Children are one of the greatest joys in life. A new life begins when you start raising children and creating beautiful, new memories together as a family. However, it’s not without its challenges and compromises though.

@GotToddlered on Instagram shows the messy but hilarious reality of what happens when kids take over your life. The photos shared here contrast photos of adults in their pre-children prime with the now. Although they were once young, attractive, and without a care in the world, they now have to contend with chaotic tiny humans instead. But they see the lighter side of it all though.

Here's Bored Panda's favorite picks from the page—don't forget to vote for the funniest ones. And read on for our interviews with the experts too. I spoke with Dr. Ashley Söderlund and Nicole Schwarz on what we can learn from our children. When you’re done, check out some more times that adults got toddlered on our site here, here and here as well!

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This Doesn’t Even Need A Caption

This Doesn’t Even Need A Caption

I should literally delete every other picture on this page and replace them all with this and put “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” in my bio. My work here is done. All joking aside, this guy is a champ and a half! Giving us dads a good name!

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Queen Penelope
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2 months ago

Lol even the toughest men will wear a tutu for their daughter.

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The Instagram page has over 88K followers and was founded by Mike Julianelle, proud father of two and blogger at ‘Dad and Buried’. Mike explains how it initially got started.

It was based on a ‘ten-year challenge’ that was going around on Twitter at the time—one picture of you from before, and one ten years later. After posting his own version and making a joke about parenting, one of his followers asked if Mike would share their one too.

The page started accepting submissions and it was a big success. You can see that many people have similar experiences of their life changing by becoming a parent. There’s the dads who were tough guys, rock-stars and party animals, but have now mellowed out after gaining more responsibility. And the younger, dolled-up versions of moms who have discovered that life with kids isn’t as glamorous as before. 

#2

Toddlered

Toddlered

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Hans
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2 months ago

The look of defeat. Well considered, though, as dinner time will come and the patience will be returned by the toddler crumb by crumb.

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It’s not all bad though. Children bring so much into our lives at the same time. I wanted to learn more about what makes toddlers in particular so special.

Bored Panda spoke about this with Dr. Ashley Söderlund, a developmental psychologist and founder of the Nurture and Thrive blog. Dr. Söderlund said, "Toddlers live in the moment and appreciate the little things in life. They also wear their hearts on their sleeves. You never have to question how they're feeling!"

"All of that emotion is what makes this stage so challenging as well," she explained, "as the parts of the brain responsible for emotion regulation are still under construction in the toddler years."

We also spoke with Nicole Schwarz, a mom, parent coach, and founder of the Imperfect Families website. Her first book, ‘It Starts With You’ is a guide to parenting children with a calm confidence, and is available for pre-order now. 

Nicole agrees with this and told Bored Panda, “Toddlers see the world with a sense of wonder, everything is new and exciting. It's an explosion of growth and learning - physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally.”

#3

Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen

Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago

That bicycle is awesome. I want one!

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#4

From Rock God To Pretty Little Princess!

From Rock God To Pretty Little Princess!

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Isn't that an upgrade?

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There's big emotions for both adults and children alike. So, how should parents keep their own feelings in check when their little ones are having a meltdown?

Dr. Söderlund gives this advice to new parents: "One thing I find that helps is shifting your perspective on emotions."

"Instead of controlling emotions, acknowledge them. Emotions are not bad, nor do they need to be controlled," she explains. "When your toddler is angry that you cut their sandwich in the wrong shape, say: 'Wow, you sound mad!' Acknowledgment helps toddlers learn to label how they feel and gives them words to express themselves."

#5

From Falling Down To Lifting Up

From Falling Down To Lifting Up

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Annamagelic
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2 months ago

Massive improvement in this one.

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#6

From Grabbing Nips To Grabbing Naps. Weekends Sure Have Changed!

From Grabbing Nips To Grabbing Naps. Weekends Sure Have Changed!

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Aw, twins. This photo says it all.

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#7

From So Focused And Organized And Together To Googling “What Day Is It?” And “Can Parenthood Kill You?”

From So Focused And Organized And Together To Googling “What Day Is It?” And “Can Parenthood Kill You?”

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

It doesn't matter what day it is when a baby dictates your life and parenthood doesn't kill you. You just age a lot quicker.

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#8

Before And After Having Children

Before And After Having Children

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meh
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2 months ago

I think it's the coffee that's helping her to move on.

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#9

Before And After Having Children

Before And After Having Children

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Queen Penelope
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2 months ago

Now you know how the camel feels lol

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There’s definitely a lot of great things that kids bring into our life. Perhaps the best of all is becoming like a child again ourselves. Adults can sometimes forget what it means to have fun.

Nicole puts in well in her talk with us. “Slow down. Play is the language of kids. Be silly, sing, play!” Nicole told Bored Panda.

Dr. Söderlund also encourages us to enjoy everything that our children do too. She said "The wonderful thing about toddlers is their pure expression of emotions. The next time your toddler stops to smell the flowers, or watch a butterfly, allow yourself to slow down for a moment too. And when they express pure joy about that flower or butterfly, let that joy fill you up as well."

#10

Before: I Wanna Dance With Somebody! After: Not Like That

Before: I Wanna Dance With Somebody! After: Not Like That

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Your dance partner needs to know the steps......

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#11

From Bedroom Eyes To Butt Face

From Bedroom Eyes To Butt Face

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Works with cats too

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#12

From Prost To Toast. From German To Squirmin’. From Chug To Rug. From Bust To Dust. Do Any Of These Work? From Oktoberfest To Needs Some Rest

From Prost To Toast. From German To Squirmin’. From Chug To Rug. From Bust To Dust. Do Any Of These Work? From Oktoberfest To Needs Some Rest

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Zophra
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2 months ago

I think the second photo is beautiful and funny.

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And you can also see that kids are fun, little people. They love to play, climb and explore as part of their development in early life. And they love to do all this with their parents too.

It seems that young kids can’t go a moment without mom and dad. So, this high energy and constant need for attention can be challenging (and exhausting) at times. Parents have to ensure that their curious kids aren’t doing or eating something that they shouldn’t. There’s no doubt about it—being a parent is difficult. 

#13

Before-After-Having-Children-Got-Toddlered

Before-After-Having-Children-Got-Toddlered

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Kallen Kneeland
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2 months ago

The EXHAUSTION on her face!

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#14

He’s Not Smiling Now. And Look At The Kid Playing Dumb!

He’s Not Smiling Now. And Look At The Kid Playing Dumb!

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Full of Giggles
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2 months ago

At least he missed your mouth.

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#15

From Blissed To Pissed!

From Blissed To Pissed!

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

The cat is gonna murder someone

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Trying to get kids to see things the same way as adults is impossible. I asked Nicole why this is and she said, “Kids don't share your sense of urgency and they do not understand the importance of tasks like ‘going to work’ or ‘running errands’.”

She explains, “You understand that being late for work will make you lose your job, but in your toddler's world, there is unlimited time for play!”

#16

From Sailing Away To Lost At Sea

From Sailing Away To Lost At Sea

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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

The dog didn't sign up for that

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#17

From Running Marathons To Running After A Half-Naked Toddler Before He Pees Everywhere

From Running Marathons To Running After A Half-Naked Toddler Before He Pees Everywhere

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Sue Lynn Chan
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2 months ago

Het, at least he's practicing.........

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#18

From Duckface To Yuckface

From Duckface To Yuckface

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13
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2 months ago

Wait.... i thought duckface WAS yuckface?

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#19

This Is Literally The Coolest Cat I’ve Ever Seen. If I Were That Kid I Would Not Put Another Sticker On Him Or He Might Sit There And Take It!

This Is Literally The Coolest Cat I’ve Ever Seen. If I Were That Kid I Would Not Put Another Sticker On Him Or He Might Sit There And Take It!

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Requiem
Community Member
2 months ago

The cats more upset with being perceived as someone who drinks sour IPAs

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#20

From Camera-Ready To “Get That Goddamn Camera Away From Me!”

From Camera-Ready To “Get That Goddamn Camera Away From Me!”

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Karen Loftus
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1 month ago

Awww, you’re beautiful! God bless you 🙏🏻🕊xoxo.

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#21

Life’s A Beach, Then You Cry

Life’s A Beach, Then You Cry

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J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
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2 months ago

thank your family for your service. Can't help but notice daddy pillows.

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#22

From Sunbathing To Bear Hugging, Relaxing Changes When You Have Kids

From Sunbathing To Bear Hugging, Relaxing Changes When You Have Kids

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Jessi O'Brien
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2 months ago

he looks so tired

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#23

From Ducklips To Feetface

From Ducklips To Feetface

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Vicky Z
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2 months ago

Anything else is better than duck face honestly

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#24

From Looking Sharp To Looking Sharpied!

From Looking Sharp To Looking Sharpied!

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Dorothy Parker
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2 months ago

I hope the kids don't repeat the fun with Sharpies.

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#25

From Working It To Overworked. The Change In Footwear Tells The Whole Story

From Working It To Overworked. The Change In Footwear Tells The Whole Story

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Miss Cris
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2 months ago

We don't see the feet on the left. It could be the same shoes.

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#26

What’s The Opposite Of Happily Ever After?

What’s The Opposite Of Happily Ever After?

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Wearily For Ever More?

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#27

A Fresh ‘Do Is No Match For A Fresh 2yo

A Fresh ‘Do Is No Match For A Fresh 2yo

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Azure Adams
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2 months ago

second photo says "I have given up my identity"

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#28

She Used To Make Her Own Duck Lips

She Used To Make Her Own Duck Lips

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Madre_Dr4gnZFly
Community Member
2 months ago

Now she's got help for that!

#29

There Is No Way That’s Joshua Dellis In Both Pictures

There Is No Way That’s Joshua Dellis In Both Pictures

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mulk
Community Member
2 months ago

Peter Jackson on the right?

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#30

I Don’t Even Have A Joke. I Hate It Here

I Don’t Even Have A Joke. I Hate It Here

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Mary hesle
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1 month ago

Gross

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