It may not be something you want to admit, but everyone has been there. At some point in every parent's life, there comes a moment when they completely and utterly fail. It may be something you realize instantly or something your kids point out to you years later in a therapy session. Don't feel too bad, though. As it turns out, many moms and dads have slowly but surely come out of hiding to commiserate over their perceived parenting mistakes. All you have to do is look at social media to find a plethora of parenting fails on Twitter.
In a way, it can be quite comforting to realize that raising children is just as difficult for other parents, too. Often, you are your own worst critic. So when you hear another mom or dad confess that they've biffed it a couple times and their child has survived, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that whatever you did is probably not as bad as you think it is. In fact, it might even be funny. I remember I was initially mortified, being a new mom, when I forget to have a clean diaper ready and my son peed clear across the room. But looking back, I can laugh. And hopefully you will, too, after checking out these top parenting fail tweets.
1. Crime Scene Elmo
"Dead Elmo" doesn't quite have the same ring as "Tickle Me Elmo" does.
2. Red Is Your Color
It's amazing how quickly toddlers can get into things, isn't it?
Even the bathroom has lost its private status once you have kids.
4. Worker's Comp?
You might have a difficult time explaining this one to the doctor.
5. A Nerd's Worst Nightmare
Sci-fi fans everywhere will feel the force of this dad's disappointment.
6. Just Call It Penicillin
It's never too early to teach children about science experiments, right?
7. Future Lawyer
This kid has some solid debate skills.
8. But That Means...
Here's hoping this was just an educated guess.
9. Play "D'oh!"
If anyone has the answer, feel free to respond. Asking for a friend, of course.
10. Moms Need Sleep, Too
Snoring: it happens to the best.
11. Copy Cat
I guess kids really do repeat everything they hear.
12. Cutting Corners
Sometimes it's best to leave things to the experts.
13. Just For Kids?
Who says movies made for children can't also be enjoyed by adults?
14. Both Could Be True
Mary had a little lamb, so it's feasible that Harry could have had a little man.
15. From The Mouths Of Babes
The real question is where she learned this alternate ending.
16. Tots Tougher Than Teens?
This gives new meaning to the term "three-nager."
17. Close Encounters
Could you imagine if they weren't socks?
18. Moment Of Silence
Something tells me a trip to the pet store is in their near future.
She's not exactly wrong, though.
20. Art Project
Children are eternally full of creative surprises.
21. A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Here's hoping the family resemblance is enough.
22. Accidental Rave
That awkward moment when bed time becomes party time.
23. Playing Games
There are just some games parents will never win.
24. First World Problems
In a way, this conversation only creates more questions.
25. Kids Are Strange
You'll never know what new and exciting things your kids will discover about what their body can do—like the ability to hide cake crumbs.
26. How To Stay Fit
Chasing twins burns more calories than any treadmill. It's science.
27. Lost In Translation
It's like small children have this special filter in their ears whenever their parents are talking.