Facebook is funny.
Originally it offered parents the perfect place to tout our progeny’s triumphs, post oh-so-perfect pictures of our family vacation and remind us of friends’ birthdays so we appeared “on it.” It was fabulous! What a perfect way to keep us in touch with all our “besties” near and far, without revealing our baggage to the world.
But over time, we all caught on and got sick of the perfection. We realized that those glamorous profiles were just pretty facades and that for every picture of a happy family on a gorgeous beach in Mexico, there was one kid with Montezuma’s revenge; for every post about one child’s academic excellence, their sibling surely spent the day in the principal’s office; and for every photo of an infant who looked supremely happy to be “2 months old,” there was a sleep-deprived parent who spent hours styling a screaming baby’s headband.
So we decided to tell the truth. And laugh about it.
Facebook became the perfect place to rebel against perfection. And it produced some hilarious results.
Sure, lots of people maintain pristine profiles revealing nothing more than their #blessings. And good for them. But our favorite people on Facebook are the beleaguered parents who aren’t afraid to share their reality, encourage us to laugh with them and don’t mind if we forget their birthdays.
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Sarah Maizes is a writer, blogger, comedian, parenting humorist, and the author of many funny books including “Got MILF? The Modern Mom’s Guide…” (Berkley Books). Follow her daily parenting fails on Facebook at Sarah Maizesand on Twitter @sarahmaizes.