As a father of two, I’m constantly worried about “spoiling” my kids. I don’t want to discipline my toddler when he draws on the wall or won’t listen to his mom, but there are times when I have to stop pretending to be a lion or T-Rex and let him know that his behavior is really crappy.
And although it’s easy to develop into a cheap fellow-parent shamer and get up on my high horse and talk about how much better behaved my kid is than theirs (in some instances, it’s true) — and that’s because some parents just hate being the bad guy. Or even worse, they are helicopter parents.
When your children start running around and destroying another person’s house, throwing toys/food all over the place, bullying the other little cuties who are just trying to have fun, and pulling on a two-week-old infant’s hair while she’s sleeping, then you might want to sit their butts down and get mean. Otherwise, you’re raising someone who thinks there are no consequences for garbage behavior.
And as these teachers and child care workers of Reddit revealed in a recent Ask Reddit post, there are tons of kids who turned out just downright awful on account of their parent’s poor child-rearing decisions. Whether it’s never letting kids do things for themselves or thinking that their children are the bees-knees — no matter what anyone says — these tales of reverse child abuse are just sad.
The backseat guitarist mom.
Not allowed to have an opinion.
Confiscate my kid’s lighter!
When an entire teaching staff and administration has it out for their child.
This mom who GOT OFF on her kid crying for her when she dropped him off and left.
The stolen earring.
Threatening a punch.
This mom who picked their kid’s wedgie for him.
The secret recording watch.
The 23-year-old child.
The mom who wanted scary stories banned from summer camp.
The mom who has a problem with kids socializing.
Over-planning a kid’s future.
The parents who just couldn’t admit their kid needed help.
“You’re a woman, he doesn’t need to respect you.”
This parent who’s afraid of paintbrushes.
“I’m not a bad parent, my kid must be disabled.”
This fine young man who punched girls in gym class.
Another smart kid ruined by a deluded parent.
Crackheads and evolution.
This kid who humps his mom’s leg.
This mom who hates foster kids for some reason.