When an author tweeted out a photo of a “Daddy Sticker Chart” on Twitter, it quickly went viral.
The photo solicited hundreds of responses, many from women upset over the chart and what they believed it represented.
This is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life
JUST GET DIVORCED ALREADY.
Imagine having a husband who needs a sticker chart to encourage behavior that he should just do as a spouse and partner.
Imagine being so fed up you gotta do this just to get basic parenting help. Id give him divorce papers not rewards
“no nagging for a week” is sneakily terrible???
While others brought another viral meme into the conversation:
Discovering memes like this made me want to leave the earth. pic.twitter.com/dkHKTCw209
— Audra Williams (@audrawilliams) July 17, 2019
However, what both of these memes have in common is the fact that the photos were not meant to be taken seriously, but rather to be seen as comedic relief to otherwise frustrating situations some households endure.
Daddy Sticker Chart. Just one of the hilarious things in my book "I Heart My Little A-Holes" coming out April 8th….
In an interview with CafeMom, the creator of the chart, Karen Alpert, who runs the well-known blog “Baby Sideburns,” explained the origins of the “Daddy Sticker Chart.”
As Alpert told CafeMom, the chart was something she drew and shared with her followers in 2014:
“Anyone who follows my page knows that most of what I post is meant to be funny. This was from way back in the day  when my kids were young and motivated by sticker charts. One day it just popped into my head, ‘What if I made a sticker chart for my husband? What would that look like?’ And of course, I knew what the ‘grand prize’ would be, LOL.”
She then reassured others that the chart was, in fact, a joke and that she “would never have used a sticker chart with rewards like this for real.”
However, as Alpert continued, she understands that not all households are as equal as hers is. She believes that’s where much of the destain for this chart comes from:
“The world is a very different place than it was five or six years ago. In some ways, we’ve lost our funny bones because things have gotten so serious and divided. Divided between parties, sexes, race, etc. […]
You can be angry about something that’s meant to be funny, but where’s the fun in that? It’s much easier and more therapeutic to laugh.”
She concluded, “I think most wives with husbands can [ultimately] relate to this even if our husbands do half the work around the house. We’re just wired differently.”