15 Parents Who Hit The Headlines In 2018 For Very Different Reasons
They say that kids do and say the craziest things, but in actual fact, parents are equally as guilty of behaving in a bizarre way.
Thanks to social media, this has never been more apparent. Children are now all too keen to share snippets of their lives, which inevitably involve their parents in some capacity. In 2018, we have all seen a variety of videos featuring the parents of our friends and those of total strangers. From a dad pulling some cringe-inducing dance moves to a mom freaking out whilst being pranked, we have seen it all.
To highlight some of these moments, I have compiled a list of some of this year's most viral moments involving parents. Some are good, some bad and some extremely ugly. Buckle up, this is going to be a really bumpy ride...
1. The dad who pushed a kid over during a football game
In November this year, a Welsh father hit the headlines after footage taken during a children's soccer game went viral.
The clip caught the dad push the child playing the position of goalkeeper in order to save a goal. The video divided opinion with some finding it hilarious and others deeming his actions to be inappropriate.
2. The dad who shouted at his son for doing well at school
Receiving your child's report card can be a moment of mixed emotions, as this father expertly demonstrates...
His perfect reaction instantly went viral for all the right reasons.
3. The supportive dad who melted hearts
This dad's support of his son warmed even the coldest hearts this year. This is what you call proper parenting...
"It's not even us being gay," the son said. "It's just my dad accepting who I'm in love with."
4. The mom who said it's okay to have a favorite child
In contrast, this mom was shamed after she went on live television to say that it's okay to have a favorite child. She broadcast that out of her three children, her youngest is her favorite.
Unsurprisingly, her comments weren't well received. The public was furious that she could say such a thing!
5. This father and son brought a tear to everyone's eye
After spending a week apart, this 53-year-old son was desperate to be reunited with his 88-year-old father, with whom he shares a particularly close bond. The heart-warming video tore up Twitter with people all around the globe shedding a tear of happiness...
If you don't feel warm and fuzzy inside after watching this video, then you should probably consult your doctor as it may be that you don't have a heart.
6. The mom who breastfed during her hockey match half-time
This mom inspired a nation when photographs of her breastfeeding her eight-week-old baby during breaks in her hockey game went viral.
"I felt my milk come in and leak as I played and between periods I would strip down to feed my eight-week-old babe. Being a mom is absolutely amazing and I'm so happy I got to do something I absolutely love while still meeting my babies needs. Our bodies are amazing and this weekend was the first time I truly appreciated mine," said the mom.
7. The dad who tried to ruin his daughter's proposal
When Levi Bliss proposed to Allison, he hoped the whole thing would run smoothly. However, Allison's father had other ideas...
The Nevada-based couple were left highly amused by his comical interruption of their special moment...
"This is really just my dad's personality," Allison told Buzzfeed News. "We have a very close family and so he's made little jokes like this before."
8. The mom who got more than she bargained for
Moms like to think that they know everything about you, so it can be a shock to the system when they learn you've been hiding a secret. This mom was certainly surprised when she learned her daughter had her nipples pierced...
That must have been an awkward car ride home!
9. The mom who said what we are all thinking
After a slew of horrific school shootings this year, the classroom became reminiscent of a battlefield. Disgusted that their children's lives were at risk whilst they sought an education, some parents took matters into their own hands. This mom took to Twitter to make her disgust known...
The post quickly went viral with parents around the globe sharing similar thoughts.
10. When Meghan Markle's mom stole the show at the Royal Wedding
Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry was easily the biggest society event of the year. Royals, celebrities, and world leaders all gathered to watch the American (former) actress tie the knot with the red-headed prince. However, nobody took any notice of the likes of Amal and George Clooney, Victoria and David Beckham, and Cara Delevigne, because they were all too busy looking at Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother.
The reserved, yet supportive, Doria really stole the show and perfectly displayed what a proud parent looks like.
11. The mom who gave birth in a hospital hallway
In February this year, a new mom made headlines when sensational images of her giving birth in a hospital hallway in Manhattan, Kansas went viral.
The mom hadn't managed to make it to the emergency room in time and her baby wasn't waiting for anyone!
12. The mom who knew way too much about memes
During the Thanksgiving period, parents across America were duped by their kids who tried to prank them into explaining how to cook a 25 lb turkey in the microwave. The viral trend had some unexpected results, but none was more hilarious than this cool mom's response...
This mom clearly knows her stuff and spends WAY too much time online!
13. The dad who made his daughter walk miles to school as a punishment
When this dad discovered that his 10-year-old daughter had been removed from the school bus (again) for bullying a fellow student, he decided to make her serve a long, painful punishment.
To teach her a lesson, he made his daughter walk miles to school each day in all different types of weather. It's safe to say she won't be bullying anyone again!
14. The mommy blogger who "exploited" her children for likes
Mommy bloggers have been extremely popular in 2018. However, more often than not, it's been for all the wrong reasons. For example, this mom was slammed heavily for publishing a post on Instagram which suggested one of her sons wasn't as popular with her followers as her other children. It didn't resonate well with her followers...
Many shamed the mom for her blatant narcissim and for exploiting her children for social media approval.
15. The mom who fed her vegan daughter deer meat
Veganism became extremely popular in 2018 and as a result that produced a lot of drama on social media. It culminated in this sensational video of a daughter screaming and crying after learning she'd eaten deer meat...
For obvious reasons, the video went viral and defined the millennial generation.