There are as many parenting tactics as there are parents. No wonder this is a somewhat controversial subject that can instantly ignite an argument between opinionated moms and dads that believe in different schools of raising their kids.

But the self-described “3 x Soccer Dad” Chris Cate has realized that humor is the best and possibly the only good way to talk about the joys and challenges of being a parent. On his Instagram account “Parent Normal,” dad Cate shares a daily dose of hilariously relatable memes and jokes he finds online with his audience of 159K.

The result is a funny compilation of miscellaneous posts that sum up the chaos of raising our little daredevils posted by people on the internet who know what they’re saying, and selected by dad Cate, who knows we're all gonna appreciate them!

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Enjoy These Moments

Enjoy These Moments

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100

100

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Mouse
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolute joy on both of their adorable faces

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Parenting has become a daunting task for most parents in the current times. The reason why parenting has become quite challenging is due to the fact that our lifestyle is rapidly changing with newer requirements and demands being instilled into our lives. The time we live in is also to blame, since the worldwide pandemic and political turmoil in the world are changing the ways we live, work, and raise kids beyond recognition.

But since parents always want what’s best for their children, it’s hard for them to realize the world may not be as welcoming and easily navigated as it was for them. Today, parents are worried sick about their children’s prospects in an unstable world teeming with threats near and far—whole categories of jobs disappearing, global financial upheaval; terrorist attacks; refugees in misery; the environment under assault from poisons and rising temperatures.

#5

Brilliant Mom Hack # 23,397

 Brilliant Mom Hack # 23,397

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Hannah Edwards
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Genius! Fears allayed and household chores instilled in one fell swoop!

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#6

Mind Your Business

Mind Your Business

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viv
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yeah guys! chill the f**k out! if we want kids we will have them when we're ready!

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Madeline Levine, Ph.D. a psychologist, educator and co-founder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, spoke with various parents from all walks of life: public, private, liberal, conservative, rural, urban, and most everything in between. “For more than a decade I’ve been crisscrossing the United States talking about rising rates of anxiety and depression in our kids, and more recently, about parenting challenges in our rapidly changing and uncertain environment.”

#7

Relax

Relax

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#8

Something For Moms To Remember At The Pool And Beach This Summer

Something For Moms To Remember At The Pool And Beach This Summer

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Karen Grace
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely yes! It most certainly is!

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#9

This Is A Scary Good Prank

This Is A Scary Good Prank

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What Levine found genuinely surprised her and it is the uniformity of concerns, regardless of which community she is in. “Parents want to know what to worry about and what they can safely take off their plates. They want to know how to prepare their kids to be successful in a future that seems so unpredictable. How to deal with the endless alarming news about children and teenagers,” she commented. “Most of all, they want to know how to protect their kids and ensure some stability for them in a world that seems anything but,” Levine added.

#10

This Is A Secret Worth Keeping

This Is A Secret Worth Keeping

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#11

We All Need To Be Taking Notes

We All Need To Be Taking Notes

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#12

Always

Always

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Mouse
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same as Ricky's gas station list, 4 pepperoni c***s and chicken chips. RIP Lahey, you are the liquor

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What’s interesting is that the effect of uncertainty and fear is visible not only in parents, but also in children’s changing behavior. Levine recounted that ten years ago, her young patients were in a fury about the parental yoke: ‘It’s my life! Tell my mom and dad to back off. I’ll figure it out myself!’ This is long gone in our times.

#13

This Makes Me Wish I Had A Charger For Myself

This Makes Me Wish I Had A Charger For Myself

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#15

The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts

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“One of the most disturbing developments in recent years has been the fading of youthful rebellion among the teenagers I see. It’s been replaced with resignation and a jaded demeanor I’d expect from folks many years older who had to work at jobs they despised in order to support a family or pay a mortgage,” Levine wrote.

#16

This Is A Seriously Good Pro Tip

This Is A Seriously Good Pro Tip

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Claire Nasa
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I tried that with my son many years ago, it didn't cost me a cent grrrrrrr

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#17

The Sad Part Is Our Kids Will Leave Out The Part About How Parents Kept Them Entertained

The Sad Part Is Our Kids Will Leave Out The Part About How Parents Kept Them Entertained

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#18

This Is How Parents Get Exercise

This Is How Parents Get Exercise

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“‘You don’t understand,’ these teens will say, shaking their heads. ‘There is no way out of the next three years. I’m just going to suck it up. I have no choice.’ The belief that you can’t act on your own behalf is a significant contributor to depression at any age,” Levine argues. No wonder humor has become so widespread on the internet. Today memes are no longer the thing of youth, parents are also looking for jokes to lift up their spirits and find comfort in laughter.

#19

Raise Your Hand If Today Has "Been A Day" For You

Raise Your Hand If Today Has "Been A Day" For You

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#20

You Know You’re Going To Tell Somebody This Joke

You Know You’re Going To Tell Somebody This Joke

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Mozzarella
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my god I’m writing that down. I ain’t a dad, but this is the best joke I have ever heard

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#21

Not So Hard To Imagine

Not So Hard To Imagine

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Khavrinen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Let me try and stretch my imagination that far."

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#22

100

100

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Mozzarella
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My house is VERY full of love, and all my kids have moved out

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#24

So Sweet

So Sweet

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Mozzarella
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have never heard a nickname more in my life than this one

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#25

It’s The Lesser Of Two Evils

It’s The Lesser Of Two Evils

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Kesam
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OK, I get the joke but why on Earth are parents of girls always so afraid of boyfriends? I have three of them (girls, not boyfriends) and I just... don't understand.

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#26

Wouldn't This Be Nice?!

Wouldn't This Be Nice?!

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Jill C
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure what this has got to do with parenting but it's a good idea.

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#27

It's A Dad Thing

It's A Dad Thing

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Mr Red
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure whether this joke has multiple layers or OP is even worse at remembering names than he thinks...

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#28

Desperate Times Call For Funny Measures

Desperate Times Call For Funny Measures

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#30

Who Needs A Mother’s Day Gift Idea?

Who Needs A Mother’s Day Gift Idea?

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#32

Why Do They Do This To Me?!

Why Do They Do This To Me?!

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phil bishop
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They do it deliberately so you spend more time looking in the hope you impulse buy

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#33

This Maybe 1000% True

This Maybe 1000% True

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#34

There’s Nothing Like Father/Son Bonding Over A “Cool” Dad Joke

There’s Nothing Like Father/Son Bonding Over A “Cool” Dad Joke

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Hseed
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah you did. Enjoy him, he is the chosen one!!!

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#35

We All Need To Support Each Other

We All Need To Support Each Other

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#36

Saturdays Aren't What They Used To Be

Saturdays Aren't What They Used To Be

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#37

You've Been Warned

You've Been Warned

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Monic Krugell
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like how am I supposed to discipline my 12yo who is head and shoulders taller than me?

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#38

This Isn't Too Much To Ask, Is It?

This Isn't Too Much To Ask, Is It?

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Monic Krugell
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have formally asked if I can please just have 5 minutes to sit on my patio in peace and quite when I get home from work a million times - can't even manage that. :-)

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#39

Magical Is One Word For It

Magical Is One Word For It

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#40

Why Do I Buy So Many Groceries I Don't Need?

Why Do I Buy So Many Groceries I Don't Need?

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Andrea Owen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm guessing spring mix is some sort of salad, cause I do that too.

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