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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katiestanners Report

CD Mills
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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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."

#3

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OpalTheRainwing <3
Community Member
8 months 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."

#4

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*screamsinbisexual*
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8 months ago

That’s actually a great idea!

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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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saltymamas Report

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
8 months ago

Parenting teamwork.

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#6

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

Jerome might be arguably more useful than many boyfriends.

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#7

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
8 months ago

Wow. Put that in a frame.

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#8

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MRSS
Community Member
8 months ago

This is DEFINITELY something I have thought and said when I was a kid. LMAO Your kid is awesome.

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#9

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TheReader19
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#10

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Zophra
Community Member
8 months ago

I think this is worth getting downvoted, because this really bothered me. The comment about "boys will be boys" is stupid, callous, and inappropriate. But this comment is lauded? What if a boy said he was "born to crush all girls?" We have to be consistent and have respect both ways. Unless... born to crush means something I am not aware of and I am taking this wrong.

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#11

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Chris
Community Member
8 months ago

Yeah but I get better value from a round by taking at least twice as many shots.

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#12

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#13

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valérie B-971
Community Member
8 months ago

So cute

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#14

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Violet Grey
Community Member
8 months ago

carrots are frickin amazing

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#15

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humdrum
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#16

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#17

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Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

How precious and thoughtful!! :-)

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#18

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CD Mills
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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#19

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
8 months ago

Such a bright boy and beautiful eyes.

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#20

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Mark Howell
Community Member
8 months 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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Hehehehehehehehe
Community Member
8 months ago

Was she reading Harry Potter?

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#22

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CanidaeVulpes
Community Member
8 months ago

I gave laundry detergent, baby Tylenol and some other items I thought more useful once. I got some odd looks

Joe Reaves
Community Member
8 months ago

Probably only from the people without kids lol.

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Heather Harmon
Community Member
8 months ago

You hide wine in the diaper cake it’s a win win

HalfShelli
Community Member
8 months ago

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

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
8 months ago

Please give boat sized maternity pads and instant coffee. K thanks.

Sanne H.
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Hahaha! Never thought about it that way but it’s a good idea :-)

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
8 months ago

"slap a bow on it if you're feeling fancy" lmao

Martha Murphy
Community Member
8 months ago

Better they should skip the shower and sleep. They probably won't get a chance later.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
8 months ago

Diaper cakes are the most practical as long as they aren't cloth-only. And since becoming a mom, I would gift a mom item as well.

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
8 months ago

The three Wise men: 'We brought to Baby Jesus gold, myrth and incense...' Mary: 'That's nice guys, but some diapers and baby food would be way better.'

Rukkia
Community Member
7 months ago

I did a baby and parent care package. Everything you need to take care of a sick baby and tired new parents.

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
8 months ago

My go to baby shower gift Is a small diaper bag packed with baby socks, extra bottles and onesies. I learned really quickly with first that the huge diaper bag was a pain, socks disappear and onesies are the best. Oh and a package of burp cloths.

Bonnie Edwards
Community Member
8 months ago

I gave a light cloth for feeding baby in public (my sister is a private lady), and 2 each onesies in every size from 2 down. I figured she'd use them all.

Natalie Klyk
Community Member
8 months ago

I always gift drug store gift cards ... mothers can choose if they spend it on something they need for the baby or they want for themselves !!! Already heard a coupe of times that this was „the best gift“ even if it seems dull but no mother needs more onesies

Crystalyn Snyder
Community Member
8 months ago

I put in shower gifts a bottle of Tylenol and coffee along with the onesie

Pippa Runs
Community Member
8 months ago

Getting the little things is what I ended up appreciating a lot...baby Tylenol, Nose Frida, thermometer etc

Khrystja
Community Member
8 months ago

My babycake had cloth diapers. I was thrilled! (yes this was 20 years ago now)

Suebee70
Community Member
8 months ago

I definitely go for useful - gift cards for groceries, diapers, wipes, baby gripe water, snot sucker (or full-on safety/care kit), clothes in 3 sizes (since the little buggers grow so fast they sometimes skip a size), laundry detergent, laundry basket, etc - those diaper cakes, etc are very cute, but they're a pain in the butt to disassemble and use!

WangYuchi
Community Member
8 months ago

Me & wife gave make-up set to in-law when she was a new mom.

Lexi Mitchell
Community Member
8 months ago

Maybe you don’t need ear plugs with a newborn? Or coffee since that’s bad for breast milk?

Fred L.
Community Member
8 months ago

... ... what are diaper cakes?

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

Diapers arranged to look like a layer cake.

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Azure Adams
Community Member
8 months ago

Well when you make bed by getting preggers....

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#23

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KellyKix
Community Member
8 months ago

That is beyond precious

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#24

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KellyKix
Community Member
8 months ago

Your turn, 4

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#25

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Zoe Hoesley
Community Member
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

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#27

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HenpeckedHal Report

Joy Stowe
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

no you are not wrong for it

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#29

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n i k o
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Actually, a 135% chance, to be exact.

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#30

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Tabitha L
Community Member
8 months 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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Paizleypie
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Oh, and it's so unfair! Little boys have the most beautiful eyelashes in the world.

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#32

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Duct tape. Makes moving things stop

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#34

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HalfShelli
Community Member
8 months ago

He’s not wrong!

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#35

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Stille20
Community Member
8 months ago

Don't teach your kids to be mean..... do this when they aren't around

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#36

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simoncholland Report

Paizleypie
Community Member
8 months ago

I know, right?!

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#37

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dad_on_my_feet Report

Mark Howell
Community Member
8 months ago

Time for the talk about aerodynamics and trajectories ;o)

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#38

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LauraBenanti Report

Ripley
Community Member
8 months ago

Oof. Harsh . . .

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Hehehehehehehehe
Community Member
8 months ago

Ah, hahaha 😭

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#40

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lmegordon Report

Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

Rest is: at times the nights are longer..

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