From refusing meals to being forced to wrangle them into basic hygiene, parents go through a lot every day just to keep their kids safe, healthy, fed, and clothed. And it’s a struggle!
These parents are owning up to the less glamorous parts of parenthood and Tweeting about it so that moms and dads who wonder why things are so hard don’t feel alone.
And, even better, they have a great sense of humor about the challenging parts of child-rearing.
See how many of these 75 Tweets sound familiar if you have kids.
They’ll always let you know how you look and whether something is out of the ordinary.
And they’ll do it entirely without tact.
But so is running out of hot water because you never know when they’ll decide that shower was actually a great idea.
Just agree that it’s “cool” and move on.
If your kid notices or cares that you’re not really paying attention, don’t worry – they’ll tell you!
4. The recorder
There’s really no way to make that thing sound good.
Imagine how many of those plastic torture devices are in landfills now.
Maybe we can ban them as part of a sustainability initiative.
But it’s especially easy to get fed up with it when you’re 7.
After all, there are so many better things to do.
It doesn’t matter how old your kid is, you’re always going to lose sleep over them.
They have a funny way of remarking on things.
8. Reverse psychology
Once you realize that, you can get to work banning your kid from everything you want them to do.
They think being right is a state of mind.
Come to think of it, some people never grow out of that.
And how come they can’t have the same powers of detection when it comes to looking for things they’ve lost or making sure their clothes are on properly?
Because sunrise silence is a thing of the past.
12. Meal planning
But you didn’t.
So it’s always going to be wrong.
Is it considered bad parenting to just introduce them to audio books at a young age so you don’t have to read the same vapid story 1400 times?
Now the greatest gift you can give your partner is some peace and quiet.
You might as well be back in college and trying to put up with a drunk roommate.
It’s a lot less inspiring to do so if you just have to make breakfast and break out Legos for your little ones.
17. Free time
Those were the days.
The good news is you might have some time again, someday. Maybe.
That’s why they didn’t come with a reciept.
They can turn even the most delicious piece of food into a bioweapon.
And they never wash their hands properly. Even if they did, that cleanliness would last about 10 seconds.
Then again, kids really won’t remember to fulfill their basic needs on their own.
Or just lock them up (the valuables, not the kids) for the next 18 years.
Even when you’re dead.
Next time just fill the box with shredded reciepts.
Any kid that can create their own portable cheese snack has to be worth all that effort.
And the victory is all the more sweet when they’re trying to push your buttons and you refuse to let it happen.
It’s not fun and no one starts off wanting to do it, but it’s tough to maintain all of your ideals when you’re exhausted.
Not when you’re a parent.
Now pants are the enemy.
So do you go check on it anyway if the kids are clearly still alive?
Or do you just pour a drink and remind yourself that it will still be broken later?
29. Selective hearing
It’s unclear if somehow their hearing is best under certain circumstances, but since candy is usually involved it’s pretty clear what’s going on here.
You can’t blame them for wanting a few days off every now and then.
And they can get very creative in the ways they go about it.
Everything is the opposite in toddler world!
But that doesn’t mean everyone has to think it’s cute.
That’s why no one ever feels like they’re great at this whole parenting thing.
And yes, you are required to watch.
Surviving those years requires some thick skin – and a pair of earplugs.
Don’t count on it or anything, but keep it in mind to get you through the tough times.
But at some point they have to learn, which means practice is mandatory (and spilling in inevitable).
But there are no in-between awards.
You’re either the best or the worst.
39. Generational preferences
It really is a parent’s responsibility to introduce them to the classics.
It’s still a wonder that they can just stand in the bathroom and not do the things they’re supposed to though.