Maybe they really do have a perfect child. Maybe they're just annoying. Here's how to deal.

By Real Simple
Updated March 19, 2015
Alyce Jones

Parents have always been proud of their children—and that often comes along with a little bit of bragging. But with social media and an increased sense of competitiveness, that has gone to a whole new level—parents are "oversharenting" on Facebook and Instagram, and college acceptance season is a time for moms and dads to boast as though they were the ones being accepted to school. How do you deal with a friend who can't stop beaming and bragging about her child, or worse, one who has perfected the art of the passive-aggressive humblebrag? Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop sought out the solution in her new podcast, "I Want to Like You."

Van Ogtrop called on author Hilary Levey Friedman of Brown University and Robin Abrahams, the Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct" advice columnist—both offered smart advice for handling irritating parents, as well as warning signs that you might be crossing the line. Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to subscribe to all of our podcasts on iTunes.