Parenting can be as hard as it is fulfilling.

Having kids means you’re diving into a world full of love. But you’ll also rarely know exactly what’s ahead.

In honor of embracing the madness, here’s a collection of the sometimes sweet, sometimes silly, but always very real moments that make up the day-to-day life of parents:

1. Love in the aftermath of birth.

2. It can get messy.

3. And downright dirty.

Dad life. #babypoop #dadlife #adventuresinparenting #fatherhood @moderndaydads @moderndaymoms @bdminor

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4. You have to give it all you've got.

5. That awkward moment when babies attack.

6. Multitasking is a way of life.

Gender roles? What's that? | "You can still love your man and be manly dawg." #sollybaby

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7. All day...

The joys of motherhood! #reallifeparenting

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8. ...every day.

Talk about feeding anytime & anywhere. "That moment when you're getting married and your baby gets hungry ;) feeling SO proud of myself! Fighting that good fight! ❤️"

Posted by Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

9. Little victories are big deals.

10. Disasters are inevitable.

My life... #toddlerlife #birthdaygoodiebag #whyme #paintisnotmyfriend #imgoingtokillkate #reallifeparenting

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11. Naps can happen anytime, anywhere.

12. Discipline can require creativity.

13. Their fashion choices are questionable.

Watching a toddler try to dress herself without jumping in to help is prolly one of the hardest things I've ever had to do...

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14. It may feel like they're growing up too fast.

She did this!! Asked me to put them on then tried to zip it up 😂....lord help me! #shoeaddict #stevemadden #highheels #

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15. But those tender moments prove there's no bond like this one.

I was debating whether or not to post this, but this is real, raw, and one of the absolute worst parts of Motherhood...

Posted by The Barefoot Mum on Monday, April 18, 2016

Jerry Seinfeld once said, “A 2-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it.”

These photos prove that he was 100% right. There’s no way to truly prepare for what it takes to be a parent, but the parent-child bond is unlike any other. Here’s to you, parents!

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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