People generally go to Instagram for stunning photography, drool-worthy images of gourmet food and the occasional picture of their friends' vacations—but everyone loves a laugh, too! And naturally, no one needs a laugh like parents.
Since parenting humor can be a bit hard to find on Instagram, we've done the searching for you! If you'd love to filter some parenting hilarity into your feed (maybe a little something to enjoy while you're taking a social media break from all the kid chaos), follow these nine funny 'Grammers who'll keep you laughing until you're ready to face the chaos again.
1. Women in Real Life
Run by the folks at Real Simple, @womenirl curates "life's real, unfiltered moments" from the site's editors as well as Instagramming moms everywhere using the hashtag #WomenIRL. The results are a daily reminder that you're not alone when the sink is overrun by dishes, you find a kid's sock in your coffee or your toddler just WILL NOT get off the floor at Home Depot. You know, the usual stuff moms deal with.
"'Sock coffee. A parent's worst nightmare.' —@megenboyd #WomenIRL"
"'I'm considering starting a series called 'Public Tantrums' featuring places I have waited for my 3 year old to get up off the floor. Today's photograph features Home Depot. Wait time: Approximately 4 minutes.' —@mamatoga #WomenIRL"
2. Mommy Shorts
With her quick wit and cute-as-a-button kids, Ilana Wiles of @MommyShorts manages to make her 102K+ Instagram fans feel right at home in her urban New York City life. Get your Instagram eye candy fix with her gorgeous, thoughtfully-composed photos while also having a healthy dose of mom-giggles.
"Native New Yorkers always look like they know where they are going. #minimanhattanite"
"Someone went a little crazy with a pink stamp when I wasn't looking. In addition to the four 'Frozen' tattoos on both her arms, I think Mazzy is preparing me for her future tat sleeve."
And speaking of Mommy Shorts, @insta2yearold is the work of Wiles' toddler, Harlow, or at least it's a glimpse at the world from her perspective. If you've ever wondered, "What on EARTH is my kid thinking??" now you know. And it's hilarious.
"I wonder at what point today my mom realized her wallet was missing. #newtoy #pickeditoutmyself"
"This is my passive-aggressive way of telling my mom to CUT. OFF. THE. CRUSTS."
4. Kids Are the Worst
"We love them a lot, but sometimes kids are the worst." That's the tagline for @kidsaretheworst, the Instagram account that shows us exactly how dirty, destructive and ridiculously funny kids can be. As a mom, sometimes your days are long and frustrating—and sometimes you need to see someone else's kid covered in butter to put it all in perspective.
"She's toast. #StopTryingToButterMeUp photo thanks to @robbles #kidsaretheworst"
"This is why toddlers are dogs' best friends. #CommunalChex picture thanks to @rachel__elder #kidsaretheworst"
5. Baby Sideburns
When Karen Alpert isn't busy writing NY Times bestselling books, you might find her posting pics at @babysideburns in hopes of helping out other parents "by admitting that parenting is like crazy hard for everyone." Her account is often funny and sometimes I-think-I-have-something-in-my-eye sweet, but always really relatable.
"ZOEY: I'm gonna screw you, Mommy. ME: No doubt you are, Zoey. Many manyyy times. #yourgoalinlife #imscrewed"
"Wait, whatta you mean this is illegal? But he's so damn happy. #childrensmuseum #mommysparadise"
Our kids have Nickelodeon for entertainment, and moms have NickMom.com—including their Instagram account, @officialnickmom. Focused on finding the laugh-out-loud funny in motherhood, they even give real moms a visual voice by offering them a chance to take over the NickMom feed! Check out their account for details—and lots of laughs.
"Generally speaking, here's how to tell your 3-year-old has had an accident in a bookstore."
"Don't fret. You go to bed ... relax. I'll pick it all up. #MomLife #InstagramTakeover by @JillSimonian / The FabMom.com #LifeOfANickMom"
7. Asshole Parents
Have your kids ever gone off the deep end, to the point you start to wonder if maybe it's YOU with the problem? On @assholeparents you'll see that yes, in fact, you are the one who's being unreasonable—at least, according to your kids. As they put it, "Have you ever suggested your child eat a granola bar that was broken? Well then you, too, might be an #assholeparent."
"I'm making her get out of the pool after two hours so we can take them to the carnival. (Via @chellearellano)"
"I wouldn't 'turn down the noise' in the restaurant (i.e., other customers talking) while she watched 'Frozen' ... (via @happytravelkids)"
8. Does This Match
Meredith Hernandez has two adorable girls who (adorably) rarely wear clothes that match. And you thought your kids were the only ones! Follow @doesthismatch for cute kid-found fashion and other mom-friendly funnies.
"Future significant others can thank me for encouraging her excitement over a birthday dinner at Arby's and unwrapping a package of Mint Oreos. #sorrynotsorry #HappyBirthday #CheapDate"
"Present Karma — When you give a 10,000 bead jewelry kit at their party, expect the mom to return the favor with a glitter tattoo kit."
Now if you don't mind us taking a moment to toot our own horn a bit, we think our 'Grams at @momdotme are worth a follow, too! We offer up a great mix of parenting news, inspiration and OF COURSE mom humor you won't want to miss.
"When one door closes, it usually means your 2-year-old is up to no good on the other side, so you'd better go open it."
Ha! They never are tired, are they? So, assuming we can get everyone to sleep at a reasonable hour and stay awake long enough to scroll through our Instagram feed tonight, who do you recommend we follow?