Parenting is not for the faint of heart, and some days are just way harder than others.
You’re tired, you’re stressed at work, your toddler is on overdrive, your teenager has slammed her third door – it can be anything, or nothing much at all, but you can end up feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing.
These 18 parents are having a rough time right now, so let’s all surround them with virtual support and glasses of wine.
18. “Don’t be a butthead” is a common refrain in our house.
I can call my kids assholes.
That’s the rule.
— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) February 19, 2020
17. Or even just something that RESEMBLES an onion.
My 3 year old, who doesn’t notice her pants are inside out or that her shoes are on the wrong feet, can spot a diced onion in her food from 3 feet away
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) February 5, 2020
16. It’s like going into battle without armor.
Thoughts & prayers for my son who thought his phone was charging overnight only to find he must go to school on 6%.
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) February 26, 2020
15. He’s just practicing for college.
I fell asleep on the couch and woke up to a bunch of toys stacked on top of me, which is the toddler’s version of drawing a dick on my forehead.
— WTFDAD (@daddydoubts) March 3, 2020
14. We ARE being quiet!
What I say: “please be quiet this is an important phone call!”
What my kids hear: BATTLE ROYALE! IT’S A FIGHT TO THE DEATH!
— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) March 5, 2020
13. Do as I say, not as I do.
“We don’t wear what we slept in out in public.”
-Me, lying to my child
— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) March 3, 2020
12. Six minutes is what you have earned with your foolishness.
My daughter woke up at 6:06 today instead of her usual 6:00 because we let her stay up 5 hours past her bedtime last night.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 29, 2020
11. Based on my own childhood, this is true.
Over 45% of parenting is just yelling "WHERE DID ALL THE SPOONS GO?"
— Divergent Mama (@Divergentmama) March 7, 2020
10. Loud, constant observations.
No one makes more observations than a child sharing a stall with his parent inside a public restroom.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) February 24, 2020
9. Asking the truly hard questions.
My 4 year old just asked why she can’t eat tacos every day and honestly, I think I’d have an easier time explaining where babies come from.
— Rhyming Mama (@sarabellab123) March 8, 2020
8. That’s the one who will take care of you when you’re old.
After I fell asleep on the couch my sweet 3 year old daughter came over, draped her blankie over me, and lovingly put a Cheez-it in my mouth. She gets me.
— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) March 6, 2020
7. I think you know the answer to that, even if you don’t want to.
Me: why are your socks wet?
Toddler: sorry mommy
Me: WHY ARE YOUR SOCKS WET?
Me: WHY ARE THEY WET?
Toddler: I love you mommy
This is not good
— Marcy G 🍕 (@BunAndLeggings) March 5, 2020
6. And that’s how they found out steam could come out of mommy’s ears.
Me: *makes 120 gazillion meals*
Husband: *makes pancakes*
Kids: daddy you’re a much better cook than mummy
— MumInBits (@MumInBits) February 26, 2020
5. They’ll keep until it comes back around.
My husband went to Costco yesterday and bought like 8 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and I predict we have two hours until the kids decide they don’t like Honey Nut Cheerios anymore.
— Arianna Bradford (@TheNYAMProject) February 10, 2020
4. Real talk from real parents.
Sorry my toddler is being an asshole, we're hoping he's working on a new milestone, but it might just be who he is now
— Not Another Pinterest Mom (@snarkymomtobe) March 7, 2020
3. The child version of “I’m starting a diet tomorrow.”
5-year-old: I'm going to be so good tomorrow.
Me: What about today?
5: I have plans.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 1, 2020
2. Never mind…
9-year-old: Can you help me with a math problem?
9: *starts reading the problem*
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 19, 2020
1. They realize we can smell it, right?
Me: Did you poop?
yes yes yes yes
yesye yes yes yes
yes yes yes yes yes
yes yesyes yes yes
yes yesye yes yes
yes yes yes yes
— Moderately Mom (@momtribevibe) February 24, 2020
I hope people are there to fist-bump me the next time I feel like it’s just never gonna be bedtime.
What’s your favorite way to reset when you’re having one of those days?
Share your tips in the comments!