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30 Struggles All Parents Go Through

Parenting, while rewarding, comes with its share of struggles. These trials and tribulations are universal and unite us all in a common bond of solidarity. It's always comforting to know that whatever curveball raising kids throws at you, someone else has been there before (and probably taken high-resolution photographs).

30 Silence is golden but also very suspicious

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29 Sometimes man's best friend is a kid's best accomplice

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28 There's no use crying over spilled milk

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27 Sometimes you end up with a decorator who is underqualified and underaged

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26 That moment when you find yourself saying, "This is why we can't have nice things"

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25 When kids "help" in the kitchen and create more work

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24 Or when they ignore you until you start dinner and then everyone is in your bubble and they are oppressively loud

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23 When they start to get old enough to do chores, but when you look at them, all you can see is your little baby

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22 When your floor looks like this: basically a death trap

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21 Trying to get your kids to eat a balanced diet

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20 When they fall asleep in their dinner

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19 Or when they are really, really alert for dinner

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18 There's the struggle of creating magical holiday memories at Christmas time

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17 Taking a picture for the annual Christmas card where everyone is happy

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16 Making Easter memorable can be tough

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15 Halloween can be overwhelming

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14 When your kid's teacher knows trouble when it walks in

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13 When bubble bath gets out of hand

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12 When expressions of love border on vandalism

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11 When your kid becomes a walking talking encyclopedia of random facts on repeat

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10 When they just won't go to sleep

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9 When potty training isn't as fun as it appears on TV

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8 When they keep you up all night and don't let you sleep

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7 When you try to limit screen time (unsuccessfully)

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6 When you realize your biggest competition for your kid's heart is the blinking modem

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5 Deciding whether it's an appropriate moment to take a photo

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4 Teaching table manners to an unwilling pupil

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3 When they try to be independent and it's just a bit too soon

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2 When your kid falls asleep somewhere random and you know you have to move them but they are just so darn cute

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1 When you need to brush your teeth, but the sink is occupied. OK, maybe that one doesn't happen to everyone, after all

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