If you haven’t discovered the joy that is browsing through funny Instagram tags yet, then, let us introduce you to one of our favourite accounts – #mumfails.
#Mumfails takes us into the hilarious world of everyday moments in our lives as parents that make us think, “fail” – you know, like when you attempt to get your kids to smile for a family photo, when you drive around the block 15 times just to get your little one to sleep or when you find your toddler putting your toothbrush down the toilet.
Sure, it may seem like you’re failing at this whole parenting thing, but, just remember, failure is simply another steppingstone to greatness.
How many of these ‘stepping stones’ can you relate to?
When your Sonic the Hedgehog cake looks like this…
I know. I thought it was an Angry Bird too.
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When the washing machine ruins your life.
Socks – you will be the death of us all!
When you combine dinner and bath.
Bonus points if you also throw the dirty dishes in the bath afterwards!
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When you have to drive one handed…
…and hold on to your child’s hand with the other. Because, heaven forbid you go six blocks without touching.
When you skip a few monthly photo shoots.
Those first few months aren’t that important anyway, right?
When you don’t want to drive to the pool…
But the kids really want to go for a swim.
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When your little one takes off his nappy before falling asleep…
And you don’t want to risk waking him up.
Sleeping only in his Merino wool pyjama top. He took off both his diaper and pants before falling asleep. #momfail #nowaterproofmattresscover #merino #simplymerino #organicbabyclothes #ecobaby #diaperfreebaby #madeincanada #shopsmall #toddlerlife #lifeofmom
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When braiding hair belongs in the too hard basket.
At least she can’t see it.
When the tooth fairy had one too many drinks last night.
Nothing some extra money and a letter can’t fix.
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When you check your phone while on a walk…
And your little one ends up in the bush. Distraction at its best.
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When you let your child be in charge of the syrup.
Clearly ‘less is more’ is not a concept for children.
I made him toast and he wanted syrup to dip it in. I gave a little bit. I put syrup back in pantry on top shelf. Go to feed baby. He yells syrup is all gone. I go in kitchen and see he ate all toast but that his plate was a mound of syrup. He also proceeded to lick and drink it. So gross. Big mess. #momfail #toddlerlife #toddleryears
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When you rely on Netflix to take a sneaky shower.
You had ONE job Netflix!
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When you choose safe toys for your children…
And they opt for scissors and Sharpie pens – a classic combination.
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When you ‘accidently’ bin your child’s artwork and she finds it.
“You put Jesus in the trash”.
I’m SO guilty of not keeping all of all the 389 papers my kids do daily. Especially the 37 papers each they came with on Sunday mornings. I might have “accidentally” put today’s papers in recycle and Harper found and came stomping to me. “MOM, you threw away my craft about Jesus. YOU PUT JESUS IN THE TRASH!!!!!!” Oops. #momfail
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Some days the house remains clean, the kids are well-behaved and you manage to make a meal that the entire family eats. Most days, however, you’re going to stumble across a speed bump or two.
So take pride in knowing you are in good company. There are mums across the world folding mismatched socks, making the world’s ugliest birthday cakes and throwing crafts about Jesus in the bin.