10 Dead Giveaways That Scream You’re a Trashy Parent

Trash noun: a person or people regarded as being of very low social standing, a worthless person. Take these qualities, procreate, and you have a trashy parent. When you see a trashy parent, you know them immediately.

Several dead giveaways remove all doubt—you’re a parent and, according to one internet forum, a heaping, steaming pile of trash.

1. Partying While Pregnant

There is nothing more despicable than endangering a child. Drinking and using drugs while pregnant constitutes child abuse before the child enters the world.

Those who put a good time, or an addiction, before their child occupies the lowest depths of trash. Fetal alcohol syndrome and drug-addicted newborns are two acute symptoms of partying while pregnant.

2. Allowing Kids to Destroy Property

Letting your kids punch holes in your walls is one thing. However, letting your kids destroy other peoples’ property are lightyears trashier.

Whether a runt is too handsy with items in a store, cavalier with friends’ precious toys, or the little monster engages in other forms of property destruction, the damage ultimately falls on the parent. Moms and dads that choose to turn a blind eye or make excuses for the felonious kid are, for lack of a better word, trash.

3. Bad Teeth

There are dental problems children are born with, and there are dental problems that parents create. The latter is a surefire sign of a trashy parent. Phrases like “Mountain Dew Mouth” are dedicated to parents who allow their kids to eat and drink as they please, without regard for brushing, flossing, or sugar moderation.

As with all trashy parenting, the biggest loser is the child. A rotting smile is a prerequisite for bullying and low self-esteem; any parent should realize it.

4. Allowing Kids to Name-Call

Kids cursing has become a lowbrow form of humor. Behind every kid dropping racial slurs and F-bombs, there is a trashy parent who lets it happen, teaches the child dirty words, or both.

5. Smoking in the Car or House

Putting your own needs before your kids’ is a trashy move. Therefore, when you see someone lighting up in the car with a gaggle of kids in the back, you can bet that person makes countless other trashy decisions. The same goes for those whose home with nicotine-stained ceilings has kids living in them.

6. Trashy Bumper Stickers

One observer who has seen their fair share of trashy parents noted that a specific type of bumper sticker gives away a trashy parent in the wild. The sticker typically reads, “My kid beat up your honor student!”

7. Openly Crowning a Favorite Child

It’s perfectly acceptable to have a favorite child. It’s trash to openly discuss which child is your favorite, putting the other kids down. The drawbacks of being the second favorite are potentially life-threatening in a trash family. “Tommy is my favorite. He gets to sit in the front seat and avoid the backdraft of cigarette smoke.”

8. Kids Kicking Your Seat

The way some of these heathens kick the back of the airplane seat, you’d think their parents were training them to be the next Lionel Messi. The truth is the parents are merely teaching them to be the next generation of human garbage bags.

9. Forcing Politics on Kids

Lack of awareness is a vital part of being a trashy parent. The failure to recognize that a kid will have decades to participate in bitter political rivalries, but has only one tiny sliver of innocent childhood, is a sign of a trashy parent. 

10. Outsourcing Childcare to Children

Like farmers who used to crank out 15 children as free labor, there is a viral strain of modern parent who seems to have more children to watch the first crop of children. With a mindset of “Babysitters are expensive, and these brats need to earn their keep!” Terrible.

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  • S
    Posted at 16:02h, 30 April Reply

    How can you even see ‘trashy parents’ from your high horse? Some people believe that those who write judgmental blog posts are ‘worthless people’. It’s not okay for kids to bully, but grown people? Good journalism

    • Krystal DeVille
      Posted at 04:04h, 31 May Reply

      I appreciate your comment and your perspective on this issue. It’s important to have open discussions and consider different points of view.

      I understand your frustration about judging others, especially when it comes to parenting. It’s not fair to sit on a high horse and label someone as a “trashy parent.” We should approach these topics with empathy and understanding, recognizing that everyone has their own unique circumstances and challenges.

      While I agree that it’s not okay for kids to bully, it’s worth mentioning that grown people should also be held accountable for their actions. Good journalism involves examining different aspects of society, including the challenges parents face. However, it’s essential to approach these discussions with respect and without demeaning or judging individuals.

      Bullying, regardless of age, is never acceptable. We need to promote a culture of empathy and kindness, where everyone is treated with respect. Instead of judgment, we should focus on constructive discussions and finding solutions that can lead to positive change.

      So, let’s continue engaging in thoughtful conversations that encourage understanding and compassion. Together, we can work towards a society where bullying is actively discouraged, and empathy is embraced.

  • Elizabeth S Fields
    Posted at 23:14h, 28 May Reply

    What is so unique about this is it’s America and you have a right to name your child whatever. It doesn’t matter what your name is, how you dress, or whatever, no one should be bullied. No one! The person you bullied may be the person you need to call upon one day. Where will that leave you with that person? Will he/she be there for you, or will he/she remember how he/she was bullied in school? Would you want someone to bully you?

    • Krystal DeVille
      Posted at 03:56h, 31 May Reply

      Thank you for sharing your insightful comment! You’ve touched upon an important aspect of individuality and empathy. It is indeed one of the unique qualities of America that parents have the freedom to name their child as they see fit. This freedom to express oneself extends beyond just names and encompasses various aspects such as personal style and identity.

      Your emphasis on the importance of treating others with respect and kindness is crucial. Bullying, regardless of the reasons behind it, is never acceptable. It’s essential for us as a society to foster an environment where everyone feels safe and supported.

      It’s a powerful question, isn’t it? None of us want to be on the receiving end of bullying, so it’s crucial that we treat others with respect and kindness. We need to create an environment where everyone feels safe and supported.

      By cultivating empathy and understanding, we can build a world where people stand up against bullying and treat others the way they would want to be treated. It’s about fostering a culture of compassion and recognizing the inherent value in each and every individual.

      So let’s remember, no matter where we are from or what our names are, we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Let’s work together to ensure that no one has to experience the pain of bullying.

  • Laura Brown
    Posted at 18:23h, 23 June Reply

    I appreciate this post and hope parents pay attention and take note!

  • Sandra L Banducci
    Posted at 11:54h, 24 June Reply

    I agree with you 100% on the trashy parents. You are not on a “high horse”, but using common sense that people nowadays are forgetting about. My parents smoked in our house, but that was a time when the dangers were unknown. We lived in Hawaii, so homes there were more open to airflow. I avoided alcohol while pregnant, and didn’t smoke either. Both my children (two daughters) grew up to be responsible adults, Your article is right on point!

  • Alecia Humphrey
    Posted at 12:14h, 24 June Reply

    Hmmm…..I wonder why the first commenter listed their name as “S”? Could it be that their parents gave them one of those obviously trashy names, lol? But rather than admit that they have been bullied and teased all their life because of it they are just angry and defensive. Just saying…

    My name is far from trashy, however, it does have a unique spelling and when I was young it was not a common name at all, I can remember being teased at school, always having to spell my name for teachers or correct the way it is pronounced (something I still have to do all the time). If you’re Nick Cannon’s kid you probably have enough money to not give a crap about how cruel kids are, but for the rest of the world, it is something parents should consider when naming a baby. And most importantly…..you want your kid to be able to buy a keychain that has their name on it! LOL

  • Stacy Saxson
    Posted at 16:21h, 26 June Reply

    I agree. Trashy, or self-indulged, or low self-esteem, or trying too hard to be “cool”. Anyone who names their kids a stupid name or a stupidly spelled name should be fixed.

  • Ellen Kelley
    Posted at 14:30h, 01 July Reply

    Wow cannot believe the self-righteousness of a few responders to this post along with the author. Only in America can someone be so judgmental about other peoples’ decisions. I was raised to live and let live. I promise there are so many more important things in life than allowing yourself to worry about how someone else raises their children or what they name their children. The next time you feel like bullying families, take a good long look in the mirror and write about your own life decisions.

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