Parenting ain’t what it used to be (thank goodness)

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Parents these days, they don’t know they’re born.

So say a lot of people anyway, mainly belonging to the previous generations. Not all of them, but a not-insignificant subset who seem mightily miffed that parent and child parking spaces are actually a thing and see fit to complain every time the subject is mentioned in a local Facebook group.

This is how it tends to go:

Mum 1: Ugh today some jackass in a BMW parked in the last P&C space and then when I asked him what he was doing he told me to mind my own business!

Mum 2, 3, 4 & 5: Woah, that’s terrible. I hope you reported him/wiped a dirty nappy on the handle/cursed him with a pox upon his house/karma gets him etc etc

Bitter lady 1: IN MY DAY WE DIDN’T HAVE SPECIAL PARKING SPACES AND WE GOT ALONG FINE.

The subtext:

You should struggle on, otherwise what’s the point in being a parent?

If you can’t martyr yourself to the cause, if you’re not truly suffering, why even bother at all?

Sorry Margaret, but you’re not going to make me feel bad for utilising the nice big parking space that’s right there so that my toddler doesn’t smack the BMW next door, or get themselves mown down by a lunatic because there’s nowhere for him to stand while I’m getting the bags out of the boot.

It’s not just parking that gets their knickers in a twist.

In my day, there were no such thing as disposable nappies or tumble driers! We had to wash and dry everything by hand! And you complain about changing a few smelly nappies…

Wow, that must really have sucked, I’m sorry for you I really am. BUT you also probably didn’t have to get up and go to work whilst your baby was in nappies; plenty of time to wash and peg out endless washing when you are at home all day with no internet because it hasn’t been invented yet. A bit shit maybe, but not our fault. I’ll grab on to every shortcut I can ta.

All hail the mighty iPad

All hail the mighty iPad

CBeebies? IPads? Totally unnecessary, just an excuse for laziness. Parents these days just don’t want to pay attention to their children. 

Well bully for you, Marjory. Maybe that parent has a work deadline? Maybe they are just plain FED UP of the whining. And didn’t one of your kids go to prison…?

Good lord, how on earth did we survive without video monitors/room thermometers/the latest electronic advancement in child safety? Oh that’s right, we just got on with it.

God forbid people want their children to be safe. I mean yes, I imagine a lot is a marketing ploy, but it’s my money to spend thanks Tracey.

Rear facing car seats? What a load of nonsense. We just strapped our kids to the roof and they were fine. 

Oh give over.

Listen to me, bitter people whose children have flown the nest, leaving you too much time to be hideous to other people on the internet:

Stop begrudging modern parents things that make their lives easier and make their children’s lives safer.

Parenting is not a competition of who had it hardest*. Using the tools available to us, in this the year 2018, is not cheating. Being a parent is hard, no matter what shortcuts you choose to take, and parents should be supported and not berated.

Stop being miserable, and for the love of all that’s holy, stop parking in our blinking parking spaces.

*Want to read ten reasons why parenting in the 21st century is actually harder? Go on.

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