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Parenting Pet Peeves: A Conversation With My Followers

Today I want to talk with you about my Parenting Pet Peeves.  In your opinion, what’s the shittiest thing a parent can do to a child?  Watch my video to find out what kind of parenting behavior is grotesque enough to offend even Contrary Mom.  And tell me all about your parenting pet peeves in the comments below.  If you’d like to start a conversation, please email me at  I’d love to talk with you!

XO Mary

9 thoughts on “Parenting Pet Peeves: A Conversation With My Followers

  1. I have too many to list! There are the obvious one such as physical abuse, neglect, etc… But recently I’ve been witness to a couple of parents who spoke so disparagingly about their child while the kid was standing with us. I wanted to slap them! (You’re video wouldn’t play for me. I’ll try again tomorrow on my laptop.)

  2. Yes! I am with you on those you discussed in the video. Just let children be themselves, for Pete’s sake. Another I hate, and sort of related, is the identity pigeon-holing that is so easy to do. I have done it but try not to. Like “the smart one” or “the naughty one,” etc. On the one hand you want to promote kids’ being themselves and knowing themselves, but on the other you also want to leave them with the confidence to explore different aspects of themselves. We are all so complicated, we should realize kids are too. As Walt Whitman said, “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

  3. ooooo i will have a think. No doubt i do it so won’t be coming back with a second comment, going into “denial” and burying myself in a hole instead

  4. I agree! I think kids should be able to express themselves…there is a lot to be learned from self expression. Since my daughter could make her own clothing choices, I have let her as long as (like you said) it is age appropriate and not offensive or creepy too. She used to love wearing fancy dress up ball gowns everywhere she went and I love it! I want both of my kids to choose their likes/dislikes. My son loves dolls along with his trains and trucks and I love that too…he’ll probably be a more sensitive man because of it 😉 (one can hope.)
    Parents do lots of annoying things, myself included of course. One thing that really bothers me though is blatant disrespect. All beings deserve respect, even the smallest ones. All children will misbehave in public, that is a given. But parents do not need to publicly chastise them by screaming or spanking or whatever in plain view of the world. Needless to say, I’m certainly not advocating doing awful things in private. My kids misbehave in public but I try to at least pull them aside and talk to them if at all possible. I’m no saint of a mother but I do try not to give them public lashings. That’s my two cents 😉

  5. Oh gosh, yeah, too many to mention. But I agree with you – kids need to be themselves; they should be allowed to discover who they are, and not forced to fit someone else’s perception of who they should be. And parents who seem unable to support their kids, or give them their undivided attention. They crave our attention, and they will wilt without it. We are the most important people in their lives, and what we do affects them more than we can imagine; I don’t like it when parents seems totally oblivious to this!

    • That is a great point! I feel like that is one of my biggest challenges as a parent (and especially having three children)–giving each one plenty of undivided attention. Sometimes I have to remind myself to put the smart phone down and just be with them. But when I do, it’s totally worth it. Thanks so much for your comments!

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