This is it, folks, Bored Panda’s final list of the year, collecting the very best of the best, the crème de la crème of parenting tweets made in 2020. And what a year it’s been! Parents have had so many challenges this year and were forced to adapt to a whole new life like never before.

If being a mom or a dad wasn’t challenging and fun in itself on any regular day, the global Covid-19 pandemic drastically changed everything. Parents learned how to work from home and take care of their kids during lockdown all at the same time, scratched their heads whenever Zoom lessons wouldn’t work right, and had to juggle keeping their munchkins entertained and finding enough time for themselves. And that’s on top of kids being kids!

Don’t believe us? Scroll down and have a look. Upvote your fave parenting tweets as you go along and let us know in the comments what your biggest parenting challenges and funniest moments were this year! When you’re done, check out our previous parenting tweet posts here, here, and here, as well as here.

Anita Cleare, parenting expert and author of ‘The Work/Parent Switch,’ explained to Bored Panda that there's absolutely no doubt that children will have very strong memories from 2020. "This year will stick out in their minds as unique and different. But rather than focusing on the hardships, think about what alternative happy memories you could create this Christmas," she said. Read on for our full interview with Cleare and her wholesome insights about how to create a memorable Christmas for your kids this year, as well as how to handle both work from home and taking care of your children.

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Bardhi's Dad
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10 months ago

He is so cute!

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Bardhi's Dad
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10 months ago

What a sweet rebell!

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Hans
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10 months ago

According to Instagram you would still be an underperformer as you did not use the other 23 hours of that day to get rich, famous, and beautiful. After ticking off five other travel countries from your bucket list, of course.

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Parenting expert Cleare gave us some incredibly wholesome ideas on how to make this Christmas season memorable for our kids: "Children love twinkly lights, so why not camp out under the Christmas tree one night? Or create a magical elf trail using fairy lights. Or make the house dark and eat dinner by candlelight. We might not be able to have a normal Christmas but we can still create a Christmas that is special and memorable for our children."

What's more, you should stop aiming for perfection. It's best to have realistic expectations about what Christmas will be like. "Your children are not going to transform into perfect angels just because it’s Christmas Day. The excitement of Christmas can be overwhelming for small children and this is a stressful time. It’s ok if there are sad moments and down times. But allow the emotions to pass quickly and look for ways to distract everybody into an activity," Cleare advised.

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Ginny Weasly
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10 months ago

Ouch

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Watching
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9 months ago

A. Men.

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LeiLah
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9 months ago

We're in same boat. My dad, PaPa (77) does half the day and my mid-70's MIL does the other half - watching our toddler twins. One of the twins kept "adjusting her hearing aid" - mimicking PaPa. And both of them wanted glasses (we popped the lenses out of some toddler sunglasses) to "read" anything. There were a few others like this. Sadly, they've outgrown it all now though.

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Bored Panda also wanted to get Cleare's take on how parents should juggle work from home and taking care of their children, what with more and more people being told to stay home because of tightening lockdown regulations.

"Working from home has many advantages but it also creates challenges. Working parents can find ourselves constantly flitting between parenting and working and never feeling like we have actually finished anything. Or trying to do both at once (a toddler in one hand, a phone in the other) and feeling like we are failing at it all. So cut yourself some slack."

According to Cleare, it's a tough situation to be in, so the best you can expect is... doing your best. What's more, honesty helps a lot. So be upfront with your coworkers and your clients about how you have to balance work and family life. "The vast majority of colleagues and clients will be totally understanding of your situation. At the beginning of a conference call, explain that you have a little one in the house. Then, if/when you get interrupted by a request for attention, help, biscuits (or anything else!), you’ll feel a lot less stressed."

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Hans
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10 months ago

...too late

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Lyra Sis
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9 months ago

I needed this laugh today

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Angela B
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10 months ago

I have gotten to the stage where I ask "does this require a kiss or an ambulance"?

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Previously, Bored Panda spoke to Cleare about staying positive as a parent, overcoming challenges, and avoiding the trap of trying to be ‘perfect.'

According to Cleare, trying to be a ‘perfect’ parent is bad not just for us but for our kids, too because it “sets everybody up to fail.”

That’s because if you raise the bar so high you can’t even see it anymore, you can’t really succeed, now, can you? That’s why you should aim for being ‘good enough’ instead of ‘perfect.’

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Hans
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10 months ago

This indeed is a cartoon-worthy quote

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Hans
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10 months ago

Wait for them to return with the water spray can to "extinguish".

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あんぱんまん
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9 months ago

even i need to ask this from my school....

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“Great parents make mistakes but they try to learn from them (and not to repeat them too often!),” Cleare said, adding that failing in ways that your children can handle boosts their independence gradually and is, overall, good for their development.

Above all, no parent can take care of their children well if they’re chronically exhausted, starving, and burnt out. So taking care of yourself is a priority. Parenting expert Cleare stressed that parents putting themselves last benefits no one. Remember to take frequent breaks and practice gratitude to keep your spirits up when things get tough. Let’s just hope that 2021 cuts us some slack.

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Persephone
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10 months ago

Smart

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Neon
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10 months ago

Same ...My dog has never cried because he can't open the food can from the bottom side

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Tara Brooks
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10 months ago

Super cute and memorable photo

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Lyra Sis
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9 months ago

I was getting in the shower and my son was around 4. He noticed my hair and had 50,000 questions, Does it hurt? Will I have hair too? Does everyone have hair? Does grandma know you have hair? Did she give you permission to have hair? etc... I locked the bathroom door from that pint on. LOL

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Bardhi's Dad
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10 months ago

Ouch

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あんぱんまん
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9 months ago

moral of the story: copy the kids until they laugh so hard their brain gets rewired

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Bacony Cakes
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10 months ago

sims logic

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あんぱんまん
Community Member
9 months ago

yep, uniform for homeschool!

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backatya
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9 months ago

good one

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Helen Haley
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10 months ago

Impressive forethought for a 4 year old.

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Anne Bidstrup
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10 months ago

God, that's so sad...

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Ronel du Plessis
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10 months ago

I told my kids what ever hatches in their rooms, they must care for them all on their own. They are old enough to keep the room clean and tidy (teenagers). After reading this, I might have to check?

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Caged Beer
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10 months ago

That you hsve lived so long without guidance is a miracle!

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Stack o' Pancakes
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9 months ago

guess I'll die

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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10 months ago

maybe it will be killing some people in a donut shop?(get it? Its FIVE)

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Lyra Sis
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9 months ago

Sad

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Persephone
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9 months ago

I am a fan of this lady

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Bardhi's Dad
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10 months ago

But, for certain, it's never boring

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Botox
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9 months ago

We had 3-days pass to big zoo, we spent whole days there, giraffes were eating, elephant pooped, monkeys were great! My child remembered ant on the road... well, better next time.

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Caged Beer
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10 months ago

Clever, will go far.

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Persephone
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10 months ago

Lol

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WilvanderHeijden
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9 months ago

Neighbor hears the child singing the song. Calls CPS.

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Aroace tiger
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9 months ago

Wow you are lucky. Chocolate milk is sacred.

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Watching
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9 months ago

Welp, they asked.

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TexasPK
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10 months ago

Love her little crocs!!

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Diddlybop
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10 months ago

And I look like beyonce cos we both have fingernails 🌚

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Sasy
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10 months ago

I read that as fresh sticks and thought it was hilarious, fish works too

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Lyra Sis
Community Member
9 months ago

SOOOO true. All I want is quiet most days but when I get it for more than 5-10 mins I freak out and start searching for my kids making sure they are ok because quiet is abnormal in my house.

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Stack o' Pancakes
Community Member
9 months ago

parenting 101

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Caged Beer
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10 months ago

Good Boy. Have an ice cream.

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Diana Eriksson
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10 months ago

Priorities...

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Diddlybop
Community Member
10 months ago

I saw this game in a book my sister owns where you say why to everything and everyone. Needless to say my mum told her that we were playing video games and not taking any more games from that cursed book

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Hermione Granger
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9 months ago

Lol that's so accurate

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Stack o' Pancakes
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9 months ago (edited)

Parents of teenagers see the cup going into their rooms and never returning

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She_woman
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9 months ago

We tried.

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Orange Juice
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9 months ago

Um... I meant that you should... *sigh*... never mind.

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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9 months ago

My parents don't need to lie about it. I'm super short and look a couple years younger than I am so I'm always handed a kids menu first thing. One waitress literally thought I was 8 when I was 12 once.

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Sasy
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10 months ago

I was thinking on the math of this the other day, in the past four years only at least 40 dollars worth, there should be a hundred or so here, can only find one, and lost it for a day and was way too happy to find it again.

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