Being a mommy or daddy is a one-of-a-kind experience, especially in D.C. where families from across the globe come to set up roots. But there are some overarching—often hilarious—truths about parenting in The District (i.e. the year-long waitlists for preschool, the cupcake wars—one kid wants Georgetown and the other wants Sprinkles, and how your little one learned some of their colors by studying the metro map). Read on for the 15 signs you’re a DC parent, and then let us know in the comments section below which signs ring true for you.

#1 A trip to the Mall involves museums, not stores or a food court.

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#2 While running errands you’ve stopped in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia…on the same day.

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#3 Your kids try to guess if the helicopter they just spotted was carrying President Obama.

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#4 Your kids know to stand to the right.

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#5 Your three-year old can count to 10 in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

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#6 “August recess” is something Congress does, and has nothing to do with your kid’s school.
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#7 You know how to say and spell Clemyjontri Park without hesitation.

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#8 You have pictures of your kids with George,  Teddy,  Abe and Jefferson, and they’re all playing baseball.

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#9 Your child is a regular watcher of “Meet the Press.”

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#10 Your kid is a cupcake connoisseur.

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#11a You’ve looked at every preschool in a five mile radius and they all have waitlists.
#11b Your friend is on the same school waitlist and she isn’t even pregnant yet!

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#12 “I got stuck behind a motorcade” is an excuse you use often when dropping off or picking up your kid late. Except it’s not an excuse.
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#13 Your kid wants to take up rowing.

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#14 Your kids have friends who don’t know what their parents do because it’s top secret government work.

CIRCLE-TIME

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#15 You listen to go-go music while cleaning the house.

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#16 Fast food comes from a truck, not a drive-thru.

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Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments below what makes you a bonafide D.C. parent. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady