When you’re a parent, there is always some sort of fire that you are trying to put out. From calming down crying babies to dealing with rebellious teens, there are tons of challenges that come along with the territory. That doesn’t mean we can’t all have a good laugh about it though.
These 40 hilarious pictures and memes capture the essence of being a mom or dad perfectly. For example, not being able to have just a moment alone in the bathroom. Isn’t parenthood such a joy?
1. Letting Out Screams
Did you just get a new addition to the family recently? If so, we don’t exactly envy you. Your screaming baby might make you want to scream too. Newborns are both a blessing and a curse.
2. Loud Arguments
Even when the kids grow older, they still might make you scream. This time though it is about other things like getting them to go inside and do their homework or to stop using curse words when they speak to you.
3. Quick Nap
You will probably end up extremely exhausted too. Especially if you have a young child keeping you up at night. It means you’ll need to squeeze in a couple of minutes of extra rest whenever you can.
4. Moms Unite
Parents bond with each other over how difficult parenting can be. You’ll notice that you don’t have as much in common with your childless friends anymore. They just can’t identify with the struggle.
5. Comfortable Crib
This woman accidentally fell asleep while putting her baby in the crib. The baby, however, is still wide awake. It pretty much sums up parenting perfectly.
6. Morning Routines
Mornings before you have kids are a time to cuddle with your loved one and wake up slow. After kids, no so much… You’ll often wake up to the kids using your body as a jungle gym.
7. Sleeping In
It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, if the baby is napping then you are napping. At least, if you are lucky enough to not have anything else to do at the moment. Sleep is a huge luxury.
8. Always Awake
Although, other kids will plot to make sure that you never get to sleep in again. It just depends on the child. Some are better sleepers than others.
9. Resting Together
This doesn’t look like a very comfortable position to nap in. However, when you are super tired, you can sleep anywhere. Even on a picnic table bench outside in broad daylight with a kid on your back.
10. Half Asleep
Sometimes, you enter an almost fugue state. You aren’t quite asleep and you aren’t quite awake. Is this real life or is it a dream? That is the question.
11. Hello Dad
When you have young kids, there is always going to be a monkey climbing on you. It’s pretty much unavoidable. There is nothing you can do to stop it.
12. Leaving Now
Getting the kids out the door is not easy to do. They always end up making you late. No matter how hard you try to stress the importance of punctuality to them.
13. Bubble Hater
Some kids like getting baths and some kids don’t. It’s obvious this infant is not happy about all of the suds and water. The parents even bought a special bubble bath to try and make it more fun, but it still didn’t help.
14. Public Vs. Private
In public, you have to put on a civilized face. It’s embarrassing to have to scold your kids in front of other people. However, once you get home, that’s when the gloves can come off.
15. Eating Habits
This father knows that you have to get a bite to eat whenever you can. There’s not much time to sit down and have a proper meal. Sometimes, you have to eat on the go.
16. Tight Grip
Every mom has done this before. You grab your kid’s arm or hand extra tight to let them know that you are serious and aren’t messing around. It’s a classic parenting move.
17. Copy Cat
This little baby takes after her mom. The girl loves mimicking her mom’s habits. One day she will grow up to be just like her.
18. Alone Time
Breaks often don’t last long. As soon as you get one, your kid is bound to come running. It happens almost every time, just like clockwork.
19. Tasty Toes
Your baby will have no problem putting anything it finds into its mouth. That includes its own feet. It means that you have to be constantly vigilant.
20. Bathroom Visitor
The bathroom is about the only safe place in the house. You can get some treasured alone time in there. At least, occasionally. Sometimes, the kids will still track you down.
21. Hungry Baby
This toddler decided to eat his toy. Luckily, the parent was right there to step in and stop him. First, they had to take a picture of the little goofball though.
22. Shopping Trip
Shopping at Target solo isn’t normally a means for celebration. However, it is when you are a busy mom. It means that you get a short reprieve from parenting.
23. Dinner Time
Getting a baby to eat can occasionally be a challenge. Young kids have very picky tastes. However, if you want to keep them healthy, you have to convince them to try new things.
24. Surprising News
When you first learn that you are going to be a parent, it is a mix of both excitement and sheer terror. It feels like you’ve been stabbed by an icicle. Yet, you are oddly happy about it.
25. Floor Snacks
Even when you do get your toddlers to eat, it’s guaranteed that they will make a mess. That’s alright though. As long as they are eating, they can make a mess wherever they want.
26. Starving Kids
If they don’t like the food, that’s too bad. That’s what is on the menu today. You can’t cater to every little demand that they have or else they’ll become spoiled.
27. Crawling Around
It’s a pure joy seeing babies pass certain milestones. For example, when babies start to crawl. Some parents even buy them hilarious crawling outfits. It’s a reward for their efforts.
28. Shocking Similarities
You’ll likely be surprised by how similar you and your kid are. You might not realize it at first, but eventually, you’ll be able to connect the dots. They are following exactly in your footsteps.
29. Drawer Explorer
Once the toddlers start walking is when they really start getting into trouble. They love finding new hiding spots. They can maneuver themselves into all sorts of precarious situations.
30. Powering Through
A lot of parents also end up relying heavily on vices to get them through the day. Between the stress and the constant exhaustion, it’s hard to blame them for wanting some relief. Coffee and alcohol are lifesavers.
31. Outdoors Baby
If you don’t keep an eye on the toddlers, they might go venturing off on their own. There is a whole exciting world out there to explore. For them, everything is brand new.
32. Staying Strong
Every day can be like fighting a battle. As soon as you wake up, you better be prepared. Put on your strongest face and brace yourself for the impact.
33. First Steps
For a baby, walking for the first time can be terrifying. Luckily, Dad is right behind the youngster ready to catch him if things go wrong. It’s like walking with training wheels.
34. Spoiled Milk
Kids are always misplacing their sippy cups all over the house. When you find them days later, they can be pretty disgusting. Especially if there was milk inside.
35. Father Son Time
Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your old hobbies. You just have to be more creative about how you participate in them. Maybe your baby will enjoy your hobbies as well.
36. Three Children
Many couples these days are choosing to have smaller families. One or two children are plenty. Any more than that and things start to get a little wild.
37. Game Time
Here is another dad who knows how to combine fun and parenting. He is both supervising his baby and playing video games at the same time. Parents often become pro-multitaskers.
38. Photo Albums
Occasionally, picture-taking gets completely out of control. You want to document every step of your child’s life. Then one day, you wake up and realize that you have 10,000 photos of your child eating.
39. Cleaning Skills
Even if you are really busy taking care of an infant, household chores still need to get done. This man has a good strategy. He holds the baby in one hand and runs the vacuum cleaner with the other.