You may have
heard Facebook is getting ready to roll out a set of "reaction" emoticons in
response to the demand for a "dislike" button. Unfortunately you won't be able
to tell your neighbor how you really feel about their lawn decorations with a "thumbs down" symbol, but there will be faces titled "love," "haha," "yay,"
"wow," "sad" and "angry" to help you sort out your complicated feelings. Thanks, Mark
thinking there should be an entire other set of symbols that could be used by
one of Facebook's most prolific group of users: parents. As we know, the
feeling you get when someone makes a judgy comment about that Lunchable in your
back-to-school pic can't be summed up by just the "angry" button. Here are a
few I'd like to see:
You know the
feeling. You see your teen tagged in a funny picture at the arcade, and boy are
they having a good time. But wait, didn't he tell you he was going to be
spending the evening researching land mammals for his science project?
Admit it. People are going to parent their own kids in a way that you just don't approve
of. Is that the mom from kinder playgroup checking in at McDonald's? Here's a
way to gently tell her that those chicken nuggets are made by the devil.
3. The "Stop Judging Me"
Wait a minute—why is anyone trying to tell you how to raise your own kid? Use this button
when you want to tell someone to mind their own damn business and to stop trying
to make you feel guilty for feeding your hungry child a piece of breaded poultry.
4. The "My Invitation
Must Have Gotten Lost in the Mail" button
enough your kid didn't get invited to her BFF's birthday party, but it's even worse
when your Facebook stream is filled with pictures of all of her classmates
whooping it up in the bounce house. Ditto for that mom's night you got left out
of and all the drunken selfies you have to stare at online. Here's an
effective way of letting them know how bitter you are.
5. The "That Cup Better
Be Filled With Soda" button
There are SO many
red Solo cups in those party pictures your teenager just posted! Yes, your underaged
6. The "Get Ready to See
Pictures of My Cereal" button
really cruel? When you're stuck at home with a toddler and all of your single
friends keep posting pictures of some fabulous 10-pound steak in peppercorn
sauce they're devouring, or a dessert that's as big as a car. It's about time
you got revenge by filling their feed with hundreds of pictures featuring miserable bits of wheat floating in pools of milk.
7. The "Help Is On the
best friend posts that she hasn't left the house for days, her entire wardrobe
is caked with dried applesauce and she just accidentally put her baby in the
filing cabinet—that's not a status update, it's a cry for help. Use this
button to let her know you'll be flying right over with some strong beverages and a soft