Parenting is no joke, and parenting full time for weeks on end while also trying to work and maintain a marriage and not go bankrupt buying groceries, well…it’s a trick that many parents are feeling that they aren’t going to be able to perform for very much longer.
Like these 18 parents, who are just barely hanging on to the end of their ropes.
18. It’s a hard lesson, I know.
Best they learn early.
My children wanted to play restaurant and are very upset because I told them my place does not allow kids
— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) May 3, 2020
17. You’ve gotta be able to have the hard conversations.
If he’s not good enough, he’s not good enough.
Homeschooling is tough. For example, today I had to tell my son he didn’t make our baseball team.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) April 29, 2020
16. I’m laughing now because next week it will be me.
Live and learn, my friend.
We’re all in this together? That’s so great to hear. My two year old just shit through our wicker patio furniture. See you in an hour, please bring a sponge.
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) May 4, 2020
15. No one could have foreseen this, though.
Not that it’s much different from regular life with kids.
Let’s get married and have kids so instead of spending quarantine binging Netflix we can tape balloons to our car and drive by some 7 year old’s house.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) May 2, 2020
14. Before all of this, you thought music was so great and enriching.
Previous you was so naive and innocent.
I didn’t think 2020 could get much worse but our 3 year old has found a harmonica and a xylophone
— ThreeTimeDaddy (@threetimedaddy) April 28, 2020
13. He will make you laugh…
Until you cry. And still, he will not stop.
That guy at the bar who laughs at all his own jokes that go on for way too long and thinks he’s way funnier than he is, but it’s my 5 year old.
— Arianna Bradford (@TheNYAMProject) May 1, 2020
12. You might as well not have gotten up.
But you would feel badly if they injured themselves. Mostly because you’d have to go to the hospital.
[LOUD CRASHES IN KIDS ROOM]
Me: what is going on in there?
[SCREAMS COMING FROM KIDS ROOM]
ME: okay that's enough *opens door*
— Divergent Mama (@Divergentmama) May 6, 2020
11. They’re so adorable, aren’t they?
Until they’re not.
5-year-old: Dad, when you were a kid, was there technology?
Me: Of course.
5: Like fire?
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) April 25, 2020
10. Not for a while, child.
Because if you break mommy’s favorite cup there will be blood.
5-year-old: When can I use the big girl cup?
Me: Which one is that?
5: The one Mom uses for wine.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) April 28, 2020
9. Don’t be jealous that she thought of it first.
Her genius is one reason you married her, after all.
We were playing “under the sea” tonight. My 3yo was a scuba diver, I was a shark, and you know who my wife chose to be? The fucking coral. So she could just sit there. Genius. Absolutely genius.
— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) April 22, 2020
8. That sounds about right.
Seriously, don’t worry about it right now.
A pandemic is no excuse for excessive screen time. Study after study has shown that electronics are harmful to young minds. I’ve made the difficult decision to limit my children’s iPad use to no more than 14 hours a day and I hope you do the same.
— Bunmi Laditan (@HonestToddler) May 3, 2020
7. I’m going to guess he probably doesn’t.
Your teacher just spared you that little detail during conferences.
I sure hope my son touches his penis less in real school than he does at homeschool….
— The Salty Mamas (@saltymamas) April 28, 2020
6. All the better to steal their identities with, my dear.
Open windows are a blessing and a curse.
I love to open my windows to let in the beautiful weather and so my neighbors can learn my kids' middle names.
— Marlantined (@Marlebean) May 6, 2020
5. This definitely sounds about right.
And nobody wins. Just nobody.
My kids asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day & I said for there to be no arguing & then they all started arguing about who would probably be the first one to start an argument.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) May 7, 2020
4. They’re eating everything so. quickly.
The kids are using up all of my mimosa juice. I hate it here.
— Arianna Bradford (@TheNYAMProject) March 30, 2020
3. Because no parent has the energy to police all of that.
Honestly. You’ve got to pick your battles.
being a parent is hearing your kids in their rooms and suddenly realizing that your own parents heard you talking all that shit in your room and just pretended like they didn’t
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 4, 2020
2. You’ve got to take advantage of those teachable moments.
Each and every one, especially if it saves you money.
We’ve been giving my 4-year-old a dollar for every time she does a chore.
She leaves the dollar in random places and forgets about it – so we’ve been using the same dollar over and over again.
You call it unfair – I call it finders keepers and teaching valuable life lessons.
— Amanda Marcotte | Mediocre Mommy (@storiesofamom) April 18, 2020
1. I guarantee she was happy for the amusement.
It’s one of the best parts of being a teacher.
My son just sang, “Boat’s n’ Hoe’s” to his elderly choir teacher on zoom so I think that about wraps up homeschool for today.
— Maryfairyboberry (@MaryJustice86) May 6, 2020
I’ve gotta say, I can sympathize!
I think it’s the not knowing when it will end that really gets you some days.
Talk to us in the comments and tell us what you think!