How to find questionable parenting advice on WikiHow
We’re not the first to notice that WikiHow is a treasure trove for those who appreciate absurd humor: it’s full of instructions for activities no one would conceivably do, overly detailed instructions for everyday activities, and truly awful clip-art.
Today, though, we’re addressing the articles on this site that are of the most use to our audience: the ones on babies and parenting. Hopefully you’ll enjoy their oddball charm as much as we did.
There is no such thing as an ugly baby, WikiHow! We are disappointed in you.
With that said, lying by omission does seem like a solid strategy.
If only it was as simple as “Follow the simple steps below and you’ll have a happy child that loves school and has many friends.” Also: why not let a girl play football, or let a boy study dance, if that’s what they want to do?
Now this is a puzzler: how do you choose a room in the average house that “tends to have the warmest warmth in the house, yet is slightly away from all other action from nearby passer-bys, yet still is close enough to the parents that they can get to the child within a few seconds”?
And, why do you need to hide an “extra pacifier in an un-seen area that couldn’t be visible to the child”? And why do you need to hide the baby monitor from your child? Are newborns worried about surveillance?
Also, wall-to-wall carpeting is not always the best idea, and the picture they chose to endorse wall-to-wall carpet really makes the idea unappealing.
Best read aloud very fast in a teenage Valley Girl voice:
“Cool does not mean the whole rapper outfit. For example, instead of wearing your floral shorts and your old, torn up “The Monkees” shirt, or trying to dress like a rapper with baggy shirts, falling off your butt jeans and a gangster hat, wear nice, darker dress shoes, darker, well fitting jeans and a plain white dress shirt if your a father. If you’re a mother, try cute flats or cute high heels (Just don’t wear hooker boots), flattering jeans (Any color, and, if you can pull them off, skinny jeans) for your body, a nice, fun-but-stylish-and-mature shirt (Pick a color that compliments your hair color, eye color, skin color etc.), and maybe a cute necklace and/or a bracelet. Hair doesn’t really matter, just have a clean but fun, stylish cut, with a nice colour (In other words, not a strange color. Either dye it an average color, or let it be natural) so that, all in all, you are stylish. Those outfits are cool and stylish. You can be stylish and mature at the same time. Don’t wear high socks or short shorts. You don’t want to embarrass your child when you drive him or her to school.”
The idea of laughing off a fistfight of this magnitude is worrisome to say the least.
One gets the sense that the person who wrote this is directly addressing their actual embarrassing dad, especially when they say “Don’t talk about letting one off or doing a number two in public.”
This one just rides off the rails at full speed when it hits step 2. Just who is it who needs to be told not to dangle babies by their arms? The dismaying predictions for kids who don’t get enough attention are also a bit over the top.
First of all, it’s probably better to take an elevator if you can find one. Second of all, this appears to be a pram-style setup where the baby wouldn’t be harnessed in, and so looking at the pictures is not only confusing but is making me really worried about the baby rattling around in there.
Something seems fishy about this.
We do not endorse attempting to contact JK Rowling for baby-naming advice.
There’s nothing egregious in the article, but the artwork depicting the child as a disturbing mini-me of the father is just fascinating. Frankly, I tuned out what was in the article after a while and just looked at the pictures.
Solid advice: “Be careful to avoid wearing anything that could harm a child. Accidentally knocking your baby with a stud wristband while wrestling with the diapers on the change table is not a good outcome.”
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Also, don’t be this guy.
Finally, here’s some advice we hope you never have to use:
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