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Parenting is a never-ending adventure. One day moms and dads might be fighting monsters under the bed, the other, hopping from furniture to furniture, avoiding the lava that has unexpectedly flooded the floor. Sometimes they get to play the role of a sage trying to answer the centuries-old question, will my toddler ever eat his veggies?

These are just a few of the many quests parents take upon in their day-to-day lives with kids. Luckily, some of them document and share fragments from it, which often results in some quite amusing accounts. We have combed through X (formerly Twitter) in search of the best of them and put them on this list for you today. So wait no longer, scroll down to find them, and enjoy the November edition of parenting posts of the month.

In order to delve deeper into the subtleties of parenting, Bored Panda got in touch with a Professor of Psychology at the University of Mary Washington, Miriam Liss, who was kind enough to answer a couple of our questions. You will find her thoughts in the text below.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope! The louder, larger, and more useless it is, the deeper the discount!

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Watching your child grow from a little bundle of joy to a full-grown adult is arguably the greatest adventure of them all. Going through all stages with the kid, from helping them to formulate their very first words to consoling them through the first—and likely the second, maybe even a couple after that—heartbreak, among many other things, is truly a rollercoaster of emotions.

But even with its ups and downs, the majority of moms and dads seem to enjoy the experience. Pew Research Center’s (PRC) recent study revealed that four-in-five parents find it not only enjoyable but rewarding, too.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally not worth the effort. You'll get screamed on and it will be pointed out to you in a very unpolite way that her perfect and soon to be successful daughter is absolutely none of your concern.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yesterday I was tidying and cleaning for 3 hours before BIL (no kids) came for dinner and without any mean intend said "I think it's great you don't worry about the mess with the kids" 😅 dude I like you but f*** you 😝

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Pew Research Center also revealed that despite finding it rewarding, quite a few people say it’s tiring or stressful most or all of the time. Understandably so; from the moment their child is born, parents typically try their best to take care of their little one, which can get draining at times.

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That is because one can only listen to the happy-go-lucky songs of children's cartoons so many times; they can’t also be in the mood for hide and seek or ‘the floor is lava’ 24/7.

To make matters worse, many parents would likely agree that from the moment their baby enters this world, it’s difficult not to worry about them; and such anxiety seems to accompany every step of their child’s way through life. All of that leads to more than 40% of parents feeling tired and roughly 30% feeling stressed, PRC reports.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok guys I can’t be the only parent here. Parents talk secretly behind their kids’ back, so there’s a very good chance that he got a memo informing that he was going to get a pie in the face and be very surprised AND quite amused.

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Respondents of the PRC’s survey agreed that parenthood is not easy. For some, it might feel like a job and likely the hardest one there is, as the vast majority of parents admitted it was more difficult than they anticipated.

That might be one of the reasons some people choose to have less children (or not to have them at all), consequently making families smaller than they were back in the day.

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Statista revealed that the average number of people per family in the 1960s, for instance, was around 3.67, but it has been decreasing steadily over the years, reaching the lowest point of 3.13 in the early 2000s—more or less where it stood just a couple of years ago in 2021, too.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

By the 3rd you just shurg and leave them picking stuff out of the bin lol s/

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My late country grandmother-in-law used to say, if she saw you picking out a wedgie, “Is your a*s chewing rag?”(when she was 80 or so)

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The size of one’s family has seemingly changed over the years, but what about the ways of parenting itself, you might wonder? Well, it’s probably not that surprising that the way people view their own upbringing differs with each family.

While some people swear to learn from their parents’ mistakes and not to repeat them themselves, others view their upbringing as an example of how to raise their own children. And the scales seem to stand nearly even, with just 1% in favor of those seeking a different route from the one their parents took; surveys reveal that 43% would raise kids similarly to how they were raised, while 44% wouldn’t.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I missed out on this. My firstborn would immediately stuff said socks into his mouth. I was afraid he would choke so both my kids spent their first winters in sleeper suits...

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when you put it that way......... it makes rethink my whole entire life.

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“Our social world has changed since a generation ago. Parents who let their children walk alone to school are accused of neglect; we don’t live in neighborhoods where children are encouraged to run and play and assume that they will be okay, so parents have been trained to watch and monitor their children to a greater extent than a generation ago,” Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss told Bored Panda, expanding on some of the main differences in regards to raising children between now and then.

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“Another factor is the rise of social media,” Prof. Liss added. “On social media one can constantly see other people’s high-achieving children and parenting successes—no one posts the struggles—so parents can often feel as though their children are falling behind and feel as though they need to do what they can in order to help them succeed.”

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure if this post was misinterpreted, but my take was that, the little girl thought that everytime someone said they had a tummy ache, that they were actually saying they had a tummy egg.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter always behaved beautifully when out of the house, in the home: not so much. I was ok with it.

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When it comes to the things parents now would approach differently, the matters of love and relationships stand out the most. Nearly 44% of the surveyed moms and dads wouldn’t want to take the same route their parents did regarding it and say they would try to show more love and affection to their children than they received themselves.

As for the things they would do the same way, adults with children nowadays would like to stick to the same values and beliefs that were instilled in them as kids.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For me it was "Your brother put [object name] in your room for you". 50/50 chance I'd find him jumping on my bed

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The matter of instilling certain values in children seems to be as relevant now as it ever was. That’s why quite a few moms and dads out there hope their kids will become honest and ethical human beings, first and foremost.

They also hope their little ones grow up to be hardworking and helpful people, Pew Research Center reports; being tolerant and ambitious are also on the list.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a older kid heard: Tell me about all the pokemons from all the different regions and how they evolve.

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It’s safe to assume that both people with and without children can find these X posts quite entertaining. They perfectly sum up just how witty and adventurous some of the little ones are, as well as why their parents are often understandably tired.

If you’d like to browse more of such accounts, check out the September edition of the best parenting posts of the month or click here for some amusing posts from the summer.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's ok!!!! Oh and you REALLY don't want to know where the nugget was from....

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stickers from apples or a paper sheet? I need to know how fancy the facial was. 😲🤔

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same - it's been 10 long years now, and it's worse every time I look......

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

there is a difference between BEST BEFORE-----BEST SOLD BY----- and EXPIRES ON

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How dare you insult Cars, it isn’t even close to the worst movie.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ok, but we're gonna be sad when journalism actually dies, any day now.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

fr tho lîke as a teenage girl, i love taylor swift a lot but all my friends are just...

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