Scroll through social media, and you'll probably see tons of pictures from your friends with kids showcasing fun family outings, sweet candid shots, and little moments capturing the joys of being a parent. Those are all lovely, of course. But personally, I love to see pictures of real life — the ones where you're a mess, your house is trashed, and your kids are rampaging like the little girl from The Exorcist. If you've got some snaps like that to share, you'll want to steal one of these hilarious Instagram captions for pictures of your kids being naughty.
Not everyone loves the idea of posting their kid's bad behavior online, according to Salon, but personally, I find it to be kind of cathartic. Taking a super funny picture of my daughter covered in blue paint helped me laugh about the situation, despite having to settle into the very unfunny task of scrubbing the paint off her skin and my floors. Looking at the situation through the lens of my phone camera helps me put it into perspective, literally and figuratively. Parenting can be exhausting, stressful, aggravating, and more, but there's so much humor to be found in it, even when your kids seem to be doing their best to break you down.
These 13 Instagram captions will get some likes, some laughs, and most importantly, let some other parent know that their kids aren't the only little hell-raisers around.
1. "Have kids, they said. It'll be fun, they said."
2. "Free to good home."
You'll want to make sure all your Instagram friends have a good sense of humor before making jokes about giving your kids away.
"3. Kid for sale. Accepting all offers."
Likewise, you'll want to make sure your friends have a really, really good sense of humor before joking about selling your kids.
4. "Serenity Now!"
Parents everywhere will know exactly how Kim Kardashian West felt in this Instagram post of her daughter North flipping out over makeup. Kids throw tantrums over the most bizarre, trivial things, and sometimes it just makes you want to blow up like Frank Costanza on Seinfeld.
5. "Should have kept my receipt."
You can't return your kids (at least not without proof of purchase), but come on, it's tempting at times, isn't it?
6. "They're lucky they're cute."
Cuteness will make you forgive and forget just about anything in a hurry. And don't think your kids aren't using that knowledge to their full advantage.
7. "Send help. And wine."
Calling in reinforcements can be key when your kids are running wild, but uncorking a bottle of vino is sometimes an even more crucial survival tool. Substitute coffee or whatever your treat of choice is here if you're not big on drinking.
8. "I must have missed the tornado warning."
The rate at which my kids can absolutely wreck my living room is astonishing. Their powers of destruction even seem to accelerate when I've literally just cleaned up.
9. "The day are long, but... I can't remember the rest because I'm dealing with these maniacs."
The days are long. So long. Like count the seconds until bedtime arrives long. The years are short, it's true, but sometimes it's hard to remember that when you're thinking hiding in the bathroom just to get a moment of peace.
10. "Santa will be hearing about this."
Every kid ends up on the naughty list at some point.
11. "Something tells me I should call my mom and apologize."
Sometimes it feels like your kids aren't just misbehaving, their handle you a big old dose of karma for the ways in which you drove your own mom nuts. Now you get why she loves being a grandma so much.
12. "TFW your kid just DGAF."
13. "Is it bedtime yet?"
Raise your hand if you've ever found yourself counting every single second until bedtime. Oh, look, every single mom in the world is raising her hand.
Your next Insta post? A pic of your kiddo sleeping, with the caption, "FINALLY!"