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This collection of all-too-real mom memes hilariously captures the reality of motherhood.

Is there any better fodder for humor than motherhood? Nope.

One of the perks of having kids is getting to join the Mom Solidarity Club, where all we do is laugh maniacally in the face of sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts, and kids building booger forests on their bedroom walls.

Your toddler asked for the blue cup and then cried because you gave him the blue cup? HA!


Your kid can't seem to find the trash can that sits six inches from where they always leave their wrappers on the counter? HAHA!

You got woken up by a hungry baby at 1:00am, by a kid with a nightmare at 2:30am, and then by another kid at 3:45am because they wet the bed? BWAAHAAHA! WAAAAAAAAHHAAAHAAAA!

(There's a fine line between laughing and crying as a mom. You learn to roll with it.)

These mom memes have been shared more than 175,000 times because they are just. too. real.

Emma Bea shared a perfectly curated collection of mom memes on Facebook, and moms are sharing them left and right. There are loads of memes out there, of course, but rarely do we see so many that so perfectly capture the reality of motherhood all in one place.

For example, the universal truth that having kids means you'll won't be able to pee in peace for years.

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Or how you feel—and look—like you've been through battle at the end of a full day of parenting.

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How about when you decide you're a hairdresser because even though you have no hair cutting training, you also have no money?

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Oh, you want to have a lengthy, meaningful phone conversation? Gonna have to wait til graduation, Janice.

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But seriously, who invented onesies for squirrelly toddlers? BEND THE KNEE. No, the ANKLE. No, the OTHER WAY.  GAAHHHH.

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That toddler blue cup thing I mentioned? Oh, it's real.

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Uncanny, right? It's like someone has put a secret camera in our homes and captured all of our daily parenting challenges.

Oh, and there's more.

Awwww, baby fell asleep on your chest? Now you're stuck there for two hours unless you have the smooth dexterity of a bomb technician and the stealth powers of a ninja.

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And after the five dozenth meal our kids refuse to eat, don't we all turn into The Beast?

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They won't eat their food. They never seem to hear you when you call them. But as soon as you start to open a candy wrapper anywhere in the house, they suddenly have bionic hearing and insatiable appetites.

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Me, on the car ride home: "STAY AWAKE, KIDDO! NO, DON'T FALL ASLEEP!!! LA LA LA LA LA!!!" *Rolls down all the car windows.* *Throws things into backseat.* *Squirts kid in face with water bottle.*

Kiddo: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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Sometimes there might be just a teensy bit of petty in our parenting game. It's called karma, kiddo.  

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What? I have no idea what happened to your super annoying, make-me-want-to-poke-my-ears-out toys, darling.

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Let's talk about how things that were so simple before kids suddenly became colossal feats after kids.

Like, say, leaving the house alone. Never underestimate the glorious liberation of a mother going to the store without her children. It's practically a spiritual experience.

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Same goes for the elusive shower where no children come knocking on the door because they want a snack or their brother pushed them or they need to poop.  

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Before you have kids, holding someone's hand was such a basic concept. Like, why is this so hard?

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Or, you know, sleep. One of the most fundamental human needs, which you will never ever take for granted again.

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And for those who suggest that you get more sleep by cosleeping? Yeah. Been there done that.

Wasn't that good fun? Thank goodness for mom humor. On some days, it's the truly only thing that keeps us from losing our everlovin' minds.

Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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Tea time: how this boutique blends cultures from around the world

Ethically sourced, modern clothes for kids that embrace adventure, inspire connections and global thinking.

The Tea Collection combines philanthropic efforts with a deep rooted sense of multiculturalism into each of their designs so that kids can grow up with global sensibilities. They make clothes built to last with practicality and adventure in mind. But why "Tea"?

Let's spill it. Tea is a drink shared around the world with people from all different cultures. It is a common thread that weaves the world together. The Tea Collection was born from a love of travel and a love of sharing tea with different people in different places. Inspired by patterns from around the world, these clothes help children develop a familiarity with global communities.

Tea sources their materials ethically and ensures that each of their partners abide to strict codes of conduct. They have a zero-tolerance policy for anything "even slightly questionable" and make sure that they regularly visit their manufacturing partners to ensure that they're supporting positive working conditions.

Since 2003, The Tea Collection has partnered with the Global Fund for Children and has invested in different grassroots organizations that create community empowered programs to uplift kids in need. They donate 10% of their proceeds and have already contributed over $500,000 to different organizations such as: The Homeless Prenatal Program (San Francisco, CA, USA), Door of Faith Orphanage (Baja California, Mexico), Little Sisters Fund (Nepal) and others in Peru, Sri Lanka, India, Italy and Haiti.

But the best part about the Tea Collection? They're also an official member of the Kidizen Rewear Collective, which believes that clothes should stretch far beyond one child's use. They have their own external site for their preloved clothes that makes rewearing affordable. Families can trade in gently used Tea clothes and receive discounts for future products. Shopping the site helps keep clothes out of land fills and reduces the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

By creating heirloom style clothing made to last families can buy, sell, and trade clothes that can be reworn again and again. Because "new to you" doesn't always have to mean never been worn. And let's be honest, we all know how fast kids grow! Shopping preloved clothes is a great way to keep styles fresh without harming the environment or feeling guilty about not getting the most out of certain styles.

But don't just take our word for it! Head over to the Tea Collection and see for yourself!

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