Adrian Fernand – Australia’s seriously stylish agony uncle and creator of idobelieveicamewithahat.com – answers your questions on life, the universe and everything. This week, Adrian has advice on how to deal with Facebook friends boring you about their babies.
Dear Agony Uncle,
Iâ€™ve hit the age where all of my friends are starting to have babies. As a (still) single girl, Iâ€™m tired of the endless Facebook status updates about their childrenâ€™s sleeping patterns and teething troubles. Is it rude to tell them that I donâ€™t care and that they should spare me the detail?
Bored with Babies, Shoreditch
Dear Bored with Babies,
Ah, the good old-fashioned pressure further compounded by modern-day technology. Itâ€™s bad enough to have oneâ€™s relatives barking in oneâ€™s ear about prospective grandchildren, not least when our own peers hit that communal wave of procreation to make us feel insignificant and reproductively-challenged viaâ€”heaven forbidâ€”Facebook. Itâ€™s as if somethingâ€™s in the waterâ€”an overly fertile amoebaâ€”that ferrets into our friendsâ€™ ovaries and makes them spawn like tree ferns, casting offspring asunder; bottled at the source in the State of Utah.
Alas, your friends have entered the next stage of their lives where late-night jaunts and disco pashes are no longer de rigeur, replaced by a demanding little person who screams and gyrates, but not in the good way. Everything that might have mattered once before has now taken a baby seat, their priorities lying solely with the nurture of their infant.
Cut your friends some slackâ€”itâ€™s not easy being a new parent, particularly on three hoursâ€™ sleep. If their perpetual dialogue offends you so, use the â€˜Hideâ€™ button in your Facebook feed and promptly eradicate their diatribe like a soiled Pampers. And remember: just because you havenâ€™t given birth, doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t bang on about your new â€˜babiesâ€™. Prada heels or a Vivienne Westwood tote are much sexier than news of sleepless nights and baby spit.
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