No one ever said having a kid was easy, but parents will say it’s totally worth it. All of the spit up, diaper explosions, scraped knees and inconsolable temper tantrums are nearly immediately erased when you see your little ones smile.
Being a parent is one of the hardest – but most rewarding things – someone can do. These pictures pretty much sum it up.
That’s A Lot Of Flour
If you’re a parent you’re well aware that someone usually having a temper tantrum, throwing toys around a just-tidied living room, or drawing on a wall in permanent marker while you take three minutes to yourself and finally go to the bathroom after holding it for hours. Moments like these make it all worth it.
…And You’ve Dropped Her
Yes, a simple family photo is too much to ask, but someone doesn’t have to be bawling their eyes out to make it a total classic. In this picture, which all parents can totally relate to, this poor dad dropped his little girl at exactly the wrong (or right depending on how you look at it) moment.
Could every parent just admit right now that we’ve definitely dropped, bumped or accidentally bruised our babies when no one’s watching? We’re only human, and children are heavy! Don’t worry. Kids are totally resilient. This girl probably just shook it off without a problem.
Co-Sleeping is a Walk in the Park (…for Your Kid)
Co-sleeping gives your family the best sleep ever – said, basically no one but your actual child. We all know kids don’t like to stay in their own beds. Sometimes they’re scared of the dark; sometimes they just miss mom or dad. Either way, that usually results in our kids crying until they wiggle their way into three-fourths of your bed’s real estate. How is it that someone so small can take up so much darn room? We’ll leave you to contemplate that as you lie awake not wanting to wake your precious dreamer.
Literally Every Time You Go to the Bathroom
Bathroom time has always been your “me” time. How you gingerly miss the days when you could have forty-five minutes to yourself in the bathroom while catching up on your e-mails and reading the latest installment of Better Homes & Gardens. Kiss that goodbye the second you decide to pop out some kiddos. Bathroom time will now be a rushed 45 seconds between trying to wipe spit-up off your blouse and make sure your two-year-old doesn’t burn the house down if you so much as blink. If you think you’re going to get any privacy, think again. A shut door is just a door that your kids haven’t whined enough to open.
Yes, That’s Poop
Light-colored carpets are a parent’s worst nightmare. Forget about all the washable Crayola marker mayhem that can happen – your children are literally vehicles for mass poop transportation. Diapers are the only thing keeping you and your pristine white carpet from a home-ruining disaster. Seriously, at this point, we’d rather just move. We’re not sure what this little bugger was thinking, but we’re guessing momma sneezed in the time it took for this to happen.
Kids poop. And kids poop a lot. Kids also hate wearing diapers and hate getting their diapers changed. If you haven’t ever suffered at the hand of a poop-explosion, are you even a parent?
Kids love exploring and taking things apart to figure out how they work. As parents, it’s our duty to teach them about the world and encourage them to explore and experiment. Unfortunately, we don’t mean experiment with our expensive, new couch from West Elm.
Children are magic in a way. They’re the only beings who can make something explode – like a diaper or couch cushions – without so much as lighting a match. In the time it took to grab the wet wipes from the other room, these naughty children have managed to irreparably ruin the family’s living room sofa. Look at her adorable (but guilty) little face.
How Much Damage Could She Possibly Do?
If only you had one of those video surveillance-type baby monitors. Maybe a crisis would have been averted, but nope, you had to go with the standard 1980s model. She’s in her crib – what could really go wrong? It’s unclear how this demon—er, adorable, innocent angel baby—found a way to crawl out of her crib, find the finger paints, and destroy absolutely everything she could possibly reach. Yet, somehow, she did. You should be proud. This young innovator came from you. Oh, how naive you used to be in thinking that crib was a safe space.
The Bittersweet Sick Days
It breaks our hearts to see our children suffer, especially when illness rears its ugly head. Children, with their little, underdeveloped immune systems and aversion to hand-washing, seem to get sick almost constantly. It’s hard to see your baby cry in pain from sinus infections or sob as they vomit (seriously, kids are always getting stomach bugs). Unfortunately, when kids get sick, the whole family usually follows suit. What’s worse than dealing with a single sick kid is dealing with three queasy babies as you’re trying to hold back vomit yourself. At least you’re all in it together, right?
The Diaper Taker-Offer
Scientists have found a way to literally create human heart tissue from a spinach leaf. It’s pretty amazing how they haven’t managed to figure out a way to get kids to keep their diapers on. This scene is pretty typical if you’re a parent. You hear some rustling on the baby monitor during naptime and walk in to find your little one standing in the nude holding his poop-filled diaper.
We get it – being naked is freeing. Diapers are soggy, wet, itchy and uncomfortable. We wouldn’t want to wear them either, but if we were taking them off, we’d at least make sure to not get poop all over our beds. Yes, that’s fresh poop on the sheets behind this little guy.
But, It was His Birthday
By the time your kid is in junior high, he’ll be perfectly adept at shoveling piles of Totino’s Pizza Rolls into his mouth, but as a baby, prepare for even the slightest messy food to turn into a total disaster. Kids will manage to make even Cheerios an inexcusable mess of crumbs harder to rid your kitchen of than craft glitter.
Here’s the fact: if you want to let your baby eat cake on their birthday, you better wrap the whole little guy in a towel and dump him directly into the bath. It’s hard coming back from this one.
When You Forget the Extra Change of Clothes
It will be fine. You just changed his diaper and are only running out for a couple of errands. You’ve got wet wipes if you need them. What could possibly go wrong if you don’t bring that extra change of clothes? Oh, right. he could have a poop explosion out of the back of his pants that swims all the way up his back. Hey, at least you know the discount diapers you purchased did a pretty good job at keeping everything in down there; however, up there is a totally different story.
This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
It’s the digital age and our children love our devices – whether we’re passing off our iPad to get them distracted enough to chow down on some carrots and peas or we’re letting them click through our smartphones to stave off a tantrum. The problem is, kids are clumsy and destroy everything they touch, but we love them anyway.
This poor person let their adorable, budding photographer experiment with an expensive DSLR. Hey, we can give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it came that way (but it probably did not).
Say Goodbye to a Clean House
There isn’t a word in the English language that can describe the sheer terror and pain of stepping on a Lego or toy truck with bare feet. This is a horror all parents have experienced, and we know this image may trigger those deep emotional scars. The truth is, when you have kids, your house is never going to be clean again – at least until they go to college and finally move out. Thankfully, an odd sock or some building blocks strewn across the living room floor isn’t enough to cancel out the deep, unyielding love you have for them. Aren’t they just so cute?
You Said You’d Never Put Your Kid on a Leash
You really didn’t want to be one of those parents. We totally understand that, but the truth is, if you blink an eye in a shopping mall, your kid has already run away and is playing hide-and-seek under the racks of clothes at Lord & Taylor while you’re frantically calling the police. Forget about it if you have more than one rambunctious toddler. It’s a feat that you even manage to go out at all.
Cue the child leash. Every parent has thought about it. Admit it: you kind of want one.
Oh, the days when Christmastime was filled with holiday cheer! Remember quietly sitting by a fire sipping hot cocoa or walking hand-in-hand with your sweetheart while checking out all the holiday window displays? Whelp, that went out the window the minute you decided to procreate. If you can get past the 5 a.m. wake-up on Christmas morning to watch your children fervently tear apart what was left under the Christmas tree, you may even get to take a nice family photo. Of course, it’s unlikely you’re going to get all the kiddos to sit down and smile. That’s okay; you take what you can get.
It’s true that sometimes our kids look at us like we’ve got superpowers. Unfortunately, this means our children think we can do all of our household chores without needing to use our arms, hands or upper bodies. Anyone who’s ever had a toddler knows that when they get in that mood, nothing will stop the tantrum but a hug from mom or dad.
This photo is for every mom and dad who’s ever put down their little one to handle some menial task (like taking a minute to eat the food they need to stay alive), only to be met with a massive tantrum because you let them go. Toddlers are clingy, and that’s part of why we love them.
You Can’t Leave the Room for One Second
Every parent has been in this situation. You’ve finally cleaned the house, and everything seems to be in tip-top order. The kids haven’t managed to destroy anything yet and are quietly sitting around waiting for you to make lunch. You almost think for a moment that it’s too quiet – probably because it is.
Nothing good lasts forever – especially when kids move faster than a spooked cheetah. You turn around for a split second to answer the phone, and your children manage to unleash the ghosts of 1,000 scorned children who are angry their parents made them make their beds every day. Quiet time is over.
They’ll Sleep Anywhere
There’s nothing more angelic than watching your little ones take a much-needed nap. It’s the eye of the storm – that calm little moment where you’re not stepping on Legos and cleaning dirty diapers. It’s amazing how kids can fall asleep almost anywhere – the back seat of the car, your lap, on top of each other in a squished little baby crib. Go figure that when nap time actually comes around, they’re too busy throwing tantrums, ripping off their diapers, running around the house and smearing apple sauce on every surface their little hands could reach.
When Your Daughter Wakes up Like This
Kids are messy – that’s a fact. Sometimes, we’re not even sure how it’s possible to be as messy as kids actually are. If there is an orifice that can leak something, you betchya kids are going to be like a faucet — whether it’s snot, pee or even blood.
Yes, parents have a bit of a reason to be concerned if their daughter wakes up with blood smeared across her face, but in reality, you probably just didn’t cut her nails well enough. Sometimes, you have to chalk things up to a mystery and let it be.
How Sweet is the Silence
Between the screaming and crying, the puking, the food smeared all over ever surface of your home, the little bits of used crayons and permanent marker stains, there are some moments so sweet you wouldn’t want to change a thing. When your little one cuddles up with her favorite plush toy and quietly drifts off to sleep, it’s a feeling like no other. Shhh. Try not to think about how in six short hours, she’ll be running to your bed and the hectic day will start all over again. Just enjoy it while you can.