Whether we like to admit it or not, we change who we are when we become a parent. And before we know it, we don’t even remember what life was life BK (before kids).
And as much as we try to be considerate of those who are still in the BK phase, sometimes we parents can do things that annoy them.
So when I came across an article where non-parents were venting about the most annoying things that parents do, I was intrigued. And curious to see just how many parental ‘sins’ I’ve committed in my five years of motherhood.
When parents use ‘baby talk’ to speak to their kids.
Guilty! While I do try to keep it to a minimum when we’re out in public, I’ve definitely softened my tone and taken it that bit higher when talking directly to my kids. Does that count as baby talk?
Apparently so, because 75 per cent of people said that the higher-pitched parents were the most annoying of all. Damn.
A whopping 69 per cent admitted they found it irritating when parents use general baby talk to speak to their children. In the survey, they even mentioned the most commonly used irritating words, from “night-night”, “boo boo”, “oopsie” and “tummy” (I’m going to argue that’s not reaaaalllly in the realm of “owie”, though).
I’m not feeling too personally attacked here, to be honest, because just about every parent I know does this with their child. It just makes sense to talk to them in a way they find soothing, relatable, warm.
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