“We wanted to take some pictures of our dogs. It went pretty well.”
Birthdays, weddings, retirements. Every happy occasion needs a cake! Well…let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Internet’s foremost experts in pastry failure, Cake Wrecks, have dug up this gallery of celebrations you wouldn’t think need their own cake. For some people, gathering together in a group larger than two is reason enough.
Toddlers have a knack for saying the unexpected. As they begin to figure out language, sometimes the things they say can verge on poetry. Parents everywhere enjoy their kids’ weird sayings, but illustrator and father of a two-year-old Martin Bruckner brings them to life with a series of bizarre and often funny drawings. You can check them out here and on Bruckner’s Facebook page, Spaghetti Toes, which was inspired after overhearing his wife tell his daughter not to put spaghetti between her toes. (Who hasn’t wanted to do that?)
As most parents can attest, the table is one of the main battlegrounds in the parent-child relationship. Some kids just refuse to eat certain things, often for the weirdest reasons, or even no reason at all. For example, if we were having applesauce, I needed it served in a separate dish. If applesauce were on my main plate, seeped over to my burger, and soaked into the bun, mealtime was OVER.
Parents can try negotiation, compromise, bribery, subterfuge, threats, or outright begging, but whatever the outcome, everyone’s stress level is going to be elevated. Thankfully, the blog Mommy Shorts is here to help. They asked parents to supply their kids’ oddest and most frustrating eating restrictions, and the results are hilarious. If you’re a parent, or a child, or a former child, you’ll find something familiar here.
London-based Dad Simon Hooper leads a busy life with four daughters under 10–including one-year-old twins. On his Instagram page father_of_daughters, he chronicles the day-to-day difficulties of parenthood.
Already an operations director for a U.S.-based management consultancy firm, Hooper explains that being a parent is like having many different jobs at once. “A handy man, taxi driver, swimming instructor, tutor, chef, counsellor, human climbing frame, bank, personal shopper and PA,” he told the Huffington Post.
His wife Clementine also documents their parenting adventures on her Instagram account, mother_of_daughters.
“In general my whole account is to show a realistic view of what parenting is like from a parent’s perspective,” he said. “There is way too much sugarcoating when it comes to parents, so I wanted to share what it’s really like and provide a bit of humor at the same time.”
His goal is to help parents feel like they’re not alone, and hopefully make them laugh along the way. Check out the gallery for his hilarious photos and musings on parenthood.
Parents will tell you that the love they have for their children is the strongest feeling imaginable. But that doesn’t mean parenting is without lots of frustration along the way. In that spirit, the Instagram page Kids Are The Worst chronicles the epic, hilarious, and weirdly impressive messes children can get into–and that can leave Moms and Dads collapsed in a puddle of their own tears. The page has amassed over 280k followers, so clearly lots of parents can relate to these less-than-glamorous moments. Feel free to have a laugh at the ensuing destruction, but don’t forget KATW’s important reminder that once, all of us were the worst, too.
Here at AFP we love celebrating parents who prank their kids, but today the shoe is on the other foot. Liz Hammett has a loving Mom who sometimes tends to be gullible, a mischievous sense of humor, and seemingly inexhaustible appetite for messing with her mother. In a gallery of screenshotted text messages originally posted to her Facebook page, Hammett employs all manner of trickery to get her Mom’s goat, and we all benefit. Technology really does make everyone’s life better. Well, it might make things a bit worse for Mom, but she seems like a good sport about it.