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.
8: mummy if you invented a new deadly spider what would you call it?
— MumInBits (@MumInBits) April 15, 2020
15. My kids are going to know better than to even ask me.
Because I couldn’t even help myself with my math assignment.
Child: Can you help me with my math assignment?
Me: Yes I can.
Child: [hands me paper]
Me: No I can’t.
— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) April 14, 2020
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.
My 8-year-old’s history notes: pic.twitter.com/7TjCpWJ5kB
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) April 15, 2020
13. You have to decide what your daily threshold is for annoyance.
And yeah, outsource that to Alexa if you can.
Normally I would get annoyed with my kids asking Alexa one thousand questions but they’re not asking me so basically it’s the best day ever
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) April 2, 2020
12. That just means you don’t let them out of your sight.
Oh wait, that was already the gig.
My toddler just asked how to make her brother stop breathing so if anyone needs a lead on a future contract killer hit me up
— Mom On The Rocks (@mom_ontherocks) April 15, 2020
11. She was probably busy for 20 minutes, so that’s a win.
Quiet is another, much bigger, win.
Last week my 5YO got to choose a special treat, and she chose to give me a new hairstyle pic.twitter.com/zSnsS1gL2r
— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) April 15, 2020
10. The answer to that one seems obvious, doesn’t it?
My 6yo just asked me if he could be homeschooled forever.
I was not prepared for this plot twist.
— The Salty Mamas (@saltymamas) April 15, 2020
9. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.
And kids that have opinions on those things.
My 7yo just saw a cutting board in the kitchen and said "What's that?" if you're wondering how often I cook.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) April 13, 2020
8. All answers are good answers.
Also, this is my answer to ‘what is your favorite fruit.’
I’m not saying our healthy lifestyle has deteriorated under quarantine, but I just asked our 5yo what his favorite fruit is and he answered “sausage.”
— Dad on my Feet (@dad_on_my_feet) April 15, 2020
7. A little perspective isn’t a bad thing.
Neither is learning how to do math, loser.
When my son failed a math test before March 1, 2020:
“Did you not study? Are you not paying attention in class? Do you need a tutor?”
When my son fails a math test today:
“Welp, buddy, we did our best.”
— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) April 15, 2020
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.
My new favorite hobby is asking my kids the same five questions every day
Why are you crying? Where are your clothes? Who did this? Why is this sticky? Why are YOU sticky?
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) April 15, 2020
5. Maybe that’s the style now.
You wouldn’t know, because you’re old.
Today our 6yo surprised us by cutting her 3yo brother’s hair and I have no idea what she was thinking but if she was going for a ‘cheap scarecrow/hillbilly after a drunken fight with a lawnmower’ look then she fucking nailed it
— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) April 12, 2020
4. Time to Marie Kondo your drawers.
Or make people start doing their own laundry.
After folding all of the clothes I can only assume that I have 7 children and two husbands that I was not previously aware of.
— Professional Worrier (@pro_worrier_) April 13, 2020
3. What even are rules right now?
I mean, what’s the point of fighting the chaos?
Me: What do you want for breakfast?
Me: No we can’t ha…wait
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) April 2, 2020
2. It’s definitely all about perspective at this point.
The grass is always greener, I guess.
People without kids during quarantine: “What ten hobbies should I pick up?”
Parents: “This 5 minutes to myself from 10:55-11pm has been really nice.”
— RebeccaMcDonald (@R_McDonald91) March 23, 2020
1. And then you just shrug and go with it.
Because you’re not a teacher, you’re a parent.
Hubs: Ok boys, pick a number 1-4
3 year old: Lion Gaurd!
5 year old: 5!
So yes, homeschooling is going quite well.
— Momsense Ensues (@momsense_ensues) March 25, 2020
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.