Last week, I saw a mom in the middle school drop-off lane still wearing her pajamas.
And the week before that, I saw a kid throwing a tantrum in public while my kid was also throwing a tantrum in public.
Each of these brief sightings kept me going for another day. That’s really all it takes.
Because parenting is hard. Really hard.
And on the really hard days, the ones where we question whether or not we’re even qualified for this job, it helps to know we’re not the only ones out there struggling.
Unfortunately, Pajama Mom and Other Brat aren’t always there when we need them.
On those days, we thank the universe for Twitter.
1. The ‘Nothing You Do Is Good Enough’ Days
*plays outside with the kids while they ran around, screamed and laughed the entire time*
Me: Did you have fun?
8yo: *shrugs* I guess
HAVE KIDS THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN
— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) January 11, 2018
2. The ‘A Plague on BOTH Your Houses!’ Days
One fun thing about having a bunch of kids is that sometimes they all get sick at once and then you get sick and nobody sleeps and everybody's miserable wait no this is bad
— F Word Fitzgerald (@muthr_goose) January 11, 2018
3. The ‘Talk In Code-She’s Listening’ Days
My 4yo is at the height of her tattletale phase, so if you need the hot gossip in any social situation, send her in.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) January 10, 2018
4. The ‘Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom!’ Days
My Mom Mom used to say "After 6pm, mom is gone. Call me Harriet."
Proving I come from a long Iine of women who are not trying to put up with their kids' shit for even one more minute.
— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) January 11, 2018
5. The ‘No, Honey, I Didn’t Know That’ Days
A wombat is a marsupial like a kangaroo, but its pouch is upside-down so that dirt doesn't get in the joey's (baby's) face when it digs – and other things my 8yo likes to tell me the very moment his eyes open at 6 a.m.
— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) January 8, 2018
6. The ‘WHY AREN’T YOU HOME YET?’ Days
I’m at the stage of My Kid has the Flu where I’m ready to cut her father if he even stops for gas on his way home tonight.
— TeeEhArrrEh (@taraparker611) January 10, 2018
7. The ‘Oh My God He’s Still Talking About Minecraft’ Days
If you enjoy trying to teach your kids life lessons while they interrupt with Minecraft facts, parenting might be for you.
— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) September 8, 2016
8. The ‘Mom, You Skipped a Page’ Days
I always make cute voices for the characters when I read books to my kids. My favorite is the one where they yawn every 10 words.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) January 11, 2018
9. The ‘You Told Your Teacher WHAT?!’ Days
Little kids are cool because they will tell you everything you never wanted to know about their parents’ personal lives.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) January 11, 2018
10. The ‘You’ve Been Begging Me To Come Here All Week for THIS?’ Days
my daughter's favorite activity at the mcdonald's playplace is attempting to gain unlawful entry to the utility closet
— Seamus O'flaugherty (@seamussaid) January 9, 2018
11. The ‘He Better Be Kidding Me With This Shit’ Days
Husband called to me tonight, “What’re you doing in the bathroom? Kids need to get in bed.”
I will make his obituary as eloquent as I can.
— Ms. Havisham (@MissHavisham) October 28, 2017
12. The ‘Mommy Needs a Timeout’ Days
Sending a child to their room is 7% wanting to teach them a lesson and 93% needing a break from them so you don’t lose your shit.
— MacgyveringMom (@MacgyveringM22) January 10, 2018
13. The ‘Totally Irrational Threat’ Days
If you’re not ready to go in 5 minutes there will be a consequence, she yelled at people who can’t tell time or know what the word consequence means.
— ParlerToddler (@Parler_Toddler) January 10, 2018
14. The ‘Hostage Negotiator’ Days
I became a parent because I love talking someone down from a hysterical meltdown because their "feet are feeling a little too hot"
— Tragic Ally (@TragicAllyHere) January 11, 2018
15. The ‘Food Shopping After They Go To Bed’ Days
A day of errands with two kids is 30% getting them in and out of car seats, 20% preventing destruction and the rest of the time wishing you hadn’t actually done this.
— Janina Maria (@dontlosethekids) January 10, 2018
16. The ‘Am I Really Arguing With My Two Year Old About Socks?’ Days
Saying please to a toddler is like being polite to a tornado.
— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) January 7, 2018
17. The ‘Not How I Imagined It’ Days
Kid: You're old.
Me: Yeah, but I can eat candy whenever I want and it only costs a constant sort of vague sadness
— keith (@tchrquotes) January 9, 2018
18. The ‘I Love Daddy More Than You’ Days
To win your kids’ affection, you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be slightly more likable than your spouse.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) January 10, 2018
19. The ‘Seriously? I Give Up’ Days
If I die, it will be due to lack of oxygen from sighing at my kids for so long.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) November 14, 2017
20. The ‘Shut The Bathroom Door’ Days
Have a son so you can get play by play commentary the entire time they're on the toilet.
— TheMotherOctopus (@MotherOctopusKJ) January 8, 2018
21. The ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ Days
My dearest toddler,
I'm sorry I ruined your life because I wanted to keep you safe and buckled you into your car seat.
— Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass) January 10, 2018
22. The ‘I Didn’t Think This Through’ Days
When my kids misbehave I like to punish myself by taking away their ability to use electronics.
— Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass) January 9, 2018
23. The ‘Ages 2 through 12’ Days
Sometimes I look at my child in amazement, and I can't help but think "Calm the fuck down, kid."
— MyMomologue (@MyMomologue) January 9, 2018
So the next time you’re thisclose to losing it, head on over to Twitter and find your tribe.
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