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.
1Crime Scene Elmo
"Dead Elmo" doesn't quite have the same ring as "Tickle Me Elmo" does.
2Red 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.
You might have a difficult time explaining this one to the doctor.
5A Nerd's Worst Nightmare
Sci-fi fans everywhere will feel the force of this dad's disappointment.
6Just Call It Penicillin
It's never too early to teach children about science experiments, right?
Me: Why do you think it's ok to *not answer* me?— Léonie Kelsall (@leehotline) April 11, 2016
12yo: Because my reply will exacerbate the argument
Me: I . . .I . . Damn.
This kid has some solid debate skills.
8But That Means...
9yo: I like kombucha. It tastes like wine. #parentingfail— barbara spanton (@_b_a_r_b_) April 10, 2016
Here's hoping this was just an educated guess.
How much play-doh is too much play-doh for a 2 year old to eat? Asking for a friend. #parentingfail— Drew (@JockpostDT) April 7, 2016
If anyone has the answer, feel free to respond. Asking for a friend, of course.
10Moms Need Sleep, Too
Snoring: it happens to the best.
I guess kids really do repeat everything they hear.
In other news, I then attempted to cut his hair. He looks like an angry lawnmower has attacked him. #parentingfail— Gill (@gillhillan) April 10, 2016
Sometimes it's best to leave things to the experts.
13Just For Kids?
Totally engrossed in ratatouille while my children play outside on their bikes.. #parentingfail— Emma Moran (@emmapomps) April 9, 2016
Who says movies made for children can't also be enjoyed by adults?
14Both Could Be True
How does my 3 year old think the words to "Mary had a little lamb" are "Harry had a little man" #parentingfail— Kenneth Andrew (@K_Jamm) April 9, 2016
Mary had a little lamb, so it's feasible that Harry could have had a little man.
15From The Mouths Of Babes
The real question is where she learned this alternate ending.
16Tots Tougher Than Teens?
This gives new meaning to the term "three-nager."
I had to give my baby a bath & when i went to scrub her toes i felt something fuzzy&freaked. I forgot to take her socks off. #parentingfail— JL Somers (@mamajlsomers) April 7, 2016
Could you imagine if they weren't socks?
18Moment Of Silence
Something tells me a trip to the pet store is in their near future.
My step-daughter just called Star Wars "Guys in capes fighting with glow sticks." #ParentingFail— Bingham Powell (@BinghamPowell) April 4, 2016
She's not exactly wrong, though.
Children are eternally full of creative surprises.
21A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
When you discover that the baby pics you dropped off for your son's yearbook were of the wrong son. #parentingfail — Tamarise Cronin (@tamcronin) April 1, 2016
Here's hoping the family resemblance is enough.
Popped glow stick made my kids glow in the dark. Changing sheets and PJs. #parentingfail— Megan S. Nunemaker (@MamaMSCN) April 1, 2016
That awkward moment when bed time becomes party time.
My two-year old and I are playing a game called "where are your shoes?" I am losing. #parentingfail— Sarah Fama (@SarahFama) March 30, 2016
There are just some games parents will never win.
24First World Problems
In a way, this conversation only creates more questions.
25Kids 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.
26How To Stay Fit
Chasing twins burns more calories than any treadmill. It's science.
27Lost In Translation
Me to 4yo: stay in yr own bed tonight. No tantrums.— Martina Mercer (@martinamercer) March 27, 2016
Husband to 4yo: what did mummy say?
4yo: blah blah she says that a LOT#parentingfail
It's like small children have this special filter in their ears whenever their parents are talking.