A Typical Day in the Life of a Parent, in 6 Words


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Routine? Yeah right.

6 words graphicWe parents know the drill: Every day is a circus. Every day is a carnival. Every day is a prison break wrapped in a mutiny dipped in dirty socks, cracker crumbs and lost homework.

Welcome to parenthood.

Everyone’s flavor is a little different, the smells wafting from the kitchen aren’t the same, and although the noise levels are probably pretty consistent across the board – with decibels that make a Concorde jet sound like a nose-hair trimmer – it’s not a life I’d ever, ever change.

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s assertion you can tell any story in a six-word sentence, I again asked bloggers, friends and strangers (and a few strange blogger friends) to sum up a typical day of parenthood in six words. As if one existed. You gave me everything from sacred to profane. As suspected.

Here’s the collection. And during this busy holiday season, keep counting to six on your fingers, because you’ll get another prompt, starting today. Hint: It will post on Christmas.

Thank you everyone for your contributions! Enjoy.

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1. Always busy balancing everything, need wine.

Cynthia, of You Signed Up for What?!


2. Eat, clean, play, clean, sleep, repeat!

Jamie J., of Kreyv


3. Pour the wine it’s gone 7 p.m.

Fiona, of Coombe Mill


4. Running practice drills leading to independence.

Michelle N., of A Dish of Daily Life


5. HOLY SHIT, WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog


6. Every day is a new adventure.

Michelle S.


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7. And now, I do the Zumba!!

Lesley B., of Time out for Mom


8. Balancing sanity, insanity and indescribable love.

Blair F., of Baby for Scale


9. When does this roller coaster stop?!

Rabia L., of The Liebers


10. Love and hugs mixed with attitude.

Melissa P., children’s author


11. Answering a thousand questions about nothing.

AnnMarie G., of Tidbits from the Queen of Chaos


12. Parenting teenagers: pulling hair, gnashing teeth.

April P., of My Bizarre Family


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13. Kisses, laughter, tears, memories. Always learning!

Toni P., of A Daily Dose of Toni 


14. Drive kid here, drive kid there.

Dana H., of Kiss My List


15. Worry, laundry, homework, tantrums, love, repeat.

Ilene E., of Fierce Diva’s Guide to Life


16. Parenting has been a rewarding experience.

Jessica, of the Wondering Brain


17. Do my best – and drink coffee.

Kim, of Co-Pilot Mom


18. I’m going out of my mind!

Marcia D., of Menopausal Mother


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19. Two kids, only the strong survive.

Tiffany B., of Gladiator in Heels


20. I consume a lot of chocolate.

Amber M., of Airing My Dirty Laundry One Sock at a Time


21. Not enough coffee, never enough time.

Alison L., of Writing, Wishing


22. ‘Typical’ isn’t in the parenting vocabulary.

Karen B., of Baking in a Tornado


23. Always fear long periods of silence.

Delia J., of Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama


24. Quiet, stirring, chaos, panic, joy, repeat.

Gina V., of The Glamorous Life of the Modern Day Soccer Mom


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25. Advice and love replace wiping bottoms.

Renee H., of Rendezvous with Renee


26. Get Dressed. Eat. Hurry! We’re late!

Jenn S., of Jenn’s Midlife Crisis


27. Early morning quiet, late day chaos.

Kim T., of Day with KT


28. Early mornings, late nights, indescribable joy.

Sara L., of Sweet Silly Sara


29. Never fry bacon without your shirt.

Suzan D., of Welcome to the Nuthouse


30. Mix love and patience, add giggles.

Tracie N., of From Tracie 


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31. Wake up and smell the drama.

Toby S, of Real Dumbass News


32. Sniffed an armpit that wasn’t mine.

Ashley M., of Surf and Sunshine


33. Fun adventure mixed with hectic routine.

Leah D., of Raising Flowers and Skids


34. Go shoot your brother somewhere else!

Colleen S., of Mommie Daze


35. Love with a smart heart, be present.

Michelle A., of Tell Me About It


36. A battle of good versus evil.

Allie B., of Vita Train 4 Life


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37. Do you have to go pee?

Raine V., of Pursuit of Peace


38. Constant surprises, usually the good kind.

Rivki S., of Life in the Married Lane


39. Walking by faith, I lead them.

Columba Lisa S., of Susanna’s Apron


40. Loving support in all ways, always.

Carrie, of Lead Our Lives


41. Millions of little surprises await me.

Tricia, of Raising Humans


42. Chauffering all day. Snack crumbs everywhere.

Gina T., of Full of It


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43. Didn’t I just change that diaper?

Rebecca D., of Diz Mommy


44. Not certain we did that right.

Leanne S., author of Writings and Ruminations


45. Beautiful chaos sprinkled with bear hugs.

Christine Y., of Love Life Surf


46. Extreme joy while also watching clocks.

Tamara B., of Tamara Camera


47. Parents give you wings and chores.

Shawn B., author of the book Grace Awakening: Dreams and Power


48. Get in the car, we’re late!

Lisa, of Notes from the Shallow End


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49. Teary tantrums turn into fierce hugs.

Nicole G., of Work in Sweats Mama blog


50. Hardest, most rewarding job in life.

Jennifer B., of Mommy B Knows Best 


51. I love you more than sleep.

Jenny K., of In Somnis Veritas


52. Kids! I am only one person!

Kari G., of Miss Bloggypants


53. Good luck. Nice try. I’m sorry.

Amanda, of Mommy is Coo Coo


54. I love you! I hate you!

Kristi B., author of The Blacksheep Mom


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55. Constantly worried and second guessing yourself.

Elena, of Cropped Stories


56. Parenting is exhausting but so rewarding!

Natalie, of From Corporate to Domestic


57. Chaos, beauty, exhaustion, peace, joy, love.

MaryAnne K., of Mama Smiles


58. Why I am wet? Oh shit.

Kara K., of It’s a Dog Lick Baby World


59. Chauffeuring, cooking, nagging, guiding, role-modeling, loving.

Carrie R., author of The Write Transition


60. Meltdowns, whining, laughter, rinse and repeat!

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic


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61. Wipe butts, playtime, never-ending mess, sleep?

Emily K., of Our Knight Life


 62. Life on repeat, yet changes everyday.

Stephanie R., of So I’ve Been Thinking


63. Focus on love, encouragement, and helpfulness.

Amber H., of City Girl on Hicks Farm


64. Drop off, wait, go home…repeat.

Lynn K., of For Love or Funny


65. No such thing as perfect parenting.

Angela K., of Writer Mom


66. Oh God – they’re just like me!

Eli P., of Coach Daddy


rewarded
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67. Sometimes frustrating, repetitive; always amazed, rewarded.

Janna T., author of Janna T Writes blog


What would your six words be?

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181 thoughts on “A Typical Day in the Life of a Parent, in 6 Words

    1. Thanks Meredith! Glad I found your link up. I’ll definitely be back. And I’m going to send you the prompt for the next 6 words post, in case you want to join in.

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