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11 Times toddlers make their parents feel like total A-holes

Rebecca Bracken is a news and views writer.






Social media hashtag gives toddler parents a place to confess their failures

There's just nothing like being the parent of a toddler to remind you on the reg what a gigantic loser you are.

It doesn't matter how much care and ceremony you put into anything, it rarely meets the expectations of those little people between the ages of 1 and 3 who stumble around like drunken tyrants with major attitude.

You are such a big disappointment.

Kristen Howerton who blogs at Rage Against the Minivan has started the #AssholeParents Tumblr and Instagram where parents can share their own failures in the eyes of their toddler, and the results are hysterical.

1. Like when you have to leave Target

We have to leave target... #assholeparent (via edencanteven)

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2. Or prevent them from assaulting their siblings

I wouldn't let her stick a plastic straw in her sister's ears so I'm an #assholeparent. (via @timpaluch)

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3. Or making a huge mess

I wouldn't let her put her toys in a milk-filled cereal bowl. #assholeparent (via @jody5252)

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4. You can't win by giving them what they want

She wanted a pony ride so I'm an asshole. (Via @candiceboldt)

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5. Or even taking them to the "Happiest Place on Earth"

I asked him to smile in the happiest place on earth so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @uptownmomlife)

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6. You're a complete failure as a hair stylist

She wanted her ponytails "rolled" (????) so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @kristenhowerton)

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7. And officially the worst DJ ever


8. You can't even get the simplest lunch order right... Ugh!

There was a tiny piece of cilantro in her burrito so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (repost @kristenhowerton)

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9. Don't argue... of course the cat likes to take a bath!

I won't let her take a bath with the cat so I'm an asshole. #assholeparent (#Repost @alisonvotraw)

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10. You won't let them experiment with power tools

Meltdown because daddy won't let me play with the drill. #assholeparent (Repost @aktyminski)

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11. You promised the moon and stars and you've even failed at that

Much rage and disappointment due to the fact that I'm not making the moon come back. #assholeparent (Repost @colleenwragg)

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Glad these toddler parents have found a way to cope with the fact that they're completely incompetent. #AssholeParents is the rallying cry of a frazzled, tired few just trying to keep everyone happy. Good luck with that. Anyone else need a glass of wine?

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