Extremely Irritating Things That Parents Have to Stop Doing Right Now

Let me make one thing clear: no, I don’t have children. I’m not even close. However, I’ve grown up with numerous siblings, step-siblings, little cousins, friends of the family and taught enough children that I’ve been around more kids than most.

Most days I see parents doing things that just make me think mate, what are you doing. I decided to compile a list of the most irritating parents do. If you do any of these things, please take a look at yourself.

Lying to your kids. This irritates me no end. Whether it’s pacifying them to keep them quiet or letting them think Santa Claus is real, lying to your child damages their trust, gives them false hope in certain situations, and often confuses them. Kids aren’t dumb. Treat them with respect.

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Putting photos on Facebook. Constantly. Congrats, you produced a little ball of snot and vomit and poo. We’re all very happy for you. It doesn’t mean we have to see 50 pictures a day (not to mention status updates) of “my kid just walked its first steps!” “We’re having a great Christmas!” “My son/daughter is ill :(” PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND SPEND NORMAL, SOCIAL MEDIA-FREE TIME WITH YOUR CHILD. PLEASE.

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Ignoring your baby when it’s crying. Look, I know your baby cries a lot. I know you’re probably sick of it and tried everything to calm it down and now you’re just used to blocking out its screams. But when I see mothers using their phones while their small child is crying, or parents refusing to acknowledge their little ball of joy is annoying everyone else in a two-mile radius, it gets grating.

Let me be clear: I sometimes see babies crying, and their mothers cradling them, talking to them, or whatever. That is fine. If anything, I feel pity. It’s when I see babies getting completely ignored.

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Look at that grin on his face. He probably doesn’t even realise he’s been bad. *Rolls eyes*

Taking a picture of them when they’ve been naughty. “Hold on sweetheart! Yeah, right there with the toilet paper in your hand! Maybe sit here so it’s surrounding you! All right, don’t move, I’m going to take a picture! OK! NO, don’t smile, look guilty, like I’ve just walked in! There, perfect! Let’s see how many likes it can get!”

Seriously.

6 Signs Your A Grammar Nazi

1. The title of this post made you wince. It’s “YOU’RE”, damn it!

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2. Bad grammar and spelling upsets you more than content.

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3. THIS bothers you more than it should.

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4. You get inexplicably angry when someone declares that their spelling “isn’t wrong, it’s creative.”

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5. You refuse to repost a hilarious meme because they used the wrong version of “there/their/they’re”

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6. If someone uses incorrect spelling and grammar, it’s impossible to take them seriously.

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Seriously. Proofread before you post. It could save lives.

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Quite Exciting News

Hi everyone! As you might know, it is less than two weeks until my full time job as an English teacher comes to an end, and frankly, it can’t get here fast enough. Writing full time is going to be an amazing journey, one that won’t be interrupted with tiredness and lack of time.the-queens-alchemist-book-cover

To celebrate, I’ve made The Queen’s Alchemist and More Tales of Atharron permanently free on Amazon. It is my newest book, a short collection of fantasy stories. Here are some reasons you should dowload it right now:

  • It takes less than 30 minutes to read
  • If you still haven’t read Blood of the Fallen, The Queen’s Alchemist gives you a taste of the author’s writing style and a glimpse into the fantasy world of Theldiniya and Atharron, five hundred years before the events of the Blood Scrolls Trilogy.
  • It has an average of 4.8/5 stars on Amazon.
  • It’s fantasy, so if you love a quick fantasy read, this might be for you.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out The Queen’s Alchemist for yourself.

Anyway, if you decide to get it, that’d be awesome. If not, thank you for reading this blog post anyway, and I wish you an amazing day. Loveyabyeee!

The Most Dangerous Games: A Small Radio

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Previously: Channel Infinity.

Normally I wouldn’t post a second game quite so soon after posting the last one, but guess what? It’s October. And October means it’s Halloween season. And since it’s Halloween season, now seems like a good time to look at “A Small Radio.” I mentioned it briefly last year, but due to a lot of Big Life Changes, I wasn’t able to cover it in time for Halloween 2015. I put it on my to do list for the following year, though, and, well… here we are. 

Originally posted to the Creepypasta Wikia by user MacaroniArtZombeh in August of 2013, this game can only be played on a very particular day; trying to do it at any other time will result in a failed attempt. So I figured I’d put it on your radar now, at the beginning of the month, so you have…

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