What motherhood looks like on a bad day

Rock bottom parenting moments happen to the best of us. We asked mom bloggers and writers to share what parenting looks like on a bad day. The results are heartwarming, funny and totally relatable. You’re not alone.

Child wrapped in toilet paper | Sheknows.com

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Makeup disaster

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Photo credit: Run DMT

“When my daughter was three, she decided to go for a Heath Ledger ‘The Joker’ look.”

Denise Mestanza-Taylor of Run DMT


Silence is not golden

“This is what happens when it gets too quiet and there are a 2- and 4-year-old involved. I guess it could have been worse than just a little fun with mommy’s fire engine red lipstick, like the time they made an entire box of tampons disappear without a trace. Not a wrapper nor a string was found. Best I can tell, my en suite was the Bermuda Triangle of feminine hygiene products.”

Deborah Cruz of The Truth About Motherhood


Good times

Bad parenting moments | Sheknows.com

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“Being a sneaky 2-year-old looks like good times.”

Bethany Thies of Bad Parenting Moments



Mommyfriend | Sheknows.com

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“I was going through family videos and came across Little BooBoo’s 1st birthday party, a tiny family affair. Despite the intimacy of the occasion, I have this nasty tendency to get frazzled whenever I have guests in my home, and yes, this even applies to family. So there we were, getting all ready to sing Happy Birthday and Boy Wonder comes spinning into the room like a tornado, shouting and running into everything. After multiple failed requests for him to calm down, I snapped at him like Mommy Dearest… on video. I’ve had my lion’s share of shameful parental moments, but this one takes the cake (pun, anyone?).”

Lori Garcia of Mommyfriend


Never turn your back

Messy fireplace | Sheknows.com

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“I was making dinner while my 3- and 2-year-olds were supposed to be watching some Disney Junior in the living room. Making dinner is usually a cardio workout for me as I have to run back and forth to check on the kids while I cook. All of a sudden I just had a feeling — I knew they were up to no good. I get to the living room and the 2-year-old is in the fireplace while the 3-year-old is playing with ashes on the floor. Sometimes (often) I feel like I can’t take my eyes off them for even a second.”

Erin Whitehead of Fit Bottomed Mamas


Hey, whatever works

Scarry mommy | Sheknows.com

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“The secret to shopping for home accessories — bring engrossing reading material for the children.”

Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy


Nowhere to run to

baby sideburns | Sheknows.com

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“Ummm, are you kidding me? I said let’s go out for a walk and this is what she chose to wear. The only good news was if someone came along who I knew, I could save myself by ducking under that big ass dress to hide.”

Karen Alpert of Baby Sideburns


Aim and shoot

Martinis and minivans | Sheknows.com

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My almost 3-year-old has a deep rooted fascination with his penis. He likes to touch it, move it around and especially use it to pee on random objects. While playing together in his older sister’s room, I heard a scream as if someone was deathly injured. My daughter came running in from her room, screaming, “He’s ruined it! He’s ruined it!” as she started crying against my leg. I rolled my eyes, wondered what he had broken now, and walked with her back to her room. However, my mouth dropped open as soon as I saw what was happening. There, standing in the middle of the room, was my son, attempting to pee directly into the miniature potty of his sister’s Barbie Dream House. And as many young boys, or even grown men do, he was missing. Missing and hitting Ariel and Belle directly in the face.

“I tried not to laugh, I really tried. However, the sight was just too much for this incredibly sarcastic mother to bear. And so, when I was done laughing and knew it was time to discipline my son, I turned to him and said, “Sweetie, why did you pee in Barbie’s potty?” He looked at me, completely serious, and answered, “It was closer than the big potty. And look,” he said, as he pushed on the button next to the toilet, “it even flushes. I remembered to flush this time.”

Danielle Herzog of Martinis and Minivans


This too shall pass

Mamafesto | Sheknows.com

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“My son was around 18 months old and just starting to communicate with simple words and signs. He was letting us know his stomach hurt but we had no clue why. After a warm bath we helped him along to sleep hoping it would resolve itself. The next morning his complaints began again and we only had to wait a little bit longer to know why. During his next diaper change we found a dime amidst everything else. It was oxidized, so had clearly gone through his little system. Somehow, the day before he had scarfed down a dime, unbeknownst to us. I felt awful — how could I have missed him eating a dime? Thankfully it passed through without any lasting damage. And yes, we still have that dime around somewhere to remind us that even our worst parenting moments can be looked back upon and laughed at.”

Avital Norman Natham of The Mamafesto


Working mom vs. sick toddler

Working mom vs. sick toddler | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: Crystal Brown

“This is what happened to my office while I was on a call. #sickday”

Crystal Brown


Crime scene

Nail polish | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: All That Makes You

“That is nail polish on our custom cabinets and two feet up the wallpaper.”

Abbie Gale of All That Makes You


Sticker disaster

Foam stickers | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: Lillowen

“Ellie was about 2-1/2 in this photo. A friend had given us a giant bag of foam stickers, which we dumped into a bowl, and she usually used them very conscientiously, just quietly sticking them one by one to her paper. One day I was in the kitchen baking peanut butter cup brownies and came out to find this. She said she was looking for a ‘pink three.’ (The brownies were totally worth the epic mess, though.)”

Lauren Anderson of Lillowen


Mommy’s helper

Abby towels | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: Michelle Campbell

“Abby was stacking rolls of paper towels one second and the next second she was unraveling them.”

Michelle Campbell


Vitamins and minerals?

Baby eats dirt | Sheknows.com

Photo credit: All That Makes You

“Mom, the baby is eating dirt but don’t worry because he likes it.”

Abbie Gale of All That Makes You


The end of a bad day

Bad day | Sheknows.com

“This is what it looks like at the end of a bad day.”

April Woods Cary of April’s Little Family

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