5 Instagram accounts I promise will make any parent laugh

Pinterest perfect families meet their rivals with the hilarious posts from average parents.

You really can put your best foot forward on social media. Darling children dressed in designer clothes at lavish birthday parties seem to be all the rage online. In this Instagram world, hair is always done, outfits are on point, lunches are too cute to eat and no one misses naptime. Luckily, there are some parents out there who know that’s not always the case. In fact, it’s hardly ever the case.

We’d like to give a big thank you to the parents out there that know the pain of finding peanut butter smeared on every possible surface. Or the grimace of finding out your daughter just gave herself bangs. These 5 Instagram accounts give a glimpse into the adventures of parenthood. It’s not always pretty, but it’s always pretty funny.

@kidsaretheworst

The things kids can do are pretty much the worst, but they certainly make the best Instagram posts.

Mom on the hook. #IMeantHoldOnToMyNeck photo thanks to @hattie1987 #kidsaretheworst

A photo posted by Anna Macfarlane, @ahhnnab (@kidsaretheworst) on

@averageparentproblems

Forget perfect parties and fashionable toddlers. This Instagram account adds a hilarious captions to the problems of an average parent.

I hope nobody is allowed to leave the table until Samantha is finished. #averageparentproblems photo: @ambird82

A photo posted by Ilana Wiles (@averageparentproblems) on

I guess you didn't respond fast enough. #averageparentproblems photo: @JoePolek

A photo posted by Ilana Wiles (@averageparentproblems) on

It's hard to take a shower when there's a baby sleeping on your face. #averageparentproblems photo: @sarahlmcdermott

A photo posted by Ilana Wiles (@averageparentproblems) on

@womenirl

Created by those at Real Simple magazine, this Instagram features “life’s real, unfiltered moments” (aka: the good, the bad and the ugly).

Uh oh. (via @angelescumsille) #womenirl

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on

"The yogurt was over." —@stomlin21 #womenirl

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on

Sometimes, you forget your eyemask at home. #womenirl (@my_life_in_the_rock)

A photo posted by Women in Real Life (@womenirl) on

@insta2yearold

“My world. My perspective. My very full diaper.” An Instagram account from the point of view from a two year old gives us all a glimpse into the semi-rational mind of a toddler.

This is my passive aggressive way of telling my mom to CUT. OFF. THE. CRUSTS.

A photo posted by Harlow Wiles (@insta2yearold) on

@mykidcanteatthis

To document all the reasons why your kid can’t eat that perfectly good sandwich, @mykidcanteatthis is here for you, witty captions and all.

#MyKidCantEatThis because he asked for regular pancakes not Mickey pancakes. #WhyDoWeEvenTry #BecauseLove – @kvnena

A photo posted by My Kid Can't Eat This (@mykidcanteatthis) on

#MyKidCantEatThis – @lmpinkston

A photo posted by My Kid Can't Eat This (@mykidcanteatthis) on

#MyKidCantEatThis because the banana broke while he was eating it. – @laurenlouise1392

A photo posted by My Kid Can't Eat This (@mykidcanteatthis) on

So, next time the house is a mess, tantrums are reaching an explosive point, and there’s more dinner on the floor than on the table, smile. It would make a great Instagram post.

Emily Cummings

Emily is putting her English and Humanities degree to use editing and writing all over the world. Trying to see all 7 world wonders (while visiting as many countries as she can in between), Emily loves wandering alleyways, beautifully photographed food, stumbling upon impromptu flea and food markets. She can usually be found camera in hand, munching on a street food and never has her headphones out of reach.