It’s no secret that the images we post on Instagram are a virtual window into our perfectly filtered life. On IG, our kids are perfect… always ready to smile for the camera, their hair is always combed, their clothes are unstained and wrinkle-free, and they get along wonderfully with their younger siblings. Obviously on Instagram, our kids are perfect.

Let’s be real… for every solid picture of your kid on Instagram, there are 30 failed attempts of the same image sitting in your camera folder. Yup, cat’s out the bag. Here are Kids on Instagram vs. Kids In Real life. Is there a filter that puts a glass of wine in our hands so we don’t lose our cool?


1. Playing with the dog on Instagram.

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Playing with the dog in real life.

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2. Bedtime on Instagram.

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Bedtime in real life.

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3. Painting on Instagram.

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Painting in real life.

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4. Family time on Instagram.

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Family time in real life.

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5. Sibling bonding on Instagram.

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Sibling bonding in real life.

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6. Outfit of the day on Instagram.

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Outfit of the day in real life.

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7. Meal time on Instagram.

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Meal time in real life.

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8. Going swimming on Instagram.

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Going swimming in real life.

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9. Baking with kids on Instagram.

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Baking with kids in real life.

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10. Christmas on Instagram.

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Christmas in real life.

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11. Playing in the water on Instagram.

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Playing in the water in real life.

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12. Playing with Mom’s things on Instagram.

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Playing with Mom’s things in real life.

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13. Playing sports on Instagram.

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Playing sports in real life.

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14. Sharing with others on Instagram.

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Sharing with others in real life.

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15. Potty time on Instagram.

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Potty time in real life.

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16. Exploring nature on Instagram.

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Exploring nature in real life.

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17. Helping with chores on Instagram.

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Helping with chores in real life.

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18. Beach trips on Instagram.

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Beach trips in real life.

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19. Hairstyles on Instagram.

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Hairstyles in real life.

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Life is like a box of chocolates. We wish we could learn all about it from Mrs Gump. Our favorite southern mama raised Forrest on her own, did whatever it took to protect her family, and always coordinated her hats with her outfits. She’s our hero, and a definite mom crush.

When you’re expecting your first child there are a few things every parenting book and magazine tells you. Good things like how much joy you’ll feel when you first see her precious face and not so good things like how you won’t sleep for months. There are other parenting truths however that are so terrifying that popular parenting books don’t dare mention them for fear that every reasonable adult on earth would immediately line up for voluntary sterilization if they knew and quickly cause the extinction of the human race.

These are truths you’ll only hear about from your closest friends, like how breastfeeding will not only make your boobs sag but get smaller at the same time, and how there’s a good chance you’ll poop on the delivery table. Well consider me your best friend because I’m here to tell you ten truths about raising kids that you probably won’t ever find in any parenting books.

1. The toddler years are way easier than the teen years.

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You think that temper tantrum your two year old is throwing is rough? Just wait until she’s thirteen and you can’t throw her over your shoulder and put her in the time out chair anymore.

2. Eventually you will cave.

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Remember before you had kids and you were all “My children will never use electronics!” Soon you realize that the iPad equals getting to take a shower, clean the house, or read a book uninterrupted, and all those perfect parenting ideals you once had are out the window.

3. Bribing your children may seem like a shamefully poor parenting technique but it’s not because it works, damn it.


I potty trained my kid in three days using M&Ms. Ain’t no shame in my game, yo.

4. Parenting will make you hate your spouse.

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Try to take turns changing poopy diapers.

5. You won’t know what that picture they drew you is but you will love it and you will hang it up anyways.

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It’s important to encourage all of your child’s creativity, even if it’s slightly pornographic.

6. You will lower your standards of cleanliness whether you like it or not.

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Remember when your house looked like something out of Better Homes and Gardens? Now it looks like Jackson Pollock vomited in your living room.

 7. You will imagine that your kids will be best friends and always get along. They won’t.


It would be prudent to get some referee training to get through the first twenty years.

8. Your idea of family fun and their idea of family fun are totally different.


Educational trips are never a good time.

9. They hurt themselves all the time.

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Parenting tip: Making them wear helmets every waking moment can really cut down on trips to the hospital.

10. You will get surprisingly good at pooping with an audience.

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However, when you want them to go to bed at night, all of a sudden those little jerks are nowhere to be found. Try calling in a sing songy voice “Ohhhh guys, mommy’s heading to the potty, just a quick poo…” then wait until they all come running and make a quick turn into their bedroom and lock the door. Works every time.

What if a job required 18 hours of work a day, didn’t include benefits, the clients constantly acted like children, and also no one got paid? Yep, welcome to motherhood! These hilarious stay-at-home-moms keep it very real, and they inspire us to keep going. Even when our ‘bosses’ barf in our hair in the checkout line.

Whether you’re a Samantha or a Carrie, we’re pretty sure anyone can appreciate a strong mama with a sense of independence. Miranda Hobbes is a high-powered lawyer who’s prepared to be a single mom, though since this is Sex and The City she gets her fairytale ending anyway. But she gets through the rough patches by sheer power of will, and we’ve got a lot of respect for this tough mother.

Some moms spend every moment worrying about their children, working on their relationships, and just generally making sure they’re winning at parenthood. These moms aren’t those moms. Our mom crushes this week are a few of our favorite dgaf tv moms, the ones who say what they’re thinking and do whatever they want. Lucille Bluth, Roseanne Barr, Gabrielle Solis, Nancy Botwin, and Sophia Petrillo are our role models, and this Mom Crush Monday goes out to them.