The One-Up-Manship of Parental Bragging

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Parents brag. They do. Just look at Facebook for proof. "Little Toby wiped his own butt today! And he's only three months old!" However, there's another level of parental bragging that really takes the cake: Topper Bragging. You know. You say that your kid finally mastered all of his ABC's and your friend replies that her son not only knows his ABC's but the alphabet in Spanish, Polish and Latin. I know you know what I'm talking about. Gina at Oaxacaborn recently wrote about the Topper complex, and I will admit to laughing and wondering how many times I've actually been the culprit.

She shares a humorous-but-oh-so-true example:

Well folks, when this Topper complex is observed within the parental habitat, it’s truly a weird thing to behold.

Exhibit A:

“Hi, friend! How’re you doing?”

“Oh, pretty beat. My kid didn’t sleep much last night.”

“Psh. I have thirty-eight kids and none of them slept through the night until they were twelve.”

Go finish reading her post for a laugh -- or a cringe as you wonder if you've been That Mom.

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Family/Moms & Events Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land.

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