Find out where they stand on everything from home births to post-baby sex.
Last year over 100,000 parents took BuzzFeed’s Ultimate Parenting Survey and weighed in on today’s biggest issues of parenting. Now Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “Jwoww” Farley have too.
1. How good of a parent do you think you are?
Jenni: “I think we’re kick-ass parents.”
Nicole: “I think we’re kick-ass moms, yeah. Especially since we’ve
never done it before. I’m pretty sure we’re pretty good. Ask Lorenzo when he’s like 10.”
23% of BuzzFeed readers identified themselves as “the best” parents. 49% said they were “pretty average,” while 38% said they “could be better.”
2. How good of a parent do you think your partner is?
Jenni: “Roger is a very independent, do-it-himself kind of man and his whole life changed. He is obsessed. He cannot live without her, they have to sleep face to face with each other, he has to hold her every night. It’s like a whole other person from when we were dating.”
Nicole: “It’s like our kids have two moms because they change the diapers, they give baths, they do everything a mom would do. Not a lot of dads do that. We’re definitely lucky.”
43% of BuzzFeed readers said their partner was “pretty average,” while 34% said they were “the best” and 23% said “they could be better.”
3. Do you kiss your kids on the lips?
Nicole: “Yeah. I make out with Lorenzo. Love him.”
50% of BuzzFeed readers said, “Of course,” while 40% said, “Ew, no.”
4. Have you ever caught yourself repeating something your parents said to you?
Nicole: “Not yet. Have you, Jenni?”
Jenni: “No, but my dad used to listen to music that was so fucking annoying to me, like MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e and Aerosmith, and now I catch myself having it on my iPod. He’s like, â€˜I fucking told you. That was the shit and you didn’t want to listen to it growing up because you were too cool.'”
Nicole: “When the teenage years come I’ll probably sound like my mom. I was a bad teenager and they say your kids are 10 times worse than you were, so I’ll get there.”
85% of BuzzFeed readers have caught themselves saying something their parents said.
5. Are you OK with publicly shaming kids?
Jenni: “That’s like the biggest lesson learner. One girl I heard was making fun of another child’s clothes, so her dad made her wear rags to school for a whole week. It taught her a lesson.”
Nicole: “Yeah, don’t be a little asshole or little bully.”
74% of BuzzFeed readers said, “No, I prefer not to scar my kid for life.”
6. At what age is it appropriate for a kid to get a cell phone?
Nicole: “I never got a cell phone until I was 17.”
Jenni: “Me too!”
Nicole: “It was a Nextel and I felt really fricking cool. Now you see kids at like 9 years old having cell phones and texting. When I was 9 I was outside playing in the mud and doing things.”
Jenni: “They say you should never give a kid technology before 10 and I think I believe that.”
52% of BuzzFeed readers said “not until high school,” while 34% said “fifth grade.”
7. How much screen time is OK?
Jenni: “I go with the whole thing of an hour a day of TV or technology.”
Nicole: “Go play outside.”
Jenni: “Yeah, go play outside. We both grew up in Upstate New York –“
Nicole: “I rode my bike every day. We’d climb trees.”
72% of BuzzFeed readers say they set limits on screen time.
8. Do you let your kids cry it out?
Nicole: “A baby has got to cry. It builds their lungs, and if they make a noise and you go to them they’re going to own you the rest of their life.”
Jenni: “That’s Roger. Meilani is not allowed to cry it out, and if she does he flies up the stairs and flips the fuck out.”
54% of BuzzFeed readers said they let their babies cry it out.
9. Where do you stand on vaccinations?
Nicole: “I am all for vaccinations. Because if you think about it, mothers who don’t do vaccines — and this is a very touchy subject, I don’t even want to get into it — but mothers who don’t do vaccines, they’re nervous about the consequences of the vaccine, but they’re not thinking about the disease. So your child could get the disease and potentially die instead of getting the vaccine and maybe have a little effect from it. You’re saving your child.
Jenni: I am pro-vaccines but I break them apart. Break them apart if you feel uncomfortable.
69% of BuzzFeed readers said “no question, you vaccinate.”
10. Would you let your kids drink underage?
Jenni: “I don’t want to, but I’d be a hypocrite if I said no.”
Nicole: “I would say no, but if Lorenzo is 18 and wants a beer, and is home with me, he can have one.”
Jenni: “If you can go to war and die for your country, fuck it you can have a glass of wine.”
50% of BuzzFeed readers said, “I don’t love it but I know it’s a reality,” while 24% said “never.”
11. Where do you stand on circumcision?
Jenni: “I would get mine circumcised. Did you get Lorenzo circumcised?”
Nicole: “Yes. I feel like it’s healthy for the penis.”
Jenni: “Well, some people say it’s not because…”
(Jenni mimes cutting something).
Nicole: “Yeah, but then it gets like folded and bacteria or something.”
Jenni: “I don’t know. That’s all I know.”
Nicole: “Circumcised is the norm for me, so that’s why I did it. The doctor said it’s preventative. I don’t want my son to have an infected penis.”
59% of BuzzFeed readers are against circumcision, 41% are for it.
12. Do you avoid GMOs (genetically modified food)?
Nicole: “What’s that?”
Jenni: “All my weird food, you say.”
Nicole: “Oh, that’s her. I eat healthy, but I don’t eat, like, this yogurt she ate this morning which was like paste. Purple paste.”
Jenni: “We never grew up with that stuff, so our kids are like the test subject for genetically made food. Meilani is strictly organic all the way. I want to give her a better life than I had because I was like, the mac and cheese kid. And soda. Apparently I drank 11 fucking things of soda a day at one point as a kid. What the fuck?”
55% of BuzzFeed readers say they try to avoid GMOs but it’s not a deal breaker.
13. How do you deal with picky eaters?
Nicole: “We have to bribe Lorenzo because all he wants is candy. So we say — he has a quad, he goes quading (four-wheeling) with his dad, not like crazy but down the road — so we’re like, â€˜Lorenzo, if you don’t eat your dinner you’re not going to go quading with your dad.’ So you kind of have to bribe them a little bit.”
Jenni: I’m just going to be such a bitch. I am going to be that mom where I’m like, â€˜You’re not allowed to get up. It is what it is. Deal with it.'”
65% of BuzzFeed readers say, “Make one meal, they take it or leave it,” while 35% say, “I’ll accommodate as long as they eat.”
14. Do you judge other parents?
Nicole: “No. I don’t give a shit.”
Jenni: “Yes and no. The vaccination thing and stuff like that, I’ll be honest, I judge.”
62% of BuzzFeed readers say they judge other parents.
15. Who has it harder? Working moms or stay-at-home moms?
Jenni: “That is the great debate for me.”
Nicole: “Because we’re both.”
Jenni: “I love being a working mom but I’m obsessed with being a stay-at-home mom. This is our working mom life, and then we’ll go home for a week and be stay at home moms. So we have the best of both worlds. I could not imagine getting up and doing a 9 to 5.”
Nicole: “Yeah, I give so much credit to them, especially to single moms that have to go to a 9 to 5 job every day. I give credit to all those moms. But I would say the hardest job is stay-at-home mom. Because that shit’s hard.”
78% of BuzzFeed readers said, “It’s not a competition,” 15% said working parents have it harder, and 7% said stay-at-home parents have it worst.
16. Do you party in front of your kids?
Jenni: “I don’t party, but I did come home wasted from Nicole’s wedding. But we had a babysitter there. We have a rule, if you drink, you can’t hold the baby.”
Nicole: “I’m not for drinking and taking care of the baby.”
62% said they have a drink “every now and then,” while 24% said it was “totally inappropriate.”
17. How are you going to teach your kids about sex?
Jenni: “I’m just going to have them watch Nicole on Jersey Shore.”
Nicole: I’ll do it. I’ll say, â€˜OK, Lorenzo, you might feel a little sensation in your pee-pee and you’re going to want to do stuff –“
Jenni: “I think you should let Jionni handle that.”
Nicole: “I’m going to talk about sex with him. I’m going to say you can’t have sex, because you’re gonna get someone pregnant, and then your life is gonna be over. I’m really going to stress pregnancy and being protected if you’re gonna do it.”
Jenni: “I’m gonna be like, â€˜All your classmates are whores and you gotta be above that!'”
Nicole: “Yeah, they’re stinky, and if you have sex your penis is gonna fall off.”
Jenni: “You’re just going to scar him for life.”
Nicole: “Yeah, and he’ll never have sex.”
78% of BuzzFeed readers said they’re going to give their kids “the talk.”
18. How’s your relationship with your partner after kids?
Jenni: “I think our relationship is better. I don’t want to say Meilani saved us as a relationship, but I feel like I can honestly say we’re gonna be together forever because it just bonded us in such a way. I don’t know, it’s just like a feeling. We’re parents to this beautiful daughter.”
Nicole: “It just brings you closer together knowing you made this beautiful creature.”
48% of BuzzFeed readers said their relationship is “the same,” 33% say they’re now “closer together,” and 19% said “it was better before.”
19. How is your sex life after kids?
Jenni: “Oh, I don’t have sex right now.”
Nicole: “After you have a baby your vagina’s not the same down there.”
Nicole: “It hurts. Unless it’s really lubricated.”
Jenni: “And then the baby’s crying, and Meilani sleeps with us…”
Nicole: “I don’t have time for sex. The next time I have sex I’m going to get pregnant.”
46% of BuzzFeed readers say it was better before kids; 42% say it’s the same.
20. Co-sleeping, yes or no?
Jenni: “I’ll be first to say I was totally against it until I had Meilani and I was breastfeeding in the beginning and then you just build this bond. I’d put her away and then be like, “No, you’re coming back.”
Nicole: “I didn’t with Lorenzo, but since I breastfeed with Giovanna, it’s just so much easier.”
While the majority of BuzzFeed readers were for it, 41% said, “No, it’s dangerous.”
21. Do you share photos of your kids on social media?
Nicole: “I do. On my private Facebook I show everything, but on Instagram and Twitter I do a little less just because I don’t want to expose my kids that much to the public.”
29% of BuzzFeed readers say they share photos “all the time,” 57% said “on special occasions,” and 14% said “never.”
22. How many kids do you want?
Nicole: “I want two more. I want to have four.”
Jenni: “If I have a boy next I’m complete. If I have a girl I’m going to “spin the sperm” and hope for a boy the third time around.”
14% of BuzzFeed readers said “one kid” was the ideal, 50% said “two kids,” and 36% said “three or more.”
23. Home births?
Nicole: “Fuck that! I need an epidural and a nurse dabbing my vagina. I’m not doing that myself.”
68% of BuzzFeed’s readers said, “No way, that’s crazy,” while 28% said they’d “try it under the right circumstances.”
24. Epidurals or not?
Jenni: “I tried not to have one, but then the pain came and I was like, ‘Give it to me!’ It didn’t kick in in time, though, because Meilani was born eight minutes later. I had a rapid delivery and she just flew out and took my intestines with her.”
Nicole: “No, no, no, no, no. I do not want to feel my vagina ripping.”
Jenni: “It was the worst. I was screaming like a fucking dying hyena. I never want to feel that again.”
52% of BuzzFeed readers were down with epidurals.
25. Do you have a favorite kid?
Nicole: “No. It’s a different kind of love because it’s a girl and a boy. But if I had to choose between my kids I would just kill myself.”
52% of BuzzFeed readers said “it depends on the day,” while 32% said that they had a favorite.
26. What do you think of the Duggars?
Jenni: “The, like, 30 Kids And Counting people?”
Nicole: “I’ve never watched but I know who they are.”
Jenni: “My vagina hurts for her.”
Nicole: “How does she have all those kids?”
Jenni: “They fly out of her at this point. They just walk out, like, â€˜What’s up, Mom?'”
Nicole: “That’s crazy, man. Props to her for doing that.”
Jenni: “And they, like, still do it and stuff, I heard. She pleases her man. No, fuck that.”
SN: “She must be very horny. I’ll have what she has.”
59% of BuzzFeed readers said, “They’re nuts,” while 13% said they “love them.”
27. Do you spank your kids?
Nicole: “I spank Lorenzo a little, but not like, OWWWW! Just like a ‘cut it out’ tap. And he likes it, which is weird. He’s like, ‘Mom!’”
Jenni: “He owns you.”
Nicole: “I know, he owns me.”
BuzzFeed readers were evenly split on this one: 50% for, 50% against.