We’ve all scrolled through a flawless Instagram feed and screamed, “How does she do it?!” too many times to count. While it’s no surprise we parents like to look at beautiful things, sometimes we just need a breath of realism. For those who want a visual ally in the unglamorous, complicated side of parenting, these accounts will make you laugh-out-loud. Check out our favorite unfiltered, unstaged Instagrams that are ironically perfect.
Pictures say a thousand words, but when it comes to @assholeparent, extra words are needed. Without the tongue in cheek explanations that run along the lines of “I’m an #assholeparent because I got three cookies and gave him two” (via @unclehc), it just looks like pictures of kids crying and there’s no fun in that. For any parent who’s ever felt judged while their kids have a meltdown, @assholeparent is for you. Submit your photos by using #assholeparents.
Sometimes those beautiful Instagram feeds don’t do us any favors, especially with our non-parent friends. Thankfully @averageparentproblems solves that! Each photo is a snapshot into the daily life of parenting where kids are the obstacle courses: extremely fun, hilarious obstacle courses. Submit your average parent problem photos with the hashtag #averageparentproblems.
Perfection is overrated and authenticity is the new black; so say goodbye to the stress of living by society’s standards. Unfiltered and completely real, @womenirl is the Instagram for moms who want to tell it like it is. Follow the account for funny photos of unsuccessful pancakes, text message screenshots and kids getting into trouble. Tag your real life moments with #womenIRL.
This funny momma was named Closer (a British publication) magazine’s Mummy Blogger of the Year and has published a hilarious Sunday Times bestseller; The Unmumsy Mum. One peek at her feed explains why she’s such a hit. @theunmumsymum makes us laugh out loud with her cheeky captions, real life photos and screenshots (yes, it’s okay to fancy Justin Bieber).
What do your kids say when you’re not around? If you’re lucky, they aren’t repeating everything they’ve heard at home or getting too creative with their words. @livefromsnacktime is the “overheard in the classroom” Instagram all parents should follow. It’s like office banter, but so much funnier.
This feed isn’t about allergies or sensitive tummies. @mykidcanteatthis is about the strange peculiarities kids have when it comes to meal time. For example, maybe what mom is dishing out isn’t the right color, or maybe it doesn’t taste right because a rat didn’t actually make the ratatouille. It’s beyond us what logic they subscribe to sometimes; we just wish they would tell us before putting in the effort to actually cook. At least @mykidcanteatthis knows how we feel; tag your photos with #mykidcanteatthis to share your story.
As parents, we can probably recall a situation where the handle phrase was absolutely true. Sometimes having a kid is more like having a roommate who loves to play pranks—pranks for which you don’t have the time. Whether it’s a kitchen covered in flour, or permanent marker scribbles all over your laptop, @kidsaretheworst knows who the culprit is.
Karen Alpert, the author of I Want My Epidural Back, runs an equally funny Instagram about her adventures in ‘mediocre parenting.’ @babysideburns posts the ups and downs of parenting, all with a sunny disposition that makes us glad to follow a momma like her. Hey, as long as the kids are smiling and loved, “mediocre” parenting is the best parenting.
What would a two-year-old’s Instagram look like? Run by @mommyshort, who is also the brainpower behind @averageparentproblems, @insta2yearold all about seeing the world from a toddler’s perspective. Even though the captions are extremely well written, this account, from the photos to the inner thoughts (aka captions), is surprisingly accurate and real.
Behind the My Life Suckers YouTube channel is the @mylifesuckers Instagram feed. This mom posts hilarious memes and photos that look like they could’ve come from our own photo roll. In fact, her feed is kind of like how Instagram originally intended pictures to be: unedited, instant snapshots of meaningful moments. Follow @mylifesuckers for instant chuckles.
This account had us at “twisted suburban mom humor.” Filled with original memes about wine, parenting and kids, @foxywinepocket offers up a daily dose of reality. You need to follow this account to survive.
Do you follow any hilarious Instagrammers? Let us know in the comments below!