A mother whose letter of “instructions” to her husband on how to care for their children while she went on a girl’s weekend has attracted such backlash that she has been told to “beat her children” amongst other types of parenting advice.
Meghan Oeser, a mother of six posted the hilarious list on Facebook where it quickly went viral with more than 150,000 likes and 200,000 shares.
Her list, posted before she took off with some friends for a 48-hour escape, included things like, “Bedtime… Good. F*****g. Luck, buddy.”
And, “It’s almost lunchtime. Just start drinking now.”
Meghan and Kevin Oeser. Via Facebook.
She advised her husband that their children, "Quinn, Harper and Bailey will go down seamlessly. Just wait. As they lie in their beds, they'll then realise that their tiny mouths are on f**king fire, and they'll act as if they've just walked 800 miles through the f**king Sahara. They will come down, one by one, every f**king 5 minutes, for water. Don't let ANYONE use Quinn's pink Elsa cup. If she sees this, she will lose her holy shit.”
And “Oh, also...just in case you wanted to get ANYTHING done this weekend...good fucking luck. Quinn cries basically every 5 minutes, and you would think that Penny's esophagus was on certain fire every 4.5 seconds. She'll need constant refills, which leads to more potty breaks. Sometimes she can go by herself, and sometimes she's completely useless and will whine about everything. Including, but not limited to, her underwears feeling funny. Have backup underwear.”
But, after it went around the world and back it seemed everyone had an opinion on it and not everyone found it funny.
She told The Chicago Tribune she had "tons of nasty comments,"
"'What kind of father doesn't know his own kids?' 'Why is she even having kids?' 'What kind of father needs a letter?'"
The 37-year-old, whose public profile has skyrocketed since the post, said, “The whole thing started as me telling him how to turn on the diffuser. Then I thought, 'I might as well tell him about the sippy cups.' Then I started drinking wine, and it started getting funny."
She has received responses like as, “You let them get this way. Let the little basturds [sic] you made them into scream bloody hell (since some asshole decided you can't beat them anymore and wonder why we have so much [sic] over crowded jails) tell [sic] they get tired of it and cry themselves to sleep. Or at meal times make one thing. They won't die.”
And, “Whoever wrote this has no control over her house and kids.”
Her husband, Kevin - after shouldering the wrath of the internet - responded, writing his own post starting, “Dearest Wife, Hope you had fun last weekend. I was also glad to see that, according to the internet, I should in no uncertain terms, do these things (in no particular order)”
He then lists a variety of suggestions he's had from, “wrestling an alligator blindfolded with my hands tied behind my back
,” to repeatedly punching himself, “in the nuts.”
The Internet sure is a weird and wonderful place, but it pays to remember, as writer Heidi Stevens from The Chicago Tribune said, she wasn’t being serious people.