There are many downsides about the internet. When it comes to parenting, one of the big ones is the shaming that goes on, now that strangers are privy to our decisions, but there’s a big upside, too – we know for sure that we’re not alone in the craziness.
These 15 parents know exactly what you’re going through today, or went through yesterday, or will go through tomorrow, because they’re going through it too – so you’re gonna love reading about other people’s problems for a change!
15. Or any musical instrument, really.
Aunts the world over have already learned this trick.
If you hate someone, give their kid a violin.
— Annie the Nanny (@AnnietheNanny1) January 14, 2021
14. “We’re still hopeful!”
“Just kidding. Sort of.”
son: was I adopted?
me: not yet
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) January 14, 2021
13. The 1980s are history now.
I’m sorry to be the one to inform you.
One minute you are young and carefree and the next minute your kids are asking for help with their history homework because you were alive in the nineteen hundreds.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) January 7, 2021
12. Having all of those arms would be helpful.
I’m just saying.
My 2yo pointed at the octopus in the book we were reading and called it dada if any of you were wondering how attractive I am in real life
— Average Dad (@Average_Dad1) January 9, 2021
11. That is not a battle worth fighting.
As long as they’re not going to die of hypothermia. Probably.
ME: you need to put on a jacket
MY KID: [frozen in a block of ice] but i’m not even cold
— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) January 10, 2021
10. Recently, it’s probably been a lot.
We all need a little kindness.
Be kind to everyone you meet. You don’t know how much time they’ve had to spend with their family.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) January 19, 2021
9. She’s gonna need a bigger bottle.
And probably a second one, too.
My son is on guitar, my daughters are on drums and harmonica, and I'm on my second ibuprofen.
— Laura Marie (@lmegordon) January 14, 2021
8. They think they invented blaming technology.
But we grew up in a time when technology actually failed on occasion.
"I emailed the teacher but haven't heard back" is the new "my dog ate my homework."
— Sweet Momissa (@sweetmomissa) January 19, 2021
7. Just brush your teeth.
The socks are your business, son.
"Take the socks off your hands and brush your teeth." Is something I'd never thought I'd have to tell anyone.
— Dadman Walking (@dadmann_walking) January 25, 2021
6. Eh, not worth arguing.
Then it will just turn into a longer conversation.
My 7 year old just showed me how she can wink. With both eyes. At the same time.
— ThisOneSays (@ThisOneSayz) January 12, 2021
5. Or a dog.
Heaven help you if you have both.
If you ever want someone to walk directly in front of you, very slowly, everywhere you go, just have a kid.
— Chelles ♊ (@WhiteGirlChelle) January 9, 2021
4. I think this just means you did your job.
Still sucks, though.
My daughter went back to college today and I texted her that I missed her so much and she texted back 2.5 hours later, “Yes.” Then, “Sorry, that wasn’t for you.”
I WAS IN LABOR FOR 14 HOURS
— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) January 11, 2021
3. I mean grownups treat this like news, too.
To be fair.
[January 6, 2021, 2:00 pm, Algebra zoom class]
Teacher: Has anyone seen the news or heard or read what’s happening in America right now?
My 15yo: Kim and Kanye are getting divorced.
— Lovely Potatoes (@robin_991) January 7, 2021
2. This kid is going places.
Those kinds of instincts can’t be taught.
6-year-old: How old do I have to be to drive a car?
6: Even if I'm cute?
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) January 7, 2021
1. Seriously, how did this become a saying?
Maybe some babies sleep, idk.
I’ve been sleeping like a baby this week!*
*waking up every 2 hours
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) January 4, 2021
It makes me feel good knowing I’m not in this alone, you know?
What’s your favorite thing about parenting in the age of the internet? Share it with us in the comments!