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!

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