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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.

Whistleblower0 Sun 22-Dec-13 14:31:50

I'd forgotten about calling children NT. Only ever heard this on mumsnet.

AmberLeaf Sun 22-Dec-13 14:53:11

Re 'NT'

Be glad you are so unfamiliar with it.

alexbaublistigers Sun 22-Dec-13 15:01:58

Why is it considered odd not being able to drive??

Plenty of people like me have perfectly valid medical reasons for not driving. It's not odd at all.

LaGuardia Sun 22-Dec-13 15:07:15

I am always shock when I hear a woman of my generation has never learned to drive.

boodles Sun 22-Dec-13 15:11:28

What is a NT child? I must have missed the memo.

AmberLeaf Sun 22-Dec-13 15:18:41

ComposHat Sun 22-Dec-13 15:22:13

I am always shock when I hear a woman of my generation has never learned to drive.

I guess you live in a suburban/rural location. I live in a city and people who've lived there all their lives never bothered as everything was walking distance or accesable by public transport Of my social circle of about 15 people (late 20s to mid 30s) I am one of only three who can drive and the only one to own a car.

AmberLeaf Sun 22-Dec-13 15:25:34

I was going to say something like that Compo.

Not having learned to drive when you live in a city is no biggy.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 22-Dec-13 16:40:37

The sheer intensity of annoyance over trivia: cat poo rage, rude GP receptionists (a special shout-out to the poster who likened them to concentration camp guards), being called the wrong name/title or - shudder - Mum (as in "Are you Mum?").

I find these things annoying too, but - if they are the worse thing that happen to you - I want your life. IRL the normal response is to mutter under your breath but, if MN is believed, there are oodles of people who respond with formal complaints and/or massive hissy fits.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 22-Dec-13 17:10:23

Oh yes, and people who expect GP/friends/adult siblings to babysit and then become enraged if don't do everything exactly the same as the parent.

I get keeping babies/toddlers in their sleeping routine and providing info that will save the sanity of the babysitters - telling them that DC won't sleep without Smelly Bear. It's the posts that say My mother walks 10 miles in the rain every day to babysit my DC while I go to yoga but now she's started giving them apple juice when we've only ever allowed them orange. Should I confront her or just cut off all contact with her?

bryte Mon 23-Dec-13 19:13:58

People who have two dishwashers fitted in their kitchen so that they never have to empty it, they use the secondary one as storage. I'm not criticising it, just saying I don't know anyone IRL who does this, has space for this or would ever think of doing it. In the Mumsnet property section, it seems common.

Mammagaga Mon 23-Dec-13 20:03:59

Is this a joke? I regularly experience all of the above...

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