When it comes to parenting, everyone believes their way is best. If you are planning on having children and you talk about it with your social circle, you will probably receive a ton of unsolicited advice on everything from sleep training to breastfeeding to which cleaning products you should use. While some of this can surely be helpful, especially for a new and overwhelmed parent, a lot of it just causes more anxiety and stress. As if bringing a new life into the world wasn't enough already! Now you have to panic because you aren't using the right brand of diapers and your child will surely be doomed because of this. At least, that's what it feels like.
When it comes to parenting trends, some are wonderful tools that have evolved over time. Some can be very beneficial to parents. But then there are parenting trends that just don't seem very productive at all...
Keep reading to find out which were the most annoying parenting trends of 2019.
Having kids can be incredibly rewarding.
via: Getty ImagesParents say there's nothing like the love they have for their child. It's bigger than words can describe.
There are so many beautiful moments that come with parenthood.
via: Getty ImagesThe first six months of a baby's life is full of growth and transformation. They go from being tiny and completely dependent to inch-worming around the living room and holding their heads up.
Seeing them smile for the first time is truly something special.
via: Getty ImagesEven if you aren't a parent, there's no denying the cuteness and preciousness that comes with a baby's first smile.
And how about their first giggle?
via: Getty ImagesSure, there's a lot of wailing and screaming that comes from babies, but that first little giggle is magical!
Being a parent includes a ton of responsibility, of course.
via: Getty ImagesKids rely on their parents for everything. It's a life-long commitment.
So there's bound to be plenty of challenges as well.
via: Getty ImagesWe've all heard of the "terrible twos." The tantrums, the screaming, the attitude! Two-year-olds are terrifying.
Toddlers may be small, but they are fierce.
via: Getty ImagesThere are many joys to parenthood, but also lots of stress.
But nothing worth it is easy, right?
via: Getty ImagesThe lack of sleep, the financial aspect of raising kids, plus juggling it all with your own life and well-being? Parents are incredible superheroes.
As a kid, it's easy to take our parents for granted.
via: Getty ImagesBut being a parent is one of the toughest jobs in the world... There's so much they have to deal with.
Small, simple tasks become giant hurdles.
Curious what it's like to be a mom? Have someone shout your name every 30 seconds 1 inch from your face while trying to write a grocery list— MyQuestionableLife (@MyQuestionableLife)1502910582.0
Picking your battles becomes very important.
Currently helping my son search for his chocolate that I ate last night— sharon 💋 (@sharon 💋)1427923218.0
Taking a shower without any interruptions becomes a thing of the past when you're a parent.
Locked my 5yo out of the bathroom so I could shower in peace and she stood outside and wrote a song called “Oh Plea… https://t.co/vOfbLb5wvS— SpacedMom (@SpacedMom)1522243518.0
Farewell, clean house. Hello, perpetual chaos.
What is it called when your house is a mess but no one will help you clean it up? Having children.— SingleBabyMama (@SingleBabyMama)1523032119.0
Sometimes harsh humor is the only thing that can get a parent through the day.
Friend: What’s it like being a mom? Me: Have you ever felt this tremendous peace, like suddently you totally get wh… https://t.co/NUTH6eBEM3— Danielle and Farrah (@Danielle and Farrah)1523201615.0
Parenthood is full of surprises.
Sometimes you think you have a handle on this parenting thing, then you go "OMG, my kid has toenails and I need to clip them".— Walking Outside in Slippers (@Walking Outside in Slippers)1522206650.0
But there are a lot of important life lessons to be taught, as well.
Parenting means explaining why it is a bad idea to lick a bowling ball at the bowling alley. 🤦♀️— Jennifer Johnson (@Jennifer Johnson)1523136549.0
"I don't know her..."
On a flight I once asked the flight attendant to switch my seat as I was sitting next to a screaming baby. Apparen… https://t.co/FtiKEwD8qV— Jack's Dad (@Jack's Dad)1523223460.0
Parenthood really changes your perspective on things.
I missed a connecting flight and I’m stuck sitting around an airport for 7+ hours but my kids aren’t with me so it… https://t.co/ycBIHzSCJU— ally (@ally)1523224093.0
So yes, parenthood is beautiful and complex and hard and amazing.
via: Getty ImagesThere are so many ways to approach parenthood, and there's plenty of parenting books, blogs, and websites to show for it. And while everyone has their own style of parenting, there are some parenting trends that just need to fade away...
There are definitely some parenthood and parenting trends that are just annoying as can be.
hate gender stereotyping...hope my future son knows its okay for him to like the color pink or tutus or my daughter to like trucks n mud— abril (@abril)1422737844.0
The "lawnmower parenting" trend seems like one that's ultimately more harmful than helpful.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to this viral post from We Are Teachers, a lawnmower parent is a parent who goes "to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure." Obviously, it's natural to want the best for your kids. But if you take away every single little obstacle in their life so they're living in what is basically a bubble, they'll never be equipped to handle failure.
Throwing cheese in a baby's face is something that never should have happened.
The highlight of my day was watching this video of someone throwing a slice of cheese on their baby.... what’s wron… https://t.co/DsPMwaBFJG— maddie (@maddie)1551408580.0
The parent-judging trend.It's absolutely normal to disagree on parenting styles, but when it turns mean-spirited and judgy? No thanks. Unfortunately, with social media being what it is now, it's a lot easier to leave a nasty, mean, anonymous comment on someone's post regarding their parenting styles.
Baby cake-smashing photoshoots.
via: Getty ImagesListen, there's nothing wrong with being a little extra when it comes to your baby. But spending hundreds of dollars on a staged photoshoot that your child won't remember just seems like a waste of money. But hey, to each their own.
Dishing out tons of money for losing a tooth.
via: Getty ImagesRemember the old days when losing a tooth got you a few quarters or a dollar if you were really lucky? Parents in this day and age are handing out $20 bills for their kids losing their teeth! Does that not seem insane?
Mom and kid matching outfits.
via: Getty ImagesYes, this is a real parenting trend. Parents are throwing full-out "birthday" parties for a kid's half-birthday. An annual birthday party is enough stress on a parent! Why put yourself through this every six months?
Every kid gets an iPad.
via: Getty ImagesApparently, now more than ever kids have their own technological gadgets. But does every child need their own iPad?
Getting subscriptions to...everything.
via: Getty ImagesWhile subscriptions are totally convenient, they can easily become just one more thing you forgot to cancel. Parents are now subscribing to toy services, baby food, diapers...the list goes on and on. Hey, if this works for you, go for it. But if you're someone who doesn't see the appeal, it's totally cool to skip this recent trend. Don't feel any pressure to subscribe!
At the end of the day, there's really no 'right' or 'wrong' way to be a parent.
via: Getty ImagesEveryone's journey is different. Parenting is hard! No one is going to be perfect. But...let's all agree to never throw cheese in a child's face again, okay?