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Things I only ever see on Mumsnet and never in RL

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HankyScore Mon 16-Dec-13 10:18:01

Wedding gift lists angst. I don't think I've ever been to a wedding where there wasn't a list. It's normal.

Parents who never have even a sniff of booze when their kids are in the house, and the angst over 'what if I need to drive them to hospital?'. Perhaps everyone I know is a raging alky, but it's just never come up as an issue.

Old ladies on the bus having a pop about breastfeeding/children/the yoof of today. Has never happened to me in all my eleven years of parenting. I only ever meet nice people on public transport. Perhaps I am just incredibly thick skinned and don't notice the judgy stares?

People giving much of a shit over BF/FF, or at least not once they are past their own days of feeding a baby.

There is more.

I'm off to think of some.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:19:00

agree with all

who are these shouty strangers?

Bowlersarm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:19:35

How they are addressed on an envelope. Huge annoyance on MN.

Morloth Mon 16-Dec-13 10:20:28

Magic Chickens.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:21:11

good call morloth

people who dont have heating or tumble dryers who can afford them keep your hair on

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:22:03

ooh ooh
freaks who never ever ever leave their kids with a sitter only because the LOVES THEM SO MUCH


( also the vast nos on here who dont drive - also odd)

wigglesrock Mon 16-Dec-13 10:22:25

The kerfuffle & niceties involved in thank you cards/letters. Thank you cards for wedding & baby presents. Never in my long legged life have I sent or received a thank you card re a child's birthday present.

Joysmum Mon 16-Dec-13 10:22:40

Partners with curfews
The automatic assumption that a mistake means end of relationship
People who never lose their temper
People who never annoy their partners

greenfolder Mon 16-Dec-13 10:25:14

I have been a parent for 19 years.never once have I heard of a class rep or been asked to contribute for a joint gift for a teacher

BohemianGirl Mon 16-Dec-13 10:25:15

People hating their ILs - a MN phenomenon

'toxic' - parents/siblings - another MN phenomenon (to be fair a I know a couple of people with 'twatty' siblings but toxic? nah!)

'undiagnosed' - PND, SPD, stress, depression, anxiety and so forth - if it isn't diagnosed, dont google and assume you have it.

Bowlersarm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:26:15

Buying a puppy, rather than getting a dog from a rescue.

Ordering your OH not to get drunk and be home by a certain time, if their out, ooh, once in a blue moon.

friday16 Mon 16-Dec-13 10:27:38

People who even know, never mind care, what the colour bands mean in a primary school reading scheme.

Freddiefrog Mon 16-Dec-13 10:29:07

All of the above, plus

spelling and punctuation in school newsletters - I mean I just scan for relevant dates then stick the thing up on the fridge until it falls off into the dog's water bowl

"screen time" - mine (and everyone else I know) tend to come home from school, hoover up anything edible, do some homework then sit glued to the Disney Channel/Minecraft until I prise them away for dinner - especially this time of year.

HankyScore Mon 16-Dec-13 10:29:47

Oh god YES to colour bands.

And toxic/NPD stuff. I actually just groan when I see that now.

pianodoodle Mon 16-Dec-13 10:30:01

In RL I've never had a comment about breastfeeding, or judgement about whether I stay at home or go to work either.

I've definitely never heard friends speculating about how much money other friends earn or what kind of benefits they may or may not be getting.

That one always seems odd to me I can't imagine a RL conversation where that would be an appropriate subject.

whogrewoutoftheterribletwos Mon 16-Dec-13 10:30:19

People who get indignant that p+c parking spaces are an evil supermarket conspiracy between toddlers and big business

PuppyMonkey Mon 16-Dec-13 10:30:44

Being scared of toilet brushes.

SMorgauseBordOfChristmasTat Mon 16-Dec-13 10:32:23

Bloody shelved elf. <shakes head>

CooEeeEldridge Mon 16-Dec-13 10:32:32

If you're in a group at a cafe. You must ALL queue up together, and only when all the group's food is received may you find a table.

AutumnStarOfWonder Mon 16-Dec-13 10:32:54

People incandescent with rage about cats having a shit.

Bowlersarm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:34:36

CooEee fblush

Although I don't think that is an MN thing-I have been very much a lone voice on those threads!

EnianShelZman Mon 16-Dec-13 10:35:27

Hmm, I must be living in a parallel universe because most of the things listed above had happened to me, except the incidents on public transport, maybe because I never use it.

CoffeeTea103 Mon 16-Dec-13 10:35:31

Agree with everything on this thread.
Never heard of 'toxic' people or nc. People go nc on here as if it's as normal as going to the loo.
Also the amount of micro managing children's activities and play dates is beyond belief.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 10:36:36

people who bleat on and on about christmas with wanky eleves and santa then complain their kids are overexcited


EnianShelZman Mon 16-Dec-13 10:41:39

I must be weird because we got screen time, care about book bands, got toxic SIL, write and receive thank you letters, hate neighbour's cat because it shits in our garden, discuss money with friends, got a class rep, a puppy, had a fight over a child parking with somebody else, last week gave a class rep 10 pounds for a collection. I must 've a mumsnet stereotype smile

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