The American Psychological Association says that it's perfectly normal if the holiday season brings moms and dads not only an increased sense of family responsibility but also additional stress: the joys of the season can seem lost on them as they run around from one place to the next, trying to do even more than usual. It's an overwhelming time of the year.

So, to help them unwind, Bored Panda has collected the funniest and most honest parenting tweets from December. The recap of the month features both Christmas and everyday moments so even those who wish to put the holidays behind them will have something to giggle at.

For more parenting tweets, check out our earlier collections from November, October, and September.

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CD Mills
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1 month ago

Absolutely! I grew up hearing that all the time after some boy had purposely abused me in some way. Furthermore unacceptable!

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Vicki Broadbent, an award-winning filmmaker and blogger at Honest Mum who is also the author of bestselling book MUMBOSS: How to Survive and Thrive At Work and At Home, told Bored Panda that parents often burn out during the holidays because they place far too much pressure on themselves to create the perfect Christmas and New Year for their kids—which can be unrealistic at best and damaging and draining at worst.

"While conjuring up a festive family dream is wonderful in theory and comes with good intention, from a place of love, it can become a huge strain for parents both mentally and financially," Broadbent said. "Debt is not just for Christmas, folks, it rolls on all year long, particularly when you overspend. Live within your means and that means on the Big Day too. The anxiety to keep up with the Joneses seems tenfold now that we're bombarded with everyone else's festive prep on our timelines, be it the ever-more-elaborate mischievous set-ups every year of that swine, Elf on the Shelf to virtual Santa visits and, worst of all, mountainous piles of presents in some sort of matching wrapping paper present Olympics by parents with their peers."

#2

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Yeah, dad remains on a master's degree. Keep up the hard work dad, you'll get your break too.

Eryn
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1 month ago

Awww that's to cute

Sandra Bollox
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1 month ago

I kinda don't believe this actually happened. It's like when parents quote their kids for really deep quotes. Seems more like a way to brag. We can't take everything at face value. Also, and this is the most important thing, this isn't funny.

Sandra Bollox
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1 month ago

PS good for her if she did get a PhD. I'm trying to get into a doctorate myself. We'll see!

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Jenna
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1 month ago

That's really sweet.

Pasion Jones
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1 month ago

i call bs... i think the MUM corrected it.

Pasion Jones
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1 month ago

yeah i call BS... i think SHE corrected it...

Karin
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1 month ago

Love it! But not funny.

John
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1 month ago

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This sounds like bullshit.

Dónal Ó Murchadha
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1 month ago

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Actually, unless your an MD that really should be Mrs X followed by PhD or although it seems to be a thing is the US. If it's regarding your academic work, then use Dr. all you like. That said, people who have a BA & MA rarely use it in their titles. My uncle was travelling with a colleague from London to NY about 20 years ago who rather embarrassingly had to explain to a stewardess on the flight that he was a Dr of Physics and not an MD when approached regarding a sick passenger.

Jenna
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1 month ago

That is etymologically and historically untrue. Doctor has referred to a university doctorate long before a medical one. In the US it is more common to think "physician" when one hears doctor, but in fact it refers to one who is doctus/docta, or classically educated. The desire to downgrade PhDs in the US is a disturbing new trend that does everyone a disservice.

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Eric Steward
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Sure, the 11-year-old did that

Rod Egret
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1 month ago

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Never understand why people need titles so bad...

HalfShelli
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1 month ago

Because it comes with the decade of post-secondary education and the associated six-digit debt?

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Broadbent thinks parents should ignore what they see on social media and remind themselves that children remember the quality time with their parents over the holidays more than anything (ideally, rested and relaxed, not frazzled parents).

"Think back to what you recall fondly from your own Christmases past in childhood... I'd put money on you remembering a few key Christmas gifts (me, a Cabbage Patch Kid I still own); decorating the tree, laying out the mince pie and carrot for Santa, and forcing your merry mum to watch Miracle on 34th Street for the millionth time with you."

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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1 month ago

XDDDDD 😂🤣😂🤣

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And she is absolutely right. Psychologist Dr. David Walsh, known for translating cutting-edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers, and other professionals, says the positive feelings of warmth, safety, or happiness are examples of what he calls 'emotional memories.'

"Emotional memories are very powerful and very important," Dr. Walsh writes. "Just as experiences link together different connections in our brain, experiences also wire together emotional connections. Emotions are especially powerful because they focus our attention and are a major determinant for what we remember."

While presents might feel important now, Dr. Walsh argues that the greatest gift we can give our children is to create a rich set of positive emotional memories. "Creating family traditions, focusing on the meaning of the season, and carving out time for reflection can help buffer stress and provide a foundation for memories that last a lifetime."

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Roland Kreslin
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1 month ago

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Lucky you.... The most girl I know are slobs, leaving the room they were in, in an unbelievable mess.

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So how can parents do this? Broadbent suggests starting by planning Christmas in advance, especially when it comes to the festive budget (expenses for decorations, food, and presents)—becoming proactive and not reactive to pressures and changes, adversities.

"No one could have foreseen a pandemic this year, which spoiled our planned gatherings, yet here we are. Budget for a Christmas you want for your family which includes a contingency plan and that won't compromise your life for the other 11 months of the year. Remember, you are not expected to share this period online unless you want to, so don't feel a duty or pressure to photograph and share your experiences on social media," she said.

"If anyone makes you feel bad about yourself, mute, unfollow, or take a break over this more pressured time. Be in the moment, switch off as much as possible and let your hair down a little, you deserve it."

You will always be able to catch up on what's viral with Bored Panda later!

#5

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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1 month ago

🤦🏼‍♀️

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#6

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Jerome might be arguably more useful than many boyfriends.

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#7

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Luther von Wolfen
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1 month ago

Wow. Put that in a frame.

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#8

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ravina nimje
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1 month ago

This should be up.

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#9

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

When there teens you'll find you can sleep for twelve hours a day

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#10

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

oof

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#11

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

oddly true

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#12

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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1 month ago

"Also, she's the teacher, so..."

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#13

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valérie B-971
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1 month ago

So cute

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#14

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Violet Grey
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1 month ago

carrots are frickin amazing

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#15

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humdrum
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1 month ago

Battle-uni...88-png.jpg Battle-unicorn-5fec3d6184d88-png.jpg

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#16

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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1 month ago

"Okay, but did you HAVE to put it in the silverware drawer?"

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#17

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Vic
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1 month ago

How precious and thoughtful!! :-)

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#18

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CD Mills
Community Member
1 month ago

They are technically correct, which is the best kind of correct.

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#19

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

Such a bright boy and beautiful eyes.

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#20

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Mark Howell
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1 month ago

Sibling survival strategy. The needs of the me out way the sacrfice of you ;o)

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#21

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Demi Zwaan
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1 month ago

I don’t get this at all.

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#22

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HalfShelli
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1 month ago

I am filing this away for my daughters’ first baby showers.

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#23

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KellyKix
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1 month ago

That is beyond precious

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#24

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KellyKix
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1 month ago

Your turn, 4

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#25

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 month ago

Thank you for that big of advice my dear, imma packet that one for when I’m pregnant

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#26

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Vic
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah the bringer of joy and happiness.. well chosen, kid!

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#27

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Joy Stowe
Community Member
1 month ago

So your little boy loves animals, is imaginative, and stubborn. He sounds perfect to me!

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#28

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ME
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1 month ago

no you are not wrong for it

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#29

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n i k o
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1 month ago (edited)

Actually, a 135% chance, to be exact.

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#30

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Can someone explain this? Santa doesn't give boxes? I don't have kids, so I'm confused.

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#31

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

:l

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#32

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, they give audible and visual clues when they need to be watered or fed, so that makes it much easier.

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#33

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Roland Kreslin
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1 month ago

Duct tape. Makes moving things stop

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#34

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MRSS
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1 month ago

Wrapping paper sounds about right to me!!

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#35

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

i want to do this

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#36

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Paizleypie
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1 month ago

I know, right?!

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#37

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OpalTheRainwing <3
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1 month ago

Hahahaha

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#38

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KellyKix
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1 month ago

Oh. My.

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Hehehehehehehehe
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1 month ago

Ah, hahaha 😭

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#40

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Vic
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1 month ago

Rest is: at times the nights are longer..

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