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


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


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 

wake up
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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

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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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    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks – it was a blast to put together!

  1. What a fun idea! Thanks so much for linking up too! Hope you’ll come back?? 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      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.

      1. Sure! That sounds fun (and easy). 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It’s not so easy, so I’ve been told – 600 words is easy, six is not.

      3. Yeah, I’m pretty verbose most of the time. So, it might be hard for me too, but I like your next prompt. So, I think I’ll join in the fun.

  2. Hahaha this is hilarious! I remember when my brother and I would fight, my mom would send us outside to duke it out : )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Who came out on top, Megan?

  3. These are great, as always. I swear I sent mine…maybe I dreamed it.

  4. Hello Eli! I’m a late-comer to your blog, as my children are grown now and I’m busy lovin’ on the grandchildren. However, since parenting is a life-long commitment, here is my six-word description: a lifelong, life changing, breathtaking adventure.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hi, Christie! Great to see you here. You couldn’t have said it better than that!

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