45 Parents That Have No Clue How Cringey They Are

Cringey Parents

The dictionary defines cringey as “causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness.” It’s those things people say or do that make you want to groan or facepalm, and there’s one group of people who can be particularly good at being cringey — parents. From a mother that wants to ask a babysitter for child support to another begging for Instagram likes, it’s surprising how cringey these parents are.

Beware the Evil Cards

Some parents desperately want to control the behavior of everyone around them. And while it’s reasonable to expect certain behaviors from someone your kid spends time with, some parents take it too far.

Beware the Evil Cards

Two things are cringey here — the first is that mom thinks it’s wrong for a grown man to have whatever hobby he wants. Where’s the law saying cards are for kids? But, even worse is that the devil apparently lives inside a pack of cards. Where else is that sneaky devil hiding? Our teddy bears?

Got the Wrong Group Chat

Group chats are a bit of a love-hate relationship. While they can be fun, they can also cause your phone to blow up with messages that have no relevance to you — like the exchange between this mom and dad.

Got the Wrong Group Chat

Talk about awkward! The last thing kids want to know about their parents is how their lives in the bedroom are going. You would think that, with how long texting has been around, people would be better about not messaging the wrong chat.

Parents Being Creepy Stalkers

Some parents give their children relatively loose reins. Others try to control their every action, including when they’re not at home. Thankfully, the latter isn’t super common, but this type of parent does exist. Take this guy, for instance.

Parents Being Creepy Stalkers

One has to wonder why this dad is stalking his child’s every move. Is the kid untrustworthy? Is the dad just a helicopter parent? Is the kid in a sketchy part of town? Regardless, it’s weird to be tracking your kid’s location while they’re out with friends. Dad needs to back off a bit.

A Little Pee With Your Popsicle

“Urine therapy” is an alternative medicine practice in which people use urine for various cosmetic and medicinal purposes. From hair rinses to cleansing drinks, it’s quite… controversial and definitely something that’s not for everyone.

A Little Pee With Your Popsicle

Not only is this woman’s child being force-fed her mom’s urine without her consent, but so is another person’s child! What child wants to ingest their mom’s pee? We would love to be there when this mom lets Erin’s parents know what she’s been doing. It’s less likely to be pleasant and more likely to end in a full on yelling match.

Blowing Up the Phone

Everyone nowadays knows the term “helicopter parent.” They’re those moms and dads who are obsessed with their children’s lives and are often pushy and anxious over everything their child does — like this parent.

Blowing Up the Phone

Poor Sheridan, who mentioned she was simply hanging out at a friend’s house playing games, can’t even do that without her mom threatening to call the police! It’s embarrassing. Not even an hour had gone by since the first message mom sent. She has to calm down and trust her kid a little more.

No More Disney Movies

As kids, many of us had that friend who couldn’t watch certain TV shows or movies, or play with certain toys because their parents found something wrong with the material. How many people couldn’t watch Harry Potter because of the “evil witchcraft”?

No More Disney Movies

Looks like those parents are still at it. We’re really curious what exactly constitutes “satanic symbolism” in the animated movies mentioned. This parent must constantly be on edge, and their kids probably have a super narrow selection of things to watch. Poor kids.

Mysterious Missing Spacebar

A lot of parents didn’t grow up with personal phones. They relied on their landlines, and have had a pretty steep learning curve, shifting from bag phones to T9 to the modern smartphone with QWERTY keyboards. Most have adjusted really well and are smartphone pros, but some are a little behind.

Mysterious Missing Spacebar

This is a little cringey, but also really cute. This mom probably isn’t used to typing on such a tiny keyboard and struggled to locate the buttons. We’re sure she figured it out eventually, but if not, there’s always the voice-to-text option!

Beware the Mega Moth

One of a dad’s jobs is to look after his kids, and sometimes that includes bug duty. Whether he smashes that pesky spider or traps and relocates it, one thing’s for sure — bugs are creepy and need to be dealt with!

Beware the Mega Moth

Looks like the moth has dealt with the dad in this one. Dad jokes are super cringey, but as a kid trapped in a bathroom because of a bug, this message would have given us a pretty good laugh. Whether the dad got rid of the moth is still a mystery, though.

What Is Mom Up To?

Do you watch The View? Yeah, neither do we, but we’ve heard talk shows are pretty popular. The days of families going on shows like Jerry Springer are mostly past us (thank god), but some families still look to TV shows for fame.

What Is Mom Up To?

This is cringey because it’s pretty obvious the mom meant to make a post on The View’s discussion page, but instead she shared her post to her own page, broadcasting to her entire friends list that she was trying to get her daughter on the show.

Way Too Much Information

Oversharing is a burden none of us wish to bear, especially when it’s our parents who are giving us way too much information about their love lives. We all know where we came from, and that’s enough. Anything beyond that is, well, just plain uncomfortable.

Way Too Much Information

If this dad made a bet with the mom, that’s totally cool, but his kid doesn’t need to know what the prize was! That LOL probably came from a lack of having anything to say that doesn’t consist of, “Ew, omg, why would you tell me that?”

Dad Gets Sad

Social media took the world by storm — and followers, likes, and judgment are some of the things at the forefront of people’s minds, especially when it comes to Instagram. This poor dad turned out to be no exception.

Dad Gets Sad

Hopefully, having five followers wasn’t the only reason this dad was feeling down, but it surely didn’t help. While these things shouldn’t matter, they do. We hope this kid called their dad and cheered him up.

This Kid Really Messed Up

Dealing with teenagers is hard. They’re moody, they’re unpredictable, and they’re dealing with a lot of changes that cause them to pull away from their parents and often act out in frustrating ways. One dad clearly had enough and resorted to drastic measures.

This Kid Really Messed Up

This is honestly a bad decision on the dad’s part. Being mad at your kid is understandable, but losing money on their vehicle by selling it out of anger is pretty irresponsible. One has to wonder what the son did to warrant such a serious punishment.

Imitation Isn’t Necessarily Flattery

Teens take weird photos. It’s just a fact. They pose in odd stances, they stick out their tongues in every picture, or they scrunch up their faces in unflattering ways. These parents decided to have a laugh at their kid’s photos with her boyfriend.

Imitation Isn’t Necessarily Flattery

In this case, the phrase should be “imitation is the sincerest form of mockery.” Surely the parents’ Facebook friends found it amusing, but whether the daughter did, we’re unsure. At the least, she may think twice before making these same poses.

Bring Back the iPods

Ah, the good old days of the iPod touch. Many a day was spent wasting hours playing Flappy Bird or Fruit Ninja. It was the coolest thing to have something with access to so many apps and the internet. But, most of us didn’t think of it as an alternative to cell phones.

Bring Back the iPods

More concerning than the lack of cellphone in this day and age is the comment about ordering an Uber home from school. Does the kid really have no alternative? We’ve got so many questions here, and none of them reflect nicely on the mom.

Don’t Mess With Netflix

Mixed messages are one of the plagues of human communication. Things like backhanded compliments and gaslighting make dealing with those around us really confusing. Take this parent, who’s being petty and “loving” at the same time (their words, not ours).

Don’t Mess With Netflix

Messing with someone’s Netflix — or any other streaming service, for that matter — should be a modern-day crime. This parent isn’t doing it to show they love their kid, they’re doing it to be petty and mess with them. That’s so not cool.

Give Mom the Likes

Social media is addicting, especially when it comes to receiving reactions to things we post. Many think of it as an issue for teens, but tons of parents are also addicted to that high from getting lots of likes. This mom is no exception.

Give Mom the Likes

Demanding likes from your family is a bit cringey, but we can’t really blame her. After all, it’s a given that your best friends are going to like everything you post. Why not be able to expect the same from your kids?

Medication Is Fake News

No one enjoys taking medication every day, but it’s worth it, as it gives so many the opportunity to live with their conditions in a more comfortable way — and for some, it’s life-saving. With epilepsy, it helps control seizures.

Medication Is Fake News

Can you imagine thinking you have the right to tell another person whether they should or shouldn’t take medication? Unless this parent was a certified doctor, which they obviously aren’t, they have zero right to an opinion. We hope this person put that parent in their place.

Assigned Baby Daddies

Did you know that you can’t choose the dad of your child? Instead, the government randomly assigns you someone, and you’ve just got to figure it out together. Thankfully, that isn’t reality — it sounds more like an episode of Black Mirror. But, this lady doesn’t seem to know that.

Assigned Baby Daddies

Shockingly, you can choose your baby’s father! By choosing who gets you pregnant. We know surprises happen, but generally speaking, it’s absolutely a choice. Someone should probably let her know as she seems a bit confused.

We Need to Talk

“We need to talk” are four of the scariest words in the English language. Partners say it when they want to break up. Parents say it when they’re really upset about something. So this daughter naturally panicked when receiving a message like this from her mom.

We Need to Talk

There are so many other things the mom could have written, like “What do you want for dinner?” or “Come downstairs for a second!” Why send such a cryptic message and terrify your kid? Additionally, what has the daughter been doing that made her afraid to be kicked out?

Hidden Duct Tape Dangers

The last couple of years has come with a lot of controversies, particularly over the use of face masks. Some claim it causes us to breathe in our own CO2. Others claim it’s an infringement on personal freedom. And apparently, some think it’s downright dangerous, like this lady.

Hidden Duct Tape Dangers

The cringiest part of this is that this mom made her son put on duct tape and pose for this photo. That kid was probably just going about his business and ended up being used for some anti-mask propaganda. Poor guy.

Merry Christmas?

Families love Christmas card photoshoots. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to show off their kids in their cute Christmas sweaters? However, somehow people find a way to ruin everything — in this case, by turning a cute photoshoot into something… mysoginistic?

Merry Christmas?

This screams “Women are seen, not heard” — and it’s not cute. In fact, it’s really tacky and really disrespectful to the wives and kids. It’s shocking that the moms would even agree to this in the first place. The worst part is it’s only the girls; the sons are duct tape free.

Bye-Bye, College Money

The world is fed up with MLMs, but the people getting sucked into them don’t seem to know that. From essential oils to beauty products, MLMs prey on people who really need money and suck them into something that’s ultimately a waste of money. Or for this mom, a waste of college funds.

Bye-Bye, College Money

No words can describe how cringey it is to blow your child’s college funds on selling hair products. Much respect goes out to people running legitimate businesses or who manage to make money from MLMs, but rarely do people become millionaires.

Who Wants Lightly Fried Fish Filets?

Deciding what to have for dinner is the worst, and we have to do it every single day. Being an adult is hard. So, it’s great when someone makes dinner for us so that we don’t have to, except when it’s at a really weird time.

Who Wants Lightly Fried Fish Filets?

Try and say lightly fried fish filets three times fast! Tongue twister aside, at least dad was productive when he was bored. If only he had made something a bit more exciting than lightly fried fish filets. Does anyone else want some lightly fried fish filets?

Adoption Fakeout

There’s nothing wrong with being adopted, yet many parents use it as a joke or empty threat to their kids — “You must be adopted because you’re not acting like MY child!” Take, for example, this joke from this dad.

Adoption Fakeout

What exactly prompted this joke, especially at 6am? No wonder the kid wasn’t responding. Hopefully, dad didn’t wake the kid up to make sure they weren’t upset, as it’s doubtful the kid was even awake at this time. Some parents are just weird.

Dog Park Meet-Cute

Some parents are convinced that they’re matchmakers. And while that may have been true back in the old days, it’s completely unnecessary now. Between Tinder and bars and other social interactions, the kids have got it covered. But, some still try anyway, like this mom.

Dog Park Meet-Cute

Imagine how embarrassing it would have been if this guy had realized what the mom was doing! No one likes having secret pictures taken of themselves. One has to wonder how many other times her mom has done this. We doubt this was the only one.

Funky Baby Names

Let’s face it — baby names are starting to get weird. People especially seem to love the letters ‘X’ and ‘K,’ or combining two random words or names into one. Here’s a good example.

Funky Baby Names

Those of us adults with weird names can tell you with certainty that these poor kids are going to spend their entire lives having their names misspelled and correcting people on pronunciation. That may not seem like a big deal, but when it’s something you deal with every single day, it gets old.

A Christmas Miracle

Speaking of weird names, some parents love taking normal words and changing the letters around. Whether it’s creative or annoying is debatable, but it’s a huge trend, as evidenced in this Facebook group.

A Christmas Miracle

While Krissmiss Dae isn’t the most horrible name we’ve heard, it’s definitely weirder than Noelle or Ivy. This future mom clearly doesn’t listen to many Christmas carols. In fact… how about Carol for a holiday-themed name? It’s much better than the weird spelling of Christmas.

Let’s Sue the Babysitter

Yahoo! Answers used to be an absolute goldmine of cringeworthy content. From horrible misspellings of the word pregnant to completely ridiculous questions, it had all you needed for hours worth of entertainment, including this absolute gem.

Let’s Sue the Babysitter

How could anyone in their right mind think your friendly neighbor doing you a favor constitutes taking on a fatherly role? And believe that a court is going to back you up on your delusions? This guy probably won’t be doing anyone else any favors anytime soon after this experience.

Those Gosh Dang Millennials!

The world is honestly so tired of listening to people talk smack about millennials. Every generation has its pros and cons, and millennials are no different. Contrary to popular belief, they’re just as hardworking and motivated as any other generation. But, this parent struggles to understand that.

Those Gosh Dang Millennials!

What have people got against avocado toast and video games? Video games are a great way to unwind and enjoy new, unique words, and avocado toast is delicious and healthy. Get off of millennials’ backs, people!

The War on Christmas

Who’s heard that one before? Christmas is under attack! You can’t say the word Christmas! Whether or not the “War on Christmas” is real is up for debate. But, many people truly believe it does, like this parent.

The War on Christmas

Who cares if a box says Christmas or holiday? Christmas is a holiday, after all. And we can guarantee that the kid doesn’t care what the box says — he cares about the delicious snacks waiting inside it. But, if crossing out holiday made this parent feel better, then more power to them, we guess…

Unexpected Flight Lessons

Note to self — when throwing your child in the air, make sure it is your child. This dad failed the first rule of being a parent and that is being able to identify your own offspring.

Unexpected Flight Lessons

We just hope he had the upper body strength and hand-eye coordination required to catch the strange child, who was later quoted as saying, “I’ve had better days. Most of them, in fact, were better than this one. Usually, when I go airborne, I expect it. The restraining order should put an end to that, though.”

Let’s Get the Red Shoes

Why embarrass your child in private when you can do it in public? That’s what this mother decided to do in a department store, for absolutely no good reason.

Let’s Get the Red Shoes

If there’s anything clingier than your parents talking about “bedroom stuff” in front of you, it’s doing it in front of you — and a whole crowd of middle-class shoppers. Who knows what went through this mother’s mind, but it can’t have been as horrifying as what her child was forced to endure!

Extra Long Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural part of life. Indeed, it provides newborn babies with all the nutrients they need to get through the early stages of life. The only problem is when it goes too far…

Extra Long Breastfeeding

This mother opted to breastfeed her child until she was four and half years old. She only needed to be breastfed until she was two! And who describes their child’s age in months past the age of two? Let’s start doing it as adults. “Yeah, I’m 360 months old!” “Oh wow, you only look 320!”

No More Chubby Babies

Chubby babies are one of the cutest things on the planet. Their little cheeks and rolls are to die for. However, some parents apparently don’t find it so cute. Which seems impossible, but this mom proves otherwise.

No More Chubby Babies

This is really sad as it sounds like if she ends up with a chubby baby, she won’t love it as much because she doesn’t deem it as cute as a tiny one. Babies aren’t dolls, they’re living creatures who should be loved no matter what.

She Just Doesn’t Want Kids

Some adults just don’t want children. Whatever their reasoning is, it’s entirely their choice and no one should be pressured to have a family. Some people have a hard time accepting that, though, like this lady.

She Just Doesn’t Want Kids

We have so many questions here. What are these “karmic reasons”? Why two babies specifically? And how uncomfortable must her daughter be every time she says it’s actually her daughter’s child when it so clearly isn’t?

Bipolar Toddlers

While bipolar disorder can technically affect children of any age, it’s most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 18. So, when this mom was convinced her baby had it, others weren’t so sure.

Bipolar Toddlers

It sounds like she wants to blame normal moody toddler behavior on bipolar disorder, when what’s really going on is typical developmental and personality changes that toddlers go through. Being aware of possible problems is good — but this takes it a little too far.

Breast Milk Cookies

While the benefits of breast milk are pretty well-researched, it doesn’t mean that we should go putting it into everything. Shockingly, many don’t like the idea of drinking milk that came out of another human.

Breast Milk Cookies

We’ve got to side with the husband on this one. If she insists on taking them to work, hopefully, she at least is honest about what the cookies are made with. And don’t get us started on the person who thinks breast milk can cure COVID.

No Choosing Your Own Partner!

Keeping your children fit and healthy is something most parents are concerned with, as they’re responsible for their children’s diet and lifestyle. It’s a balancing act between maintaining a healthy body and pushing it too far, causing kids serious body image issues for years to come. This family has a… unique approach.

No Choosing Your Own Partner!

Controlling who your child dates is beyond cringey. We seriously feel for the poor girl who was forced out of a young relationship because her boyfriend’s parents didn’t like how she looked. We sincerely hope it didn’t cause her too much psychological damage.

Talk About Inappropriate Typos

Ever since text messaging became a thing, typos have plagued phone owners everywhere. It’s embarrassing, especially when the typo completely changes the meaning of a message — like this mom experienced.

Talk About Inappropriate Typos

It’s a toss-up whether her son died laughing or was absolutely mortified. It was probably a mix of both. This cringey moment could have been avoided by assuming her son, who’s old enough to text, is also old enough to know not to shake a carbonated drink.

Autocorrect Gone Wrong

Autocorrect may seem like a useful feature, and most of the time it is. But, sometimes the words it chooses to replace are a bit… out there, and can lead to awkward situations.

Autocorrect Gone Wrong

The question is — how often does this mom write fondled for autocorrect to change Googled to fondled? It’s not exactly a common word, so it makes one question what kind of things this mom is texting about when not texting her kid.

A Remix You Weren’t Expecting

LMFAO is more than just a texting acronym. It’s an electronic dance duo that put out some real bangers in the early 2000s, perhaps the most well-known of which being “Sexy and I Know It”. This mom managed to turn it into a cringey remix.

A Remix You Weren’t Expecting

It’s bad enough having your mom find a rubber, but for her to take a song you enjoy and turn it into a way to punish you is pretty uncool. This kid probably never saw LMFAO’s hit the same way after this incident.

Favorite Child Much?

Siblings — you love them, you hate them, you steal their clothes, and you compete with them for mom and dad’s attention. They’re built-in best friends and also the bane of your existence. And as much as they may deny it, parents have favorites.

Favorite Child Much?

This harsh comment from a parent was definitely a wake-up call. While it may have been a joke, anyone reading this would alternate between thinking what a sick burn it was and feeling bad for the original poster.

Self-Care or Self-Indulgence?

Who wouldn’t love the self-care trend all over social media? We all took Tom’s “Treat yo’self!” advice from Parks and Rec to heart — splurging on manicures, nice candles, or a new pair of shoes. But sometimes, when seeing someone constantly doing these things, the question of where exactly they’re getting that money from arises.

Self-Care or Self-Indulgence?

Is this cringey for the parent, for making fun of their own child on social media? Or for the child, who just got savagely roasted by their parent? Either way, someone here ends up laughing at the other’s expense.