Every parent knows that no matter how hard you try to please your children, sometimes you’ll strike out.
As a result, you’re left with grocery store meltdowns, post office temper tantrums, and restaurant blowouts. These moments can make you feel like you’ve failed as a parent, but rest assured, you have not.
In fact there’s a whole Instagram hashtag dedicated to these parenting moments. It’s called #assholeparent, and it’s exactly what you need right now. The hashtag allows parents to sound off on the minuscule instances that have pushed their children into fits of rage, tears, or a little bit of both. Observe:
The hashtag allows parents to sound off on the minuscule instances that have pushed their children into fits of rage, tears, or a little bit of both. Observe:
We’ve all had this happen to us, sometimes in a public place.
Of course “no biting” warrants a crying fit. Why wouldn’t it?
How dare you not toast the bagel to absolute perfection? (cue waterworks)
How could you BE so stupid? WATER in OATMEAL? The audacity.
This one is actually true though…
The next time your child decides to have a meltdown for no logical reason, know that you have an online place where you can commiserate with other parents.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.