You can read every book on parenting and join all the Facebook mommy and daddy groups but when the time comes and you start raising kids, they will undoubtedly find a way to surprise you. Every. Single. Day.

Want to admire your boy playing with his toy? Too bad, he breaks your front tooth in half. Won't let your girl keep a handful of coins in her mouth? Get ready for a furious meltdown. At least you now have a story for the Internet.

As a follow-up to our previous list, we at Bored Panda have compiled a set of photos that perfectly sum up parenting in just a single frame. Enjoy!

#1

Bathroom Kid

Bathroom Kid

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Kitty Luna Darrow
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6 months ago

logic, right there. pure logic.

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Vicki Broadbent, a writer, director, broadcaster, and founder of the parenting blog Honest Mum, told Bored Panda that it's important to have realistic expectations when it comes to first-time parenthood. "I naively thought that my first born would be some sort of fun accessory I could dress up and play with when in reality all babies are hard work and parenting a baby—while joyful—is equally tedious and tiring," the author of The Working Mom: Your Guide To Surviving and Thriving At Work and At Home said.

"All they do in the early months is eat, sleep and poop. You as a mother will also be undergoing great physical and mental changes post-birth and those coupled with sleep deprivation will be tough-going." 

#2

I Guess There's Something To Be Said About Knowing Proper Anatomy

I Guess There's Something To Be Said About Knowing Proper Anatomy

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

I see they are educated in that area

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This might sound scary, but when you know what to expect, you can begin to prepare yourself for it. "My advice is to create a parenting self-aid kit for emotional and physical wellbeing spanning meditation apps (I like the free Insight Timer)," Vicki said.

Get yourself a set of short but effective mindful exercises, a stocked freezer full of healthy and filling meals, and a support network you can rant, cry and share with (on and offline), and you're good to go. "It takes a village to raise a child and a village to raise a mother."

#3

We Found My Wife’s Phone In The Toilet Yesterday. We Weren’t Sure Which Of Our Three Kids Put It There Until My Wife Scrolled Through Her Pictures Today

We Found My Wife’s Phone In The Toilet Yesterday. We Weren’t Sure Which Of Our Three Kids Put It There Until My Wife Scrolled Through Her Pictures Today

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Mohsie Supposie
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6 months ago

BUSTED!

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#4

I Have A Feeling This Happens Often

I Have A Feeling This Happens Often

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Kitty Luna Darrow
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6 months ago

parenting x quarantine

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Psychologist Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., acknowledged that becoming a first-time parent can have a dramatic impact on many people, both in terms of the stress they experience and the impact that it has on marital satisfaction and emotional well-being.

"New parents can report considerable stress for different reasons," he wrote. "Along with the added financial burden of a new child, new mothers and fathers often experience significant conflict between work and family life along with realizing that becoming a parent means taking on a lifelong responsibility."

#5

Thanks To The Neighbor

Thanks To The Neighbor

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

Look at those innocent faces!

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#6

In The Future When Someone Asks What It Was Like To Work From Home In 2020. I'll Just Show Them This Picture

In The Future When Someone Asks What It Was Like To Work From Home In 2020. I'll Just Show Them This Picture

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Jonahs Mrs
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6 months ago

I personally think this is a beautiful picture x

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Vitelli also mentioned an interesting study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. According to the paper, for new moms and dads who have problems with forming attachments, the stress involved in making the transition to being a parent is especially high.

They usually have a history of poor relationships and are often loners who have difficulty asking others for help.

Since they are uncomfortable acting as caregivers, taking care of an infant is particularly difficult for them. Furthermore, they also get less satisfaction from their children than most new parents and are more likely to focus on their work while leaving most of the childcare duties to their partners. Since gender differences play a strong role in how attachments are formed, men are more likely to avoid attachments than women.

#7

A Comedy Of Errors Every Day With This Kid

A Comedy Of Errors Every Day With This Kid

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Raksha swami
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6 months ago

This is gold 😂

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#8

Took Kids Parasailing And They Played Dead

Took Kids Parasailing And They Played Dead

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

That's terrifyingly funny

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If you're a parent, conflicts (both inner and outer) are inevitable. But it's how you deal with them that matters the most. After all, problems provide not only a headache but also an opportunity to grow. "As psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry advocates in her excellent bestselling book, The Book You wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did), you need to recognize that your reactions/triggers to your children are usually reflective of experiences in your own childhood," Vicki Broadbent added.

"When you recognize this and treat yourself with compassion, you can change your responses to your children. With every stage of childhood, you will come across new challenges but taking a breath so you can respond rather than react, is key."

#9

My Son Just Made A Huge Mess. This Is His Just Let Me Explain Face

My Son Just Made A Huge Mess. This Is His Just Let Me Explain Face

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Aaron W
Community Member
6 months ago

He looks like he's got a story to tell.

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#10

Oh...

Oh...

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Verena Gitterle
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6 months ago

Where DOES Tigger come from?

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#11

I Can’t Say I Haven’t Wondered This Myself. Still Funny Though

I Can’t Say I Haven’t Wondered This Myself. Still Funny Though

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BananaJo
Community Member
6 months ago

Really?

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#12

Our Airbnb Had A Translucent Bathroom Door. I’m Used To My Impatient Toddler Stalking Me Through The Bathroom Door, But This Took It To A Much Creepier Level

Our Airbnb Had A Translucent Bathroom Door. I’m Used To My Impatient Toddler Stalking Me Through The Bathroom Door, But This Took It To A Much Creepier Level

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Roland Gosselin
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6 months ago

Looks like a pretty cool painting. Gerhard Richter approves.

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Vicki said that the more you practise this, the more you can rewire your brain to take a measured, calm response. It's something she is constantly working on with an 11-year-old child experiencing puberty herself.

"I do believe the kinder you are with yourself, the more understanding you will be with your kids and everyone else. It's a privilege and a joy to raise children but it's also a huge responsibility. Cut yourself some slack. Perfect parenting doesn't exist, simply try your best, apologize when you fail, always be honest and empathetic."

#13

"Screw You And The Clothes You Bought Me"

"Screw You And The Clothes You Bought Me"

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Did he come back, or did he live to his word?

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#14

My Friend’s Kid’s Diaper Report From Daycare *faints*

My Friend’s Kid’s Diaper Report From Daycare *faints*

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N G
Community Member
6 months ago

Maddie got the easy ones, Brooke drew the short straw.

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#15

Ahh The Fresh Smell Of Vaporized Piss In The Morning

Ahh The Fresh Smell Of Vaporized Piss In The Morning

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Rissie
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my.

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#16

7-Year-Old Girls Really Know How To Hit You Where It Hurts

7-Year-Old Girls Really Know How To Hit You Where It Hurts

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
6 months ago

Getting an early start on that teenager attitude, I see.

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#17

After 9 Months WFH, This Morning Was The First Time My Daughter Has Seen Me In A Suit. Did Not Approve

After 9 Months WFH, This Morning Was The First Time My Daughter Has Seen Me In A Suit. Did Not Approve

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Who is this? WHERE'S MY DADDY.. WANT DADDY..WAAAHHHH....

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#18

It’s Moments Like These That I Wish I Didn’t Go All “Balls Out” On Having Children. Here’s Penny, Showing Her Class “Something That Smells Good”

It’s Moments Like These That I Wish I Didn’t Go All “Balls Out” On Having Children. Here’s Penny, Showing Her Class “Something That Smells Good”

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Vicky Zar
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6 months ago

So what? It does smell good.

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#19

She Couldn't Hear Him

She Couldn't Hear Him

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Hans
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6 months ago

THhs is funny but not a photo...

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#20

Now This Is Real Life

Now This Is Real Life

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
6 months ago

Surely you can't be a real parent until you have done that.

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#21

It Took Her Mom 20 Hours To Get That Out After Her Brother Poured A Container Of “Bunchems” In Her Hair

It Took Her Mom 20 Hours To Get That Out After Her Brother Poured A Container Of “Bunchems” In Her Hair

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BananaJo
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Why the hell would her brother do that? Edit: I do have siblings. I have a little sister who did something like this once, that's why I'm just kind of frustrated ;)

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#22

Found Out My Kid Had This On His School Classroom Wall All Year

Found Out My Kid Had This On His School Classroom Wall All Year

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Sly cheeky lil guy..

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#23

Parsley Or Weed

Parsley Or Weed

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Worse, they'll be expecting her to distribute weed in jail and she'll be handing out parsley..

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#24

There Goes Their Screen Time

There Goes Their Screen Time

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Dad! Can you read what's written on the to me..

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#25

Texts From The Babysitter Never Surprise Me Anymore

Texts From The Babysitter Never Surprise Me Anymore

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Rissie
Community Member
6 months ago

Ok, so, mom, that's a little more impulsive than average. Even for a baby. And I have seen things. So. Good luck with that.

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#26

I Think It's Quite Brilliant

I Think It's Quite Brilliant

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Better love story than twilight...

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#27

Imagination Is Cool

Imagination Is Cool

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

"Pretend" theres more bread!

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#28

Emergency Situation

Emergency Situation

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
6 months ago

Cool

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#29

That's A Silly Reason To Cry

That's A Silly Reason To Cry

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lara
Community Member
6 months ago

Sell him on Etsy, you made him, as someone else has pointed out in another freakingly funny comment.

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#30

He's Actually Far Too Smart For Me

He's Actually Far Too Smart For Me

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Eva Schmutz
Community Member
6 months ago

I am laughing so hard right now.

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#31

My Neighbor's Toddler Was A Little Too Quiet

My Neighbor's Toddler Was A Little Too Quiet

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Juliverse
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6 months ago

These leaves now look like in the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

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#32

My Toddler Found A White Ink Pad And Immediately Turned Into Saruman

My Toddler Found A White Ink Pad And Immediately Turned Into Saruman

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

A R T

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#33

It’s Always Nice Getting Pictures From Our Son’s Teacher Showing How He’s Excelling In School

It’s Always Nice Getting Pictures From Our Son’s Teacher Showing How He’s Excelling In School

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similarly
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6 months ago

Future engineer ...

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#34

I Woke Up To My Daughter Standing Over Me Like This. I've Never Been So Proud (Or Terrified)

I Woke Up To My Daughter Standing Over Me Like This. I've Never Been So Proud (Or Terrified)

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

WeLl hELLo tHeRe~!

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#35

Of Course Not

Of Course Not

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Grown-ups pee?!?!

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#36

I Die Basically Every Day

I Die Basically Every Day

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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6 months ago

LOL

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#37

Biggest Mystery Of All Time

Biggest Mystery Of All Time

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

*sigh* Your name was on the packaging when we bought you from Kmart, happy now?

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#38

Stealing Air

Stealing Air

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Loki C
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6 months ago

Is he the Orange Lantern?

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#39

Our House Has 10 Rooms

Our House Has 10 Rooms

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fu yu
Community Member
6 months ago

Aww, they just like being near Daddy! Consider yourself blessed cause once they're teenagers...

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#40

My 5-Year-Old Son Stole My Wife’s Wallet The Other Day And Ran Off To His Room Quietly. Today She Got Pulled Over And This Was All She Had For ID

My 5-Year-Old Son Stole My Wife’s Wallet The Other Day And Ran Off To His Room Quietly. Today She Got Pulled Over And This Was All She Had For ID

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, why didn't they check after taking the wallet away from the kid?

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#41

It's The Small Things That Make Being A Parent So Rewarding

It's The Small Things That Make Being A Parent So Rewarding

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Verena Gitterle
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6 months ago

Now I want to know: what did Dad do?

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#42

Honestly, I Can Relate

Honestly, I Can Relate

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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6 months ago

wha-

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#43

I Come Home From Work To My Purple Son, Painted By My Daughter

I Come Home From Work To My Purple Son, Painted By My Daughter

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Thanos: The Beginning

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#44

Parents, How's That Home Schoolin' Going?

Parents, How's That Home Schoolin' Going?

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Glory The Rainwing
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6 months ago

Wait-what? I'm not a joy? after i did 19 ASSIGNMENTS THAT WERE MISSING TO PLEASE YOU?!?!

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#45

Apparently, The Kids Were Too Distracted To Shut The Door

Apparently, The Kids Were Too Distracted To Shut The Door

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Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

Let it go..

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#46

My 6-Year-Old Got Tattoo Markers For Christmas And Disappeared For Half An Hour. Bonus: We Can't Get It To Come Off

My 6-Year-Old Got Tattoo Markers For Christmas And Disappeared For Half An Hour. Bonus: We Can't Get It To Come Off

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

*Grows into a tattoo artist*

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#47

She Wanted To Play With The Laptop

She Wanted To Play With The Laptop

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Anna Te
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6 months ago

If you leave your kid unsupervised with your electronic devices...

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#48

Kid Is Secretly A Medium

Kid Is Secretly A Medium

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
6 months ago

"Oh cool she's saying hi back. Wait a minute..."

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#49

All The Stuff My Son Has Put Down The Air Conditioning Vent In The Last 6 Years

All The Stuff My Son Has Put Down The Air Conditioning Vent In The Last 6 Years

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BananaJo
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6 months ago

how

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#50

I Sat On The Toilet, Closed The Door, And My 2-Year-Old Decided I Wasn't Pooping Myself Fast Enough

I Sat On The Toilet, Closed The Door, And My 2-Year-Old Decided I Wasn't Pooping Myself Fast Enough

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
6 months ago

I've seen horror films that started like this...

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