced."

But, even though this bogus magazine cover makes me laugh in that funny-because-it's-true kind of way, question: Haven't parents been doing this shit since the beginning of time? They just didn't have the Internet.

I have a theory that everyone -- parents, pet owners, people who go on vacations, teens -- has become exponentially more "annoying" since the introduction of Internet and social media. All blogs and social media are inherently a form of narcissism, aren't they? You're writing about you and what's going on in your life. And if you're a parent, well, that's a big part of your life, so it's only natural that it's what you post and talk about. But if you had Facebook and or Twitter and Instagram before you became a parent, think about it: What did you write about? Did you vent about your job? Post photos from your trip to Antwerp? Take selfies in a new outfit and put it on Facebook? Odds are, you posted about something that was going on in your life. I don't have Facebook anymore, but when I did, pre-parenthood, my posts entailed musings about my shih tzu; pics from European adventures (some of which included photos of my feet); and general observations about life in Los Angeles and New York. Outside of my circle of friends, my posts were probably interesting to exactly no one.

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But parents on the Internet seem to be a particularly easy target. The ability to find them irritating, especially when you don't have children, doesn't seem to be difficult for many. There are entire blogs dedicated to how annoying parents are. And I think it's because when an Internet parent is obnoxious, they're really obnoxious. (If you've ever read the comments on parenting blogs, you've met these people.) But, like I said, these people also existed before Facebook. Everything was just IRL back then. I sometimes have to laugh when people pull the "I was raised so-and-so way and I'm fine" card, because, if they were being raised now, their parents would have done things completely different. Maybe their mom would be the lady who posted 200 photos of them on Facebook everyday?

Although the Internet has brought many of us together in many ways, it's also changed us and made us a lot more oblivious (parents who post 200 photos to Facebook), and a lot meaner (people who make fun of these parents). But it is what is, people. It's not going to change any time soon, so we may all just get used to.

And at least have a sense of humor about. "Is your toddler funnier than Oscar Wilde?"? That's funny.

Are you annoyed with parents? Do you post a lot to Facebook about your kids? What do you think of this cover?

Image via Parenting/@kittus/Twitter

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Baile... Bailey8307

I try not to overdo it with the Facebook pics because it is a little annoying when it's multiple pics multiple times per day! However, my kids are my life and I am proud of them. If a few pics of the kids once in a while irritates someone then I really don't want them as a friend anyway.

nonmember avatar George&me

I rarely post picture online, especially of my kids. But on facebook I do mention my kids once or twice a week. On other websites though I like to share my interest, ideas, and opinions that DON'T involve parenting. I'm with my kids 24/7, so I need other things to talk about lol.

Chris... ChrisCheung

Well this makes me feel even worse. I had my nails done last year, for the first and only time and I won't forget the lady was making small chat and asked if I had kids, I told her yes, one and she asked if she could see a picture as both her and my husband share an ethnic background and she wanted to see how well we mixed. Imagine my embarrassment when I couldn't show her any because I realized I had never had pictures of him done and didn't carry any in my purse.

hsabr... hsabroker

It's best not to post pics or info about your kids on facebook. Safety first!

nonmember avatar mel

Yeah I do not post pictures of my daughter online . I don't want any creeper taking her photo and using it . I don't post any pictures at all. There are real sickos and weirdos out there. I've been watching catfish on mtv , and I realize most of those people lifted their fake photos from real profiles. Sorry but if you want to see pics of my kids, youll have to come visit me and have some tea !

Baile... Bailey8307

That's why you have it set to only friends can view the pictures and be selective about who your friends are. It's a great way for me to share pics with their grandparents, aunties & uncles and our close friends

Calic... CalicoMeezer

I have all photis set to "Friends Only." In my circle of friends, I get as many or more "likes" from my childless friends as my parent friends. I swear my one dear friend in England has "New R pic" radar, because she's almost always one of the first to "like" a new photo of my daughter.

I say Pbbbt! to the haters, though I try not to be an obnoxious parent. Lol

Caitl... Caitlyn137

I don't get it the cover is not funny

nonmember avatar Dannielle

Life is so much easier & a little less stressful when you have the ability till laugh at yourself.

Izla Izla

Truth is, Facebook parents are jerks. Always better, know better, do better. "I'm a vegan, breastfeeding, homeschooling mom and my children have never been vaccinated, only eat what I grow and we are all better than you."

It makes me sick the amount of competition and showmanship mothers have instead of a sense of commraderie.

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