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These 'Average Parent Problems' Are Everything Right Now

Diply 3 Jul 2018

Whipping up cupcakes for bake sales might not be your thing... and you’ve likely given your kids fast food for dinner more than once in the space of a week. Not many of us are perfect parents, but we’re probably not the worst parents either. We’re the average parents.

And now, there’s an Instagram account celebrating the adventures and misadventures of the average parent, which is taking social media by storm…

If you're tired of Instagram accounts that portray parenthood as stylish, serene and, well, cleaner than your own experiences, you need to check out Average Parent Problems on Instagram.

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Mommy blogger and mother of two, Ilana Wiles, has created an Instagram account (@averageparentproblems) that celebrates the everyday achievement and failures of average parenting.

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And if you have children, you'll recognize them all.

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Maybe you are a mother who is baffled by what their children think their dad is for.

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Or, you've never understood just how many ways a simple instruction can be interpreted.

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Or maybe how the simplest occurrences can bring insurmountable joy.

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When you know how it feels to discover toast shoved into your CD drive, pages ripped from an expensive coffee table book, or permanent market scribble on the furniture.

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When tidy is a concept you remember from a time long long ago.

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And when the kids leave restaurants and hotel rooms in the style of Mötley Crüe.

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Yes, when you have kids it is possible to work from home.

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Of course all the work involves trying to stop the kids trashing the house/physically harming each other or the pets/making a snack they will actually eat.

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You might know how it feels when your kids turn you into criminals.

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When you haven't yet learned the golden rule of child-wrangling...

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Children are like the ocean — never turn your back on them.

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When the mention of "peace and quiet" can have you simultaneously sobbing and laughing maniacally. 

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When you have at least once been totally creeped out by your baby.

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When the difficulty of getting them dressed is only surpassed by the difficulty getting them to stay dressed.

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But what Average Parent Problems really teaches us...

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...is that while it can seem like everyone around you has it together, you know there there are moms everywhere, wrangling a kid mid-tantrum while gently explaining to another why putting jelly beans in your ears is a bad, bad idea.

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