Social media is filled with helpful hints, inspirational quotes and loving advice on how to be a perfect parent and raise the perfect child. But social media is also chock full of hilarious parenting fails.
And this is what we prefer to focus on.
When it comes to awkward, awful and downright awesome parenting moments, Twitter never disappoints. These are the tweets that all parents will understand, because we’ve all been there (no inspirational quotes allowed).
When your child’s breakfast request is completely rational.
Because who wouldn’t love a big bowl of soggy sultanas?
Me: "What would you like for breakfast today?"
5yo: "Ummm, Raisin Bran, but no flakes, please."
Me: "So just raisins in milk?"
— ReasonsMySonIsCrying (@ReasonsMySonCry) July 29, 2016
When your weekend golfing session goes perfectly to plan.
18 rounds of family fun.
Playing mini-golf with your family is a fun way to spend thirty-two dollars to watch your kid throw 18 tantrums in a row.
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) August 12, 2016
When you decide to take your kids camping and do some self-reflection during your time away.
And also practice your drawing skills as well.
— Katie (@hurrahforgin) June 8, 2016
When you realise ignorance is bliss.
And geckos are jerks.
When camp calls: "your child was bitten by a gecko in the Nature Center," and you didn't know geckos bit or that camp had a Nature Center.
— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) July 13, 2016
When you deserve a gold star for your attention to personal hygiene.
And oral hygiene especially.
If a 4 year old eats hand sanitizer…that just means their mouth will be super clean, right?
…asking for a friend. #parentfail
— Gjenna Saretsky (@gjenna_saretsky) July 27, 2016
When your ability to do arts and crafts revolves around toilet paper rolls.
Rocket ships. Castles. Animals. The possibilities are endless, you know, for those who can work a hot glue gun and also stand the sight of glitter.
So I’m out.
Never throw away empty toilet paper rolls. That's wasting completely good telescopes.
— The ParentNormal (@ParentNormal) August 25, 2016
When your idea of a perfect gift comes in a green box.
And it’s a mop.
Not a box of wine.
— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) August 26, 2016
When your choice in television programs takes a drastic turn for the worse.
At least it’s not Caillou. Don’t even get me started on Caillou.
— Andy @ Dads Sofa (@DadsSofa) August 20, 2016
When you go for a road trip with your kids.
And finally understand what Dante was talking about! See mums and dads – literature wasn’t completely useless after all!
We have reached the "HE'S TOUCHING ME" phase of our road trip. This is also referred to as the 7th circle of #Parenting Hell.
— Beau Coffron (@lunchboxdad) July 22, 2016
When toilet humour takes on a whole new meaning.
Even after the end of nappies, life still revolves around poop.
— MJ Leaver (@MJLeaver) August 13, 2016
When you get to practice your negotiation skills on your kids.
And you’re clearly nailing it.
"You can have it back but don't put it in your nose" #parenting in one sentence
— GIRLKNEWYORK (@MSfin_) August 8, 2016
When your child’s literary ability impresses the pants off you.
Come on, that’s just clever!
11yr old just announced instead of saying, "I have to pee" he will now say, "my pants need a fiesta." #parenting
— Sara Megibow (@SaraMegibow) August 17, 2016
When you realise that having children means you don’t even have time to track your periods.
Every. Single. Month.
Judge me not for my clothes, but on the fact that I have to take a pregnancy test every month because I don't know when my period is due.
— full metal mommy (@FullMetalMommy) April 17, 2016
And, finally, when you realise just how sad the parenting statistics really are.
You pretty much have a zero per cent chance of getting through to the kids.
Unless chocolate is involved.
Being a parent is pretty fulfilling if you like giving good advice that gets completely ignored 100 percent of the time.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) August 15, 2016
If you haven’t checked out our post on the very best 14 parenting Twitter fails from celebrities, then we highly recommend that you do! We also love the #mykidisweird hashtag, thanks to the always hilarious dad, Jimmy Fallon.
Because life with kids is fun. But it’s even more entertaining when you realise that other parents are failing just as badly as you.
(top image via Full Metal Mommy)