11 Instagrams that will make you feel a whole lot better about your parenting skills

Let’s see what parenting is really like.

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  • There's something to be said about having a pretty Instagram post that lets all your followers know you kids are dressed impeccably and go to bed at a reasonable hour...but how relatable is that? Parenting is all about the snack time struggles and the victory of bedtime, which doesn't make it onto social media enough. Yeah, we like seeing pictures of pretty beaches and ideal parenting, but we want to see messy (and relatable) kitchens more.

  • Being a parent gives you a lot of material for your Instagram account and these 11 accounts highlight only the best parts of raising kids all while giving you a little more confidence to get up and parent today:

  • @livefromsnacktime

  • Ever want to publish the "Where did he come up with that?" phrases you hear from your kid? That's exactly what this Instagram account does. Scroll through the wacky and sometimes strange things kids say and know that at least your kid isn't all that weird.

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  • @babysideburns

  • Run by a "real life" mom, this Instagram account's bio says "My kids think I'm the #1 mom on earth, and that's all that matters." That being said, this account has some pretty hilarious snapshots of less than #1 situations.

  • @averageparentproblems

  • This account is the epitome of relatable and really covers it all, from meltdowns to messes. Look familiar?

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  • I think this pic might actually work on all of us. #averageparentproblems photo: @lirpalylo

    A photo posted by Ilana Wiles (aka @mommyshorts) (@averageparentproblems) on

  • @mykidcanteatthis

  • You are not alone in the snack time struggle. Apparently, tons of kids can't eat "broken" graham crackers, bananas that are already peeled or the "green bits" in the pasta.

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  • @kidsaretheworst

  • Okay, kids aren't actually the worst, but sometimes they come pretty close. This account records all the terribly hilarious things that happen to kids and parents alike. Think lipstick on suede, two dozen eggs cracked into the carpet and tantrums in Target. Oh, the joys of parenting.

  • What I'm going to suggest the next time my kids say, "I'm bored." #MrSandmanBringMeNaptime #kidsaretheworst

    A photo posted by Anna Macfarlane, @ahhnnab (@kidsaretheworst) on

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  • @mommabeargrylls

  • Want relatable and spontaneous parenting pictures? Look no further than Momma Bear Grylls. Her cute little girl finds herself in classic kid situations, like eating cereal off the floor and creating an ocean of Legos for mom to pick up.

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  • @fashiondads

  • If you ever feel like you've embarrassed your child as a parent, scroll through this account. At least you've never matched with your sheets, right?

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  • @howtobeadad

  • Be sure to read the captions on this hilarious Instagram that gives you all you need to know about being a dad.

  • "They're playing together so quietly."

    A photo posted by HowToBeADad.com (@howtobeadad) on

  • @womenirl

  • Run by the folks at the magazine Real Simple, this account gives us a glimpse into the unfiltered struggles of being a women. When you finally have the time to enjoy your coffee and you've found it not only cold, but with a sock at the bottom, you can relate to these hardships.

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  • "Help yourselves boys!" —@thebakermama #womenirl

    A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on

  • @officialnickmom

  • Though this account has been discontinued, there are still some gems to remind you that you're doing okay as a parent.

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  • “Mommy, just leave me alone and let me wear this, okay?” #InstagramTakeover by @blairkat #LifeOfANickMom

    A photo posted by NickMom (@officialnickmom) on

  • @pinterestfails

  • Okay, so not all of these fails are done by parents but a quick scroll through some of these disasters inspires you to never craft again. Do you feel the pain of the kids of these Pinterest-Wanna-Be moms?

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Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.

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