We all like to think we're pretty memorable people, that our dad jokes land, and our family actually likes them and isn't laughing out of pity or just to stop us from telling another one. Though we know deep down that's the case. These parents didn't really have that problem this decade.
Here are some of the best, most inspiring, and downright knee-slappingly hilarious content moms and dads have posted that have brightened the internet's day. Will we be as cool as them? Probably not.
The Dad Who Spectacularly Roasted His Daughter's New Tattoo
This is a dad joke gone so meta that, of course, it made all of us smile. This dad's copycat response is definitely what most parents really want to do whenever their kid gets a dumb tattoo, which is about 100% of the time.
He Was A Dad First And A Fan Second
This dad really let his son know about the dangers that smoking can pose on your health. Maybe it wasn't in the most delicate or private place, but at least he's learning a valuable lesson about cause and effect.
A Year For The Booked
These parents had everyone howling just because of how petty they got over their son getting arrested. To be fair, if they're never going to let him live it down they might as well be festive about it.
Scottish Artist Lucy Scott Got Real About Parenting
2015 saw artist Lucy Scott get real about the struggles of being a new parent in her book Doodle Diary of a New Mom. This is close to being completely accurate—it would be perfect if she added a couple of soothers stuck to her clothes that she was trying her hardest not to let drop on the floor.
The Dad Who Took Advantage Of Orientation Week
This dad was just trying to enjoy orientation week... even if it wasn't his own. Nothing cures empty nest syndrome like partying with all the Chads and Brads at the local frat.
Some Big Empathy In This Family
At least this dad was honest. He's providing fatherly wisdom and just trying to put everything in perspective for his daughter. Like saying her ex is a 4 at best that has a scraggly puberty mustache and wears ill-fitting jeans. Perspective.
This Mom Kept It Real With A Glass Of Wine In Marshall's
This absolutely iconic mom knows that a shopping trip is only complete if you're getting a little buzzed while you're on it. There's something about the wine getting the creative juices flowing and really helping you pick the right pastel pink throw to just tie the room together.
Mom's Really Are Geniuses
This mom is out here solving every household dilemma and she's well on her way to putting Amazon out of business. That is, if the delivery service is just in your home and is ran by a dog that loves you.
The Dad Who Stumbled Upon An 18 Yogurt Container Carnage After Leaving His Daugther Alone For 10 Mins
Nothing could compare to this story—ever. Dad Arron Whysall turned his back for 10 minutes and his two-year-old daughter proceeded to eat every yogurt cup in an 18-pack. How she did it, who knows, but all I'm sure of is that her dad definitely grew eyes in the back of his head after this one.
Dad Didn't Notice The Cheezit... For Four Years
Dad-vision is basically just dads seeing only what is directly right in front of them, the state of the oil in your car, and how long the grass is getting in the yard. They're blind to everything else, hence why this cheez-it stayed stuck up for four years.
The Dad Who's Heard A Ton Of Stories
They just haven't heard the end of one. They might get halfway through and then decide that there's something interesting on their shirt at that moment so they stop telling it and wander off. It would almost be better if they didn't remember they never finished it so they start over again.
He Got Cochlear Implant Tattoo After His Daughter Needed One
When Alistair Campbell's six-year-old Charlotte needed two cochlear implants, this dad decided he'd show his support in the kindest way. This is a sweet and permanent reminder of their bond, and I'm sure seeing it brightens Charlotte's day.
This Dad Was So Accurate About The Reality Of Going To Kid's Birthday Parties
The best part is the kids don't cover their mouths when they cough, stick their fingers in their mouths and then touch your face, and there's twenty of them all doing the same thing. The nonalcoholic orange soda served can't even take the edge off.
When This Dad Let His Son Design His Tattoos
In 2015, Keith Anderson let his child design the tattoos he would get on his body and the results are incredibly sweet. They're a great way to always carry around a piece of your child and you never have to worry about losing them.
Chrissy Hit The Petty Pregnancy Nail On The Head
Nine months is basically forever, but you don't have to remind pregnant women. Just imagine not being able to do anything fun for nine months while being sick as a dog the entire time. If this person really understood that they wouldn't be complaining.
This Dad Got Real About The Struggle Of The Lack Of Changing Rooms In Men's Washrooms
This dad's post about the lack of changing tables in men's bathrooms went viral and sparked a conversation around single dads and responsible parents. There's no reason why there shouldn't be changing tables in every bathroom, so hopefully, this coming decade will see the more widespread introduction of that.
This Mom Flew The White Flag Before She Even Fought The Battle
This kid just knows that the "sigh" is parent lingo for "I don't want to do this, this is going to suck and take a lot of effort, but I've got to do it anyway." It's commonly used when a kid pitches an idea involving glitter, the outdoors, or making their parent get off the couch again after finally sitting down for 30 seconds.
2016 Had 100 Million People Laughing Along With Chewy
Mom Candace Payne absolutely delighted the world in 2016 when she donned a Chewbacca mask and laughed hysterically. The video got 100 million views and you can bet half of them were from Chewy himself.
At Least We Know Jennifer Garner's Parenting Is Exactly Like Ours
When Jennifer Garner posted this little love letter her kid wrote to her, everyone on the internet went wild—probably because every parent has some version of this letter stashed away in their drawers.
The Kid Diet Consists Of Moms Never Winning
I wish I was on the child diet of being obsessed with a food one minute and then the next absolutely hating it—I would lose so much weight. Too bad kids seem to be the only people on this one.
This Mom Knew Her Kid Pretty Well
I mean, if this isn't knowing your child well then I don't know what is. This mom saw the fruit skewers and knew her kid was watching Prison Break on Netflix and that their brain would immediately go to shiv when they saw the fruit.
Parent Doing The Lord's Work And Educating The Masses
If this doesn't make her rethink what she said then Mary should go ahead and get sick and sneeze in her friend's face and open mouth to really drive the point home.
The Only Possible Explanation
Because in the parenting universe that somehow makes sense. Why is it in her hair? Who knows. Where did she get it? Also, who knows. But is it now this dad's sole responsibility to deal with it? Oh, absolutely.
Mom Who Took A Stand Against A School's Weird Dress Code
When mom Jennifer Smith got an invite from her son's elementary school for him to go to a 6th-grade pool party that required the girls to wear t-shirts over their swimsuits and banned speedos, she clapped back with an epic letter and a meeting with the principal. Because of her, the school didn't enforce the weird and bizarrely sexualizing dress code, but it's gross to think that the school even thought this way in the first place.
Dad Had Some Questions About His Kid's Fine Motor Skills
Kids also somehow know how to get into the bathroom while you're in there with the door locked and how to push all of your buttons at once. They're truly magicians when they want to be.
The Mom Who Gave Birth To Triplets And Was Honest About Her Body After
After giving birth to triplets, this mom shared what her body looked like just four weeks postpartum. People largely congratulated her on being so brave, while there were also those who were downright mean in the comments. It's great this mom took a stand against the social pressures surrounding women's bodies despite garbage people trying to bring her down.
Dad Wrote The School A Check In The Same Weird Math They're Teaching
If you've never heard of common core math it's basically just hieroglyphics that makes zero sense and is more confusing than actual math. So, this dad demonstrated that by writing a check to his kid's school in the same dumb format as the math on the curriculum.
Kids Aren't Dramatic... Never
You can bet that every single one of these bandaids is princess-themed as well because she insisted on it. They just heal better, every kid knows that and they will scream about it to get that point across.
His Vocabulary Was Never The Same After Kids
This is one way to make a salad taste better. Kids really do have the best names for things even if they make us think about the calories in salad dressing that we really, really didn't want to admit they carried. Will we change? No. Romaine is just too gross on its own.
The Mom Who Bravely Shared Her Pregnancy Cravings
This pregnancy craving is a combination you'd probably never think you'd see. But now that you've seen it don't you just want to try it? There's something beckoning you forward... it's the pulled pork, but sweet... it's calling you.