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16 Parents Who Are Just About out of Patience

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Parenting can be a joy, but it can also be a trial – and there are some days when your kids just keep pulling water out of the well over and over again until you’re all but tapped out wayyyyyy before bedtime.

Those are the days I’m super thankful that we live in an age of technology and screens and the like, because I’m an advocate of accessing all of the tools if my own reservoir needs to be topped off.

And these 16 parents really seem like they could use a minute or thirty of help from Peppa, Mickey, or Ryder and the pups so they could take a few deep breaths and back away from the edge.

16. Some questions just have to be pondered.

And you don’t know for sure which ones until they hit you.

15. My kids are going to know better than to even ask me.

Because I couldn’t even help myself with my math assignment.

14. These could be the notes to many things I do every day.

I’m pretty sure we all sound like Charlie Brown’s parents to kids.

13. You have to decide what your daily threshold is for annoyance.

And yeah, outsource that to Alexa if you can.

12. That just means you don’t let them out of your sight.

Oh wait, that was already the gig.

11. She was probably busy for 20 minutes, so that’s a win.

Quiet is another, much bigger, win.

10. The answer to that one seems obvious, doesn’t it?

And yet…

9. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.

And kids that have opinions on those things.

8. All answers are good answers.

Also, this is my answer to ‘what is your favorite fruit.’

7. A little perspective isn’t a bad thing.

Neither is learning how to do math, loser.

6. Everything Is Sticky: A Parent’s Memoir

Because it is, all the time, and it matters not if you mop. You live in a frat house now.

5. Maybe that’s the style now.

You wouldn’t know, because you’re old.

4. Time to Marie Kondo your drawers.

Or make people start doing their own laundry.

3. What even are rules right now?

I mean, what’s the point of fighting the chaos?

2. It’s definitely all about perspective at this point.

The grass is always greener, I guess.

1. And then you just shrug and go with it.

Because you’re not a teacher, you’re a parent.

We’ve all been there, I’m telling you. That’s why we can laugh at these in solidarity.

What’s the moment you realized you needed to just walk away? I had one last week when my husband spilled my soda and then, before we could mop it up, the 3yo was down on his hands and knees licking it off the floor.

Yeah. Welcome to the glam life, future parents.