Let's be honest: We've all had those days when we feel like everything we do is just one big #ParentingFAIL.
Maybe we left the house without the diaper bag. Or put the wrong lunches in our kids' backpacks. Or forgot to buy the poster board for that school project due tomorrow.
Or maybe we simply drove our kid to school one day, only to finally make it to the front of the drop-off line and realize they weren't wearing any shoes.
Yup, I've done that.
Because while being a parent may be rewarding, it's not always Pinterest-perfect. Just ask Mommy Shorts blogger Ilana Wiles.
I've been following the working mom of two on Snapchat for a while now, and she certainly seems to have the whole parenting thing down, regularly sharing adorable videos of her beautiful daughters'—Mazzy, 6, and Harlow, 3— NYC adventures. But while Wiles may make it all look effortless, she's the first to admit that she's no stranger to the type of hilarious, embarrassing, and less-the-stellar parenting moments that plague us all.
So she launched an Instagram account called @AverageParentProblems in order to brilliantly showcase them.
"Instagram is full of picture perfect moms dressing their kids in adorable clothes in their flawlessly decorated houses eating healthy homemade snacks," she explained to The Huffington Post. "Average Parent Problems is an Instagram account for the rest of us. The parents who can't find the matching hair barrettes, make frozen waffles for breakfast every morning, and don't have time to clean the playroom."
It's like she knows me. Although my kids actually prefer frozen mini pancakes, but whatev.
Anyway, what makes Wiles' posts so enteraining—besides the fact that we can all relate—is that each priceless moment gets the meme treatment by way of a killer "When" caption.
For example, When you no longer need an alarm clock:
When your kids find out their new pediatrician doesn't do lollipops:
When your toddler helps put away the laundry:
When you're excited to use your brand new lipstick:
And when you find the missing Lego in the worst way possible:
That last one was Wiles very first post when she started @AverageParentProblems last spring. And man, my foot hurts just looking at that thing!
Just a year later, her account has nearly 300,000 followers. And while Wiles started off sharing pics of her own kids' shenanigans, she now invites parents to submit their own cringeworthy photos using the #averageparentproblems hashtag.
She does have one caveat, however.
"If you consider yourself even slightly above average," she explains. "This Instagram feed is probably not for you."
No problem here.