Parenting is hard. There is no way around it. Pre-children people may imagine themselves doing crafts, singing songs, and exploring the library with their still unborn children. Then they have a child and reality hits. Children take parents to the edge of their sanity and then push a little harder. Humor seems to be a common thread amongst parents dealing with the daily challenges of helping small human beings turn into responsible adults.
Social media has allowed parents to share their tears, frustrations, and laughter. An ongoing list of funny parent tweets shows just how ridiculous and universal the struggle for sanity is. Take for example a tweet from @sarcasticmommy4, “If my kids could just do what I say & stop complaining about every single thing, I could be the parent I always wanted to be.” Food, clothing, television shows, the air they breathe—kids will complain about anything.
If they’re not complaining, they’re fighting with a sibling. As @R_A_Dadass tweets, “I wish I loved anything as much as my kids love to fight over whose turn it is to push the elevator button.” Children will fight to tears over who gets the last cookie let alone an elevator button. Playing referee is par for the parenting course. There’s no way around it.
As parents muddle through, they reach important milestones, “I’ve reached the stage of parenthood where jeans are my fancy pants.” (@ramblinma) and have epiphanies, “Cargo pants are basically just dad leg purses.” (@Dadpression). It’s an exhausting journey, but through it all, parents discover that, while parenting is hard, it is worth it. The moments of joy appear while quietly reading a book together or lying on the grass looking for shapes in the clouds. They can be few and far between, but they are there. In the meantime, laughter can carry parents through to the next ‘aha’ moment of happiness.