This was exactly the point in life where our story’s protagonist, Jackie, was at. Her marriage was going well, she had two gorgeous kids, but when the third arrived, things got rocky. One night, when she and her family decided to have a quiet dinner at a lovely restaurant, Jackie was met with an unexpected waitress; and her life changed forever.
A Night Out
Any mother will understand the importance of having a night out with her family once in a while. Especially if you’re a mom of three children and your life revolves around cooking and cleaning. Jackie had two small kids and a newborn at home, which meant she barely had time to take a shower.
So, when her husband suggested they all go out for dinner, she didn’t think twice and said “Yes.” The family got ready and went to one of their favorite restaurants – a pizza place in Des Moines, Iowa. Everything was going wonderfully until Jackie got up to use the restroom.
Jackie Notices Something Strange
As Jackie came out of the bathroom and walked back towards her table, she noticed a strange exchange of looks between the waitress and her husband and realized a piece of paper had been left on the table. Naturally, Jackie started to get very upset.
When she finally reached the table and realized the waitress had left a handwritten note for her husband, tears began to roll down her cheeks. The note looked very suspicious, and Jackie was doing all she could to get a look at what it said. Nothing could have prepared her for what she was about to read.
The only thing Jackie could think of was how much she wanted to burst out crying and yell at the waitress, but she knew she had to stay calm. Whatever was going on, making a scene at the restaurant was not going to help matters at all. Besides, her kids were eating happily at the table, and her husband hadn’t realized she had caught the entire thing as she walked from the bathroom.
She had to think about her next move very carefully. They were having a night out as a family, something that hadn’t happened since they had their third child, and she didn’t want to ruin it for no reason. Finally, Jackie decided to grab the note quickly and read it without her husband noticing.
There are few things harder in this life than being a parent, and motherhood, as amazing as it is, can leave you feeling emotionally exhausted. Like everything else in the world, being a mother has its good times and bad, and although any mother will tell you all the hard work is worth it, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel impossible sometimes.
So, with three kids under her care, Jackie was obviously tired and highly emotional, and noticing that note was just the cherry on top of the cake. The mere thought of her husband having a relationship with the waitress almost broke her entirely.
Not Knowing How to React
Being a mother of three with her husband of several years meant Jackie was no stranger to conflict or drama. She spent her days navigating her kids’ tantrums and messiness, acting as a referee every time they fought. Also, she knew how to discuss things with her husband every time they had a disagreement.
She was also aware of when it was necessary to take a break from a big fight. But what had happened with that waitress was new territory for Jackie. She couldn’t fathom how that waitress approached her husband and left a note for him so shamelessly and out in the open. The disrespect was killing her.
A Past in the Army
Jackie was undoubtedly a fantastic mom – she was loving, sweet, and always present for her three children. However, the friendly, polite, and elegant exterior didn’t mean she hadn’t experienced hardship; this supermom knew a thing or two about being tough. It turns out that, before becoming a mother, Jackie had been in the army and served for several years.
Even though she’d completed her service and left the army in a past life, the sense of discipline and toughness was very much a part of her. Jackie’s first instinct was to fight when she realized the waitress’s behavior, but she also knew how to keep calm in the face of a conflict, so she kept her cool.
The Tough Reality of Motherhood
Like Jackie, millions of women around the world have to make the difficult decision of dedicating themselves to their careers or becoming a mother. While it is possible to juggle both, it really depends on what kind of career we’re talking about, and being a soldier is one that requires complete devotion. Jackie knew this very well, and she chose motherhood, ultimately becoming a mom to three beautiful kids.
Leaving her army career behind, Jackie became a stay-at-home mom and was as busy as possible. However, the natural insecurities started to creep in anyway. She always tried to look beautiful and stay attractive, but she was constantly insecure that this wasn’t enough. After all, she was aware that her husband was a very handsome man that was always getting attention.
The Perils of a Handsome Husband
It was no secret to Jackie or anybody else that her husband was very attractive. She always noticed how women would stop and look at him, and although she obviously enjoyed having such a good-looking partner, it did spark uncomfortable feelings sometimes. Jackie wasn’t the type to show her insecurities, so she never appeared jealous.
This combined with the fact that she spent most of her time at home with three kids made her feel like she was losing her husband’s undivided attention. But that didn’t mean she was about to stand idly by while a stranger tried to make a move on her husband.
Jackie’s feelings will feel familiar to any mother in any part of the world, as having insecurities about oneself becomes pretty common. Jackie was exhausted and feeling insecure already, and the whole waitress incident at the restaurant was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
They hadn’t talked about it openly, but Jackie felt she and her husband had drifted apart. She adored her kids but also felt that she had lost an important part of herself. She was struggling to keep a balance between her role as an attractive woman and her role as a full-time mother of three.
True to her tough nature, Jackie never voiced any of her insecurities to her husband, but she definitely thought about them. Often, Jackie would dive into her own thoughts and wonder what her life would look like if her husband fell in love with someone else and left her.
She did her best to push these negative feelings out of her head, but she was finding it increasingly difficult. So, to Jackie, seeing that waitress hand a note to her husband while her kids were sitting at the same table was as close to a nightmare as she could imagine.
From Date Night to Family Dinner
Originally, Jackie and her husband had planned to go out on a date night to a romantic restaurant, just the two of them. But the fact that they had a newborn and two small kids made it hard to find a babysitter, so they ended up having no other choice than to take the kids with them.
The romantic night out turned into a family outing at a pizza place. Of course, they were happy to go out as a family, but seeing the incident with the waitress made Jackie secretly wish that her kids would have stayed at home.
Having a Newborn
Everybody knows that having a newborn is one of the hardest things for a parent. Regardless of whether it’s their first or their third child, taking care of a one-month-old baby is challenging for anybody. Logically, Jackie and her husband would have preferred to get dressed up and be picked up in a fancy car to a night on the town, but with a screaming new baby, that wasn’t exactly possible.
The night already started with trouble because their newborn would not stop crying from the moment they got in the car. Jackie was hoping the baby would fall asleep when they reached the restaurant, and she could sit down, relax and eat properly. However, this was not the case, and she had to start breastfeeding the baby almost as soon as they sat down at the table.
Feeling Judged and Unsupported
To make matters worse, as if a crying baby and not being able to have a meal in peace wasn’t enough, Jackie had to deal with the judging stares of other diners. The second she lifted her shirt to start breastfeeding her child, everybody turned around and started eyeing her.
You would think that people had evolved and finally come to understand that breastfeeding is the most natural act in the world. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and people love to criticize and comment, seemingly forgetting that a mom needs all the support she can get. The evening had already started out on the wrong foot.
Luckily, not only was Jackie an army veteran that had seen it all, she was a mother, and that made her invincible. Although she noticed the stares, this wasn’t the first or last time she would deal with this, and she knew how to ignore ridiculous judgment from strangers. She continued feeding her baby as if she was alone in the room, impervious to others.
Jackie managed to breastfeed her baby while taking small bites of her pizza with her other hand. She was successfully ignoring the looks of diners, but she couldn’t figure out why the waitress was staring so intensely at her. This was well before the whole note incident.
Dismissing the Gossip
Not only did Jackie have to deal with stares, but the gossiping and whispering among the other diners was incessant. It seems they were all whispering about the “horrible” breastfeeding incident as if she was doing something appalling. Obviously, Jackie wasn’t planning on leaving her newborn hungry because of inconsiderate patrons.
She just went on breastfeeding and managed to drown out the noise. Since becoming a mother, she had become an expert at ignoring noises she didn’t want to hear, so she was already trained for this moment. Still, it was incredibly unnecessary and disrespectful, and things were about to get worse.
The Waitress Would Not Stop Staring
It was one thing to ignore the customer's glares and murmurs, but one of the waitresses at the pizza place would not look away from Jackie. She realized that from the moment she started breastfeeding, the waitress had locked eyes on her without looking away for a single moment. She couldn’t understand what the problem was, after all, she was also a woman.
Had she never witnessed breastfeeding before? Did she not have sympathy for a fellow woman in a complicated situation? Jackie kept getting angrier at the waitress, becoming increasingly confused by her attitude. Finally, her baby had fallen asleep, and she could take a second for herself.
The Mystery Note
After basically breastfeeding for the entire meal and not being able to eat herself, Jackie finally had a moment to breathe. Her husband asked for the check, and she took the opportunity to go to the restroom before leaving. She never expected to see the same waitress that had been staring at her all night handing her husband a note.
It seemed as if the waitress had been waiting for Jackie to leave the table to hand him the mysterious note. What did it say? Did her husband know this woman from before? Jackie felt like her world was crumbling down, and the exhaustion nearly got the better of her.
The Look on Her Husband’s Face
Jackie’s husband seemed confused by the waitress handing him a note, so he started reading it immediately. What he didn’t know was that Jackie had seen the whole thing on her way from the bathroom and was actually looking at him to see his reaction. Suddenly, Jackie noticed her husband’s face change, she couldn’t make out what his reaction was.
Jackie felt like she couldn’t breathe, was this the beginning of the end of her marriage? What could that waitress possibly want with her husband? Did she not notice he was a father of three and married? Jackie was frozen, just staring at her husband to see what he did next.
An Unexpected Reaction
While she stood frozen halfway towards her table, Jackie thought to herself that she would immediately know what was going on once she saw how her husband reacted. She was waiting for him to brush off the note and rip it to pieces, but instead, he took out his phone. Jackie was white as a sheet as she saw her husband dial a number on his phone.
He was dialing the waitress’s number! She felt her world crumbling down. Jackie felt like the man she married became a stranger before her eyes, his kids and newborn were sitting right there, and he was saving another woman’s number? It took all of Jackie’s strength not to burst out crying right there and then.
Right Before Her Eyes
As if it wasn’t bad enough that she had to stand there and watch her marriage fall apart, Jackie suddenly realized that her husband was moving his chair to get up from the table. He started to walk towards the waitress! Was this actually happening?! Jackie was sure she must have been dreaming for a second, she simply couldn’t believe her husband was about to start an affair that very second, in plain sight.
Was her husband done with the marriage? Jackie couldn’t fathom how she didn’t realize her relationship was failing so miserably. She couldn’t help but think that the happiness she had felt from getting a night out with her family had just turned into despair, perhaps this being the last time they all ate together as a family.
The Anger Starts to Rise
After the initial feeling of absolute shock, Jackie felt immense sadness as she tried to understand the situation. But then, anger immediately started to set in. How was this happening? Firstly, how did that waitress dare approach a married family man with three kids?
Then the thought of her husband, a man she’d been married to for years and had three kids with, so blatantly adding her number to his phone and then walking towards her was simply too much. Jackie couldn’t take such a slap in the face; she had just been away from the table for a few short minutes! She felt the ire rise up even more.
Jackie Couldn’t Take It Anymore
Finally, the rage got the best of her, and Jackie couldn’t stand there any longer just watching it all happen. Did her husband and that waitress really think they could do this in front of her kids and she was never going to find out? She ran towards the table and ripped the note right from her husband’s hands.
She pulled it so harshly that the paper tore in half. When Jackie finally set eyes on the piece of paper, she was dumbfounded. Was she hallucinating the words she was reading? Nothing made sense to her. Where was the phone number she was sure the waitress had given her husband?
Something Didn’t Make Sense
As Jackie’s eyes examined the note from front to back, she realized that not only was there no phone number written on it, but the note was actually the bill for their meal. And for some reason, the total had a significant discount. But still, Jackie couldn’t understand what this meant – why would a strange waitress give them a discount?
Was she already having an affair with her husband? Had her husband secretly been eating at that pizza place for years? Something was off, and Jackie couldn’t make sense of it until she finally spotted something when she took a closer look at the bill.
A Small Note
As Jackie took a closer look at the paper, she finally noticed there was a handwritten note in tiny writing at the very bottom of the bill. She brought the paper closer to her eyes so she could read it, and the first word she made out was “breastfeeding.”
What was this waitress’s problem? Was she actually confronting Jackie for breastfeeding at the restaurant? This was unacceptable; Jackie had dealt with stares and whispers before, but no one had ever had the gall to say something to her. That was it, the waitress was about to get a piece of Jackie’s mind.
Jackie Started Crying
Right as she was about to head over to the waitress in a huff, Jackie finally took a moment to read the entire note. She started to cry. She couldn’t believe what she was reading, she got more and more emotional until she finally burst out into full tears and a huge smile.
As we’ve said before, Jackie was a powerful woman and not one to show her emotions in public. So, whatever was on that note must have been some strong words to make her cry in front of the entire restaurant. The exhaustion and emotion got the best of her, and she just let everything go.
After reading every word of the note several times, Jackie kept holding the piece of paper in utter disbelief. She began to understand what the note meant and the waitress’s intentions by writing it. Jackie just sat in her chair, crying profusely, with her husband and kids looking at her in awe.
The note hit a sensitive spot in Jackie, and too many emotions took hold of her at once. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect her family outing at a pizza restaurant to end like this. She held the note in her hands and began to get the biggest smile on her face.
Something that started out so oddly ended up becoming a viral sensation. Those few sentences had made their way across the internet since they had shaken Jackie so much that she shared them with the entire world. She had to post it on her social media accounts and show the world, specifically other women and mothers, that there were people out there who supported them and had their backs.
The topic of breastfeeding still caused a lot of controversy, and she wanted to address it with people around the world and bring more awareness. Jackie was shocked after she began to see people’s reactions to the note. The comments were unbelievable.
Under a screenshot of the note, Jackie wrote, “I have breastfed three children. Discreetly and out in the open, I have breastfed them in countless places, both pleasant and unpleasant. I have gotten many looks and stares, but tonight erases any negativity I have ever received.” And she hit “post” on her social media.
The note had nothing to do with her husband. In fact, it was completely addressed to her and spoke about her decision to breastfeed in public and how admirable it was. The waitress was in awe of her and wanted to give her a message to let her know that even though everyone at the restaurant might have been judging her, she noticed Jackie and saw what a supermom she was.
The Waitress Was Mad at People’s Attitude
It wasn’t the first time that this waitress had seen a mother breastfeeding at the restaurant or in other public places and seen how other people reacted. She thought it was ridiculous and unfair for anyone to react that way towards a mother feeding her child, and she understood how hard it could be for women to be judged by complete strangers for doing something so natural.
The waitress, Bodi, wanted to show Jackie that she wasn’t alone and that at least one other woman in that room supported her. Bodi was fed up with seeing mothers have to deal with uncomfortable looks and comments, so this time, she decided to do something about it.
What Bodi’s Note Said
Jackie was beyond relieved that the note wasn’t a love declaration towards her husband or a phone number with the expectation of an affair. It also wasn’t a confrontation or judgment about her breastfeeding her newborn in a public place. On the contrary, it was a kind message written with the sole purpose of encouraging Jackie and lifting her spirits.
When Bodi printed out the family’s bill, she grabbed a pen and wrote, “I bought one of your pizzas… Please thank your wife for breastfeeding!”. Bodi wasn’t a mother, but she’d been around enough of them to know that breastfeeding was the most natural thing in the world, and it made her angry when other people judged her.
Sharing It With the World
Jackie felt so moved by Bodi’s note that she immediately wanted to share it with the world, especially so other mothers could know they had a support network. After all, it’s not common for a mom to get a note like that, with kindness and understanding, for public breastfeeding.
In her social media post, she went on to write, “I ate at Fong’s for the first time tonight. Having a fussy baby, I nursed him for a while in the booth and eventually left the table early as not to disrupt the restaurant. The waitress gave this receipt to my husband. I was speechless and emotional.”
Imagining the Worst
No words could have described what Jackie was feeling when she came out of that bathroom and saw the waitress hand a note to her husband. She felt a range of emotions when she saw her husband take out his phone and take a photo of the note.
She was sure this was the beginning of the end, and her marriage was on the verge of being destroyed. Fortunately, none of this was true, and the situation was instead a show of kindness towards Jackie that she never expected. She was over the moon with joy when she realized what was actually going on.
Her Husband Was Also Moved
The moment the waitress handed him the bill and he realized she had written something on it, Jackie’s husband was also confused. But after reading the kind words, her humanity also profoundly touched him. He immediately thought to take a picture with his phone so he could share it with his friends and family.
The comments and reactions to Jackie’s post, which included her husband’s photo of the note, were overwhelmingly positive and kind. Everybody was excited and moved to see such support among women and mothers. Additionally, it seemed people were aware of the stigma attached to breastfeeding and were equally motivated to normalize it.
The Importance of Normalizing Public Breastfeeding
This note may have been no more than a collection of three or four sentences, but it had a significant impact on Jackie and her family and their community. Without knowing it, Jackie started a discussion about breastfeeding and the importance of normalizing it in public spaces. Thousands of other mothers joined the conversation, sharing their personal experiences with public breastfeeding.
The fact that Bodi, who wrote the note, wasn’t a mother herself made the discussion go beyond motherhood, it made it about the importance of women supporting each other. Many women who weren’t mothers themselves supported Bodi’s opinions about breastfeeding. Jackie was overwhelmed.
Jackie Didn’t Feel Alone Anymore
Bodi’s note had a tremendous impact. It went a long way in making Jackie feel less alone in terms of motherhood. She got this encouraging and kind note from a stranger and sparked an online community of mothers that would eventually become her friends.
Jackie knew she wasn’t the only mother out there being criticized for doing something so natural as feeding her child, but getting feedback from mothers around the world meant everything to her. It is absolutely preposterous that any mother would get judged, criticized, or even stared at for doing something so natural and necessary for their child.
Creating a Community
As one does after posting about a controversial topic online, Jackie was getting ready to fend off negative comments and criticisms. She was expecting people to get uncomfortable with the subject and was even preparing to have a nasty discussion on her social media.
To her surprise, this couldn’t have been farther from reality. The moment she posted Bodi’s note, she realized the number of women who felt the same and were equally tired of dealing with bad looks and comments. Jackie inadvertently created a much-needed online community centered on public breastfeeding and motherhood in general.
The Reason Behind the Stares
Jackie remembered how uncomfortable she felt when she realized Bodi was staring at her so intensely back at the restaurant. She remembered how she felt so judged and couldn’t help but think that she was just being mean. But as Bodi later explained, she stared because she found it hard to look away from such a brave mom.
To her, the fact that Jackie had breastfed her newborn in public was a sign of courage and strength. “I tried not to stare because I didn’t want to seem creepy or make her feel uncomfortable, but I felt like doing jumping jacks!” said Bodi in a later interview.
Women Supporting Each Other
In any situation, it is always strange and unexpected when a stranger has a kind gesture toward us. People usually have their guard up and are unfortunately imagining the worst, but sometimes, things end up being quite different, and we’re very nicely surprised.
Especially when it comes to women, competition can become a real problem, so it’s of utmost importance for women to always support each other. Instead of judging, we should all react like Bodi did that night at the restaurant. Show people they’re not alone and give them encouragement when they’re feeling at their worst. Especially when it comes to mothers.
A Turning Point
That note signaled an important moment for Jackie, and she made sure Bodi knew it. She returned to the pizza restaurant the very next day to speak to Bodi in person and thank her for what she did. Jackie further explained that “although I don’t need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.”
Small gestures can go a very long way, and sometimes a four-sentence note is all you need to keep going. Jackie felt she needed to pay the kindness forward, so she took to social media to let other mothers know they weren’t alone either.
One Happy Family
Apart from getting reassured as a mother, Jackie got her confidence back as a wife. She realized she had nothing to worry about when it came to her husband and their unwavering relationship. They had a beautiful family, and that note just helped their union get stronger.
Once that note reminded Jackie that motherhood wasn’t about being perfect but about trying your best, she stopped self-criticizing so much and regained her sense of confidence. Besides, she became a part of an ever-growing online community which now added a new dimension to being a stay-at-home mom. That waitress surely had no idea what her act of kindness would bring about.
An Important Lesson
Little did Bodi know that her handwritten note would change Jackie’s life the way it did. She simply felt inspired to encourage a fellow woman that night and let her know that even though she was being stared at, she had somebody on her side that appreciated her.
Not only did Jackie get her confidence back, but she was now part of something much bigger – she was trying to normalize breastfeeding and help her fellow mothers a little at a time. She was a mother of three, a happy wife, and part of a wonderful, supportive community. Jackie’s life started a new chapter, and she never forgot Bodi.
Flirting young nannies hitting on husbands is something that only happens in the movies. That's what Grace thought until she heard her husband whispering something to their babysitter on the other side of the front door.
At first, she ignored the signs but then, life's reality was about to knock on her door. It proved that not always what you see is what you get and that there is more to handsome husbands, under-the-radar conversations, and hidden cameras.
Meet the Richards
John and Grace Richards had it all. He was a sophisticated out-of-a-magazine lawyer, and she was a happy and content real estate agent. They didn't have a worry to their name.
Like all young families, Grace was over the moon when she first got pregnant, however, she had no idea that along with a new baby, so would trouble and hard times be coming her way.
Many women carry a difficult pregnancy that can be accompanied by morning sickness, swollen feet, and an overall feeling of discomfort. But not for Grace.
Her pregnancy was easy and full of joy, and she considered them to be the best days of her life. She shone. As soon as the baby was born, things were about to change.
A New Struggle
Everything was a struggle. She found it almost impossible to get back to her normal self and the baby blues she suffered from, took over her life.
She couldn't look at herself in the mirror. Instead of wanting to be close to her baby, all she wanted was to be alone, and worst of all, she felt her husband didn't desire her anymore.
It Wouldn't Go Away
Baby blues can creep up on any woman unexpectedly. It happens when the hormone levels are uneven, combined with the physical changes the body goes through.
Grace didn't know how long this was going to go on and never thought she had to seek medical advice. She just hoped it would disappear.
Back to Life
By the time her baby was eight months old, Grace wanted to go back to work. She felt that being occupied and getting involved with other interests besides her baby would help her get better.
John was busy with his occupation and personal stuff. Grace wanted her own life back too. Little did she know that things were not going to get better, in fact, they were about to get a lot worse.
The New Babysitter
Then Anna came into her life. Anna was the new babysitter Grace hired, so she could get back to work. She was young, talented, educated, and beautiful. Grace felt she won the jackpot.
Anna seemed to be the perfect companion for her baby and for the family, however, Grace was in for a surprise. Anna was a little more than just a babysitter. Grace began observing and analyzing the babysitter's behaviors that bothered her.
At first, Grace thought she was imagining things. She kept telling herself that she has been under a lot of pressure and that her mind is sometimes stronger than reality. As the days went by, her suspicions of Anna flirting with John were too much to ignore.
Not only was Anna flirting with her husband, but she also caught them once whispering to each other in the hallway. Was Grace imagining things, or was something going on?
A New Path in Life?
If Grace's self-esteem and confidence weren't shoved down to the floor, then the new Anna incident made sure they would. Grace gave birth not so long ago and perhaps John was looking for new and exciting things in life.
On any other day, Grace would have thrown her suspicions out of the window, however, this was happening in her own house and there was a limit to what she was willing to tolerate.
Things Were Changing
Grace began wondering if maybe it was time for new things in life. For one thing, she wasn't the same Grace John married a few years back.
Her dimensions were not the same, her energy was stuck in low key for a while and the smile on her face that used to brighten up any rainy day had disappeared.
Approaching John and confronting him was out of the question. He would probably manage to turn the whole story upside down making Grace feel bad for not trusting him.
She decided to give it some time. Maybe it was all in her head? In the worst case, she will realize nothing was going on, and no one gets hurt. Life, however, had other plans.
What could be more reliable than a camera? Grace wasted no time and bought two cameras to install in the house. One in the living room and one outside, by the entrance door.
With these cameras, she would be able to see for herself what her husband was up to. She had reached salvation. The cameras were the best way to solve this babysitter/husband mystery.
She Was Determined
As time passed, Grace became more and more suspicious that something was going on between John and Anna. She was uneased and the hope of things brightening up was becoming blurry.
She was certain that what she thought was going on, was indeed taking place. No one could tell her otherwise.
It Was Money Time
One week later, Grace was ready to look the devil in the eye. It was time to sit back and see what the cameras had to reveal. Deep within herself, she was hoping to be wrong.
Feeling nauseous, Grace played the camera's footage and paused each time it featured John and Anna together. Whenever she saw them alone, she paid careful attention, ready to confront her findings.
It Was Getting Too Close
Anna, being Anna, showed affection towards John which was revealed very clearly in the camera's films. What concerned Grace the most, was John's reaction to Anna's behavior and body language. She couldn't get her eyes off the screens.
Suddenly there was a knock on the door which ended her daily drama session, and she had to turn the documentary off.
An Unexpected Suprise
Just like in any good thriller, Anna was the one on the other side of the door. Anna put on her charming and irresistible smile and said that she has come to pick up her paycheck. She added that she was expecting to see John.
Oh was she, Grace thought to herself. She painted a fake smile on her face and before she managed to respond, John walked in.
Taking Things Outside
John insisted on paying Anna, not allowing Grace to reach for her purse. Not only that, he insisted on doing so outside and not in front of Grace. He walked Anna to her car.
John foolishly thought Grace went back into the house, however, she was there all along watching the cameras. She couldn't get her eyes off the two knowing that all of her suspicions were about to become her new reality.
Beyond the Eye Contact
John had always been an attractive man. Women have forever checked him out, but there was something more than that when it came to Anna. She wasn't just flirting with him. The two of them were communicating.
Grace knew she had to stay on high alert as without notice, she could turn around and her marriage would fall apart and be over.
Little Black Dress
Still watching the cameras, Anna's clothing drew Grace's attention. Maybe if some other less attractive girl would have worn the same little black outfit she wouldn't have been so concerned, but on Anna, it looked seductive.
Grace tried to push her thoughts aside and not pay attention to things that weren't really happening, however, the next thing that occurred couldn't leave her oblivious to the situation.
Anna placed her hand on John's arm. Grace could almost feel the warmth emitting from her hand. It was there and then that Grace knew for certain that something was going on. There was no need for storytelling. It was presented in front of her eyes.
John and Anna were romanticly involved, living a completely separate life in a parallel world and not making an effort in hiding it. Grace was devastated, however, she didn't want to allow her grief to take over.
Grace sat in front of the screen struggling to keep her tears away, and watched Anna and John walk towards the hallway. Anna approached closer to John and said something that Grace could only wish to hear.
What happened next, not only escalated Grace's sickening feelings but also revealed John in a light that was way out of character. This was not the man she married. Grace felt that her heart was about to stop.
No Words Needed
Anna and John looked closer than ever. John had his back to the camera so grace couldn't read his lips to try and figure out what he was saying. Understanding Anna was no issue as she said so much with so few words just by gesturing her little outfit at John.
Grace felt that the world froze. She couldn't stop staring at the screen and looking at her husband and the babysitter. She was watching her world being torn apart with her own two eyes.
The Moment of Truth
Grace continued to watch the footage and as John escorted Anna away from the house's entrance, Grace switched on to watch what the outdoor camera had to reveal. She felt the moment of truth was approaching and reality was about to explode.
Grace carefully watched John and Anna, however, what she was about to see was very different than what she was expecting. It looked as if John and Anna were having an argument. Was John breaking up with Anna?
Put Thing to an End
John rushed back into the house and left Anna crying outside all alone. Grace couldn't help herself and she ran out to her husband. "I fired her," John said. " I don't like the way she is treating me", he added.
Grace couldn't believe what she was hearing. He doesn't approve of how she is treating him? She asked herself. What was he expecting? Grace was confused and wanted to get to the bottom of this. If John and Anna are not having an affair, then what was going on?
More Than Ever
John turned out to be a more loving husband than Grace could ever wish for. He explained to her that he didn't approve of Anna flirting with him. That it was disrespectful towards her (Grace) and towards their baby.
Apparently, he had asked Anna on more than one occasion to stop behaving the way she does, but she never took his words seriously. Anna made John feel uncomfortable in his own house and he didn't like it.
Grace felt she had to come clean and shared with John what she had been going through. She told him about her suspicions, and about the cameras. She broke down and cried.
She felt guilty for not trusting her husband and for spying on him. She went on and said that ever since the baby was born, she was simply not herself. She thought he wasn't interested anymore and that their marriage was over.
John was shocked. He had no idea what Grace was going through. This was all new to him. If only she would have shared with him how she felt. He was devastated as much as Grace was.
They openly spoke about all that had happened, understanding that if they would have communicated with one another, all of this could have been avoided.
The Days After
After everyone came clean, Anna obviously lost her job. There was no room for people like her in the Richards home and no room for babysitters of that sort in Grace and John's lives.
But whatever happened to Grace? Did she ever recover from the condition she's been dragging since she gave birth? Did she ever come to terms with not being able to fight her battle on her own?
Do You Have to Let It Linger?
Grace's depression and posttrauma lingered on for a long time. After the John and Anna story, Grace knew she needed professional help and things weren't just going to disappear.
Her doctor assured her that she was not by herself on this rocking boat. That almost 20% of women suffer from similar syndrome after giving birth. For the first time in a long while, Grace didn't feel alone.
Breathing Once Again
It took almost one month of treatment and therapy for things to get back to normal and one morning, Grace woke up and felt that she could breathe again. Air was filling up her lungs and she was at ease.
The feeling of depression, anxiety, and longing to curl up in a ball melted away and she gradually started to come back to herself. It was time to invest good energy in her marriage and of course, in herself.
With the help of medication, therapists, and her loving husband, Grace realized many things about her condition. Mental health issues don't just go away. If neglected, they will eventually crawl back up and cause damage.
Grace regretted not treating herself sooner, however, she was thankful that she eventually came around to it. This condition which occurs after giving birth can happen to anyone, so what should you do if you feel one of the closest to you might be suffering from this situation?
You Can't Do It Alone
Communication is the first and most important thing. The new mother has to be aware of what she is going through, and comprehend that professional help is needed.
There are support groups, psychotherapists, designated medication, and more. If there is a strong, warm, and loving family around, the healing process will become faster and easier.
Together at last
John too has had his share of life lessons and he knows that in the future, whatever happens, and whoever enters their life, the most important thing to do is to communicate.
As for Grace, life has never been better. She might have gone through dark days, but when you reach such low places in life, you can only grow taller.
You've seen some important information about what can happen after giving birth, but what about actually raising kids? Keep reading for the best posts and tweets from first-time parents.
We all have irrational optimism when it comes to our own lives as a parent, it's like we think that maybe if we planned everything perfectly it will go well and there will be no surprises... Here's a peek into what your life will look like if you decide to take the plunge and start a family of your own, but you have been warned...
Traveling With Kids
If ever you want an up-to-the-minute reminder of what you're doing or where you're going, just have kids with you and they'll be sure to promptly remind you of every moment, no matter how mundane.
Just kidding, this tweet sounds more like an alarm clock that you can't snooze or switch off. It just keeps alerting you whether you want it or not. Oh, and every now and then, your children will yell and demand in a tightly contained space. Have a nice flight!
According to Science
Kids are known to have incredible reasoning abilities when it comes to getting what they want. They know exactly how to justify their motives, with indubitable facts that make you question your own sanity.
Who knew arguing with a 6-year-old would be this irrational and at the same time so insightful? In this case, science says hand over the Neapolitan.
Welcome to Parenting!
Just a friendly reminder that being a parent means you'll be faced with the harshest of critics, did you expect to have your cooking critiqued by amateurs after slaving away in the kitchen? Probably only if you're an aspiring chef.
It's not all bad though, because you know those same critics think nothing of eating insects or already chewed gum they found on the pavement. So the next time they refuse to eat their veggies and pressure you for some chicken nuggets, you know not to take it personally.
Terrified But Hopeful
Having kids means you constantly worry about them. It's relentless, even when they're old enough to drive you still worry (if not more) for their safety, and everyone else on the road!
Of course, with every milestone, there come a few perks. Once they're independent, they can drive themselves around and grab you your favorite order from McDonald's.
One quality you'll always hear about kids is their unflinching commitment to honesty. They don't care about your feelings and know how to tell you the truth. It only seems fitting that they take an already difficult announcement and make it even more brutal.
Clearly this six-year-old has won this round when it comes to delivering bad news, her mom is so proud, she even hopes she becomes a doctor just so she can use her creative mind to scare her patients.
So How Was Your Day?
We know why you're here — because you'd like nothing more than to have a decent conversation with your child, or at the very least, a few niceties exchanged when you're not occupied with life and other errands.
Unfortunately, in this pie-chart we call "How to spend quality time with your children," there's only a small sliver saved for convenient times that make for pleasant conversations, and it's been crowded out by the rest of your time.
The Benefits of Having Kids
What would you do if you were unburdened by the wonder and agony of your bloodline? Probably deal with life's little problems by yourself, but if you had kids, at least you could ask them for small favors to get you out of difficult phone calls.
Oh, the joys of parenthood! Clearly, this text proves that there are benefits to having kids. Now all your hard work and thankless efforts have paid off.
This woman's 5-Year-Old son stole her wallet one afternoon and ran off to play with it in his room. A few days later, she got pulled over and all she had to show for ID was this!
That's a tricky one to explain to the officer on duty, "um... Sir, sorry but it seems my kid stole my ID." That would work as a valid excuse, they should just believe you and let you go without a ticket...
Let It Go
Having kids means letting of any expectations you may have before having kids. That includes a weekly outing to your favorite restaurant, an exquisite vacation, and that perfectly planned photoshoot.
Now, with your beloved angel in tow, everything is different. It might be tempting to want everything to go as planned but you'd be better off ripping off that band-aid now than letting it slowly devour your hopes and dreams.
This curious case of the cellphone found in the toilet proved difficult to solve at first. When questioned, all three kids in this household claimed innocence and none of them would crack under pressure.
The parents were stumped and not sure how they could find the guilty party. So they looked through the evidence and luckily found photos of the incident that incriminated the culprit. Just another day in the life of a parent.
Kids Will Be Kids
Every parent has an adjustment period, and this period can fall anywhere on the spectrum from overanalyzing every single scratch and scrape their firstborn has, to not caring at all about their child's well-being.
This incident falls somewhere in between, where running into a wall isn't a cause for concern, but simply a calm remark that's stored away in case their child shows any symptoms later that day.
Sometimes all a creative kiddo wants is a blank canvas to draw on. Almost anything can be used from the walls to their sleeping parents' faces. As tempting as it may be to take a nap while your children play, it could result in a scandalous mess.
While your kids may appear adorable and innocent, they are still little sociopaths who will blame the dog for their own villainy.
A Comedy of Errors
One of the most maddening things that will happen to you when you have kids of your own is people telling you what you need to do before your life changes forever. Stuff like "go eat out as much as possible," and "sleep in."
But the most annoying thing is probably to "go to the theater for entertainment before you have kids," when having kids presents you with so many zany and amusing situations you will have enough entertainment to last you a lifetime.
And What About Tigger?
A short answer to this question would be the Hundred Acre Woods, but instead, Zack got confused by his son's question and gave him a lengthy explanation of the human digestive system.
That's totally on Zack for assuming what his son was asking about, but having kids does mean your mind will immediately jump to conclusions, making you draw conclusions that only question your own intelligence.
In our humble opinion, getting your daily eight hours of sleep is one of life's small luxuries, and having kids doesn't necessarily mean you have to exchange said luxury for sleepless nights. But you will need to accept that the paradigm has shifted and while you can still sleep, it's just going to be different.
Having kids means your sleep schedule will not fit neatly into an eight-hour window anymore, instead you can expect it to be spread over many hours with frequent interruptions.
If we've learned anything from kids, it's that peace and tranquility can easily be derailed. In this instance, this family spent their weekend away at an Airbnb to get some of that needed rest, but they didn't realize the bathroom doors had transparent glass, making their stalking toddler even more unnerving than usual.
Even a private trip to the bathroom proved to be frightful. This would be hilarious if it didn't look so scary!
All Hands on Deck!
Here's another look into the precarious life of a parent, with varying results, the dreaded diaper schedule from daycare. It looks like Maddie got the easy ones, while Brooke drew the short straw.
Brooke was not expecting this kind of explosion and seemed to faint right after filling in her report.
Ah, who doesn't love waking up to the fresh and pungent smell of urine in the morning? The best part about this is having to sterilize and disinfect what was once your oasis to get rid of the vaporized smell of pee.
Honestly, there could be nothing worse than the smell of pee diffused through your home.
Such a thoughtful and at the same time bleak message to write on a birthday card, she even included a drawing of the grim reaper to add an extra punch.
At least he has a heart on his chest, which is a nice touch considering the rest of the card's content!
After working from home for the past 9 months, this dad was finally asked to come back into the office so he shaved his beard, cut his hair, and put on his suit and tie, but his daughter did not approve and instantly burst into tears.
He only looks slightly worried, but that's because he knows he'll be out the door in a minute and won't have to deal with the mess he's made. He'll definitely miss his little girl at work.
Zooming in the Shower
Can you imagine how mortifying this must be?! Brian was taking what he thought was an undisturbed shower, only to have his six-year-old barge in with the laptop while the camera was on!
Never mind throwing a tantrum in the local supermarket, this is on a whole other level when it comes to embarrassing your parents. We bet this is going to lead to a seriously awkward parent-teacher meeting.
These Don't Go in Your Hair
Getting something stuck in your hair has happened to the best of us, from chewing gum to a tangled hairbrush. Both of those are problematic to remove but totally doable. But getting a whole box of 'Bunchems' stuck in your hair seems impossible!
Apparently, her brother decided it would be fun to see how they would look in her hair. The result is a complete mess and it took their mother 20 hours to get them all out! If that was our kid, we'd probably have it all shaved off by now.
'Best Farter Ever.'
This dad couldn't explain all the side-eyes and smirking glances he received from the other parents in his kid's class, but after a tour of his son's class, it all made sense. He found this photo on the wall of his classroom for photos of the year.
It sure is a sweet photo with a dad and his son while holding a mug that says "Best Farter Ever." It would be a shame if it was made public for others to see though, which is exactly what happened in this case.
Working From Home
If you're not used to working from home, you might have a bit of trouble adjusting to your new office, which is totally understandable. But throw your kids in the mix and distractions are bound to happen.
In this situation, it's important to lay down some house rules or put up a sign for when dad is in a meeting. Don't forget to list answers to possible questions!
When the Bread Runs Out
One of the best things about having kids is being privy to their imaginative worlds that show no bounds, but on the other end of the spectrum, their imagination has its limits.
Playing along with their pretend game can be tricky, you have to pretend their imagined world is real but then need to know where the confines of their imagination begin and end.
Slugs and All
Mayhem ensued as slugs escaped from this makeshift hospital and Chris Wilson was left unprepared and at a loss for words. If we were him, we would've told his kids that the slugs were healed and could go back home to their families.
But when you're in this kind of predicament it can be difficult to think on your feet and you may feel overwhelmed by the unpredictable whims of your kids.
Entertaining All Offers
Having kids means you'll occasionally have conversations like this. Ones that will make you want to return them so you can have some semblance of an adult life back. But one of the worst things about having kids is, there are no return policies!
So once you've had them, you're stuck with them for life and there's no rebates or concession. This is your life now and you'll just have to let them cry because they can't get in the oven with the lonely cornbread.
Here's another example of how being a parent can leave you questioning everything you thought you knew. Now, when you assume something, you might miss the mark completely and you'll end up with a bunch of chips scattered all over the floor.
This just proves that having kids can wear you down in even the most unexpected ways imaginable.
It's a Little Too Quiet in Here
Leaving your kids to their own devices is a slippery slope on the waterslide of parental responsibilities. On the one hand, kids need to explore and learn how to keep themselves busy, on the other, they could end up burning your house down.
Luckily, in this case, only minor violations occurred that left these plants with only slight injuries on their leaves. It could have been much worse and at least they still have their house intact.
Banksy Would Be Proud
Everything is a canvas to kids and they will act accordingly, which is why it's important to only give them paint that can easily be removed or washed away.
That goes for any permanent marker or pen that could be within their reach. You know what? Just keep it all locked away in a hard-to-reach drawer that's only accessible with a 10-digit code.
I Made It Myself
It's always refreshing when you get photos showing how well your son is applying himself while at school. Other times, you get get a photo like this, which leaves you scratching your head and wondering if he's really your son.
Of course, you would've hoped for better but here’s the thing: in order to achieve those brief moments of parental paradise, you just need to let it go and laugh it off.
Imagine waking up to this — either you'd be terrified or proud or a mixture of both. While we may think this is hilarious, few things are more maddening than being woken up by a painted pumpkin head, especially around six in the morning.
So maybe next time you wake up peacefully and soundly in your bed, after a good night's rest, make a mental note to remember how good you have it before you decide to have kids.
When you start a family of your own, you're basically writing up a contract of sorts, one that involves changing diapers throughout the night and cleaning up after someone else's mess for the next (hopefully) 18 years of their life.
This mess can include anything from lego pieces to laundry but the worst offenders of them all are crumbs from crackers or any crumbly foods. You have been warned.
No More Privacy
Another exasperating fact of parental life means never having any privacy, and when we say never, we mean it. If, after all of these clear and obvious warnings, you still decide you want to have kids, then it's totally on you.
What's worse is once your kids are all grown-up and have left the house, you'll miss them so much you'll have the empty-nest syndrome, which is a whole other issue you should be made aware of...
Saturday Mornings Are for...
If you don't have kids, then you can expect your Saturday mornings reserved for sleeping in and eating brunch at your favorite cafe, while you wonder how the rest of the weekend will unfold.
But once you have kids, you don't have time to wonder, all you can do is juggle your toddlers as they squabble about stealing air as you try your best not to lose your temper.
Passive Aggressive Notes
Someone once said, "it's the little things that make parenting so rewarding," but they forgot to mention that little things also come in passive-aggressive notes written in soap.
Obviously, this was meant to be found, but all we want to know is, what did dad do that was so horrible?
We Can Relate
Sometimes imaginary bullies are way worse than the real ones, not only are they always around, but they know just how to make your kiddo cry. If parenting wasn't hard enough already, now you're also responsible for more complex issues, like their self-esteem.
This might just be one of those cases that we would recommend you read one or two of those parenting guides... Is there a section titled "How To Handle Mean Imaginary Friends?"
Home-schooling your kids might seem like a more straightforward alternative for some parents, but as many can attest to, having to teach your kids is not as fun as you thought it would be.
In fact, it can be downright challenging, and being made responsible for their education means you might go insane.
Let It Snow
Apparently, asking your kids to close the car door behind them is too much. What's worse is that this happened in the middle of snowy winter and now the interior of your car looks like a winter wonderland.
It's times like these you really need to dig deep and find that last bit of dignity you have left, so you don't end up in jail.
Can She Babysit?
Having kids is like being aware of a whole other world you never knew existed, one in which your child speaks to your deceased relatives through the walls.
If that doesn't creep you out, we don't know what will! Either it's time to move or take your child seriously as a medium to the spirit world.
Feeding the Monster
You're not going to believe this, but this collection of chaos is what was found in the air conditioning vent. Apparently, kids find it amusing to wedge in whatever they can find in there and see what happens.
So if you ever wonder where your measuring spoons went, or those decorative eggs, you might want to check your air vents...
Like a Scene from a Horror Film
There is a certain level of the human need to retreat every once in a while and search for privacy or at least a little peace and quiet. Here's another photo showing just how hard that can be once you're a parent.
We're not completely without empathy, but we are filled with fear at the sight of those teeth and claws.
A Two-Way Street
Well, look how the tables have turned, it seems that even kids find parenting hard. In this case, a six-year-old found it challenging to teach her mother how to use the TV remote, and there's even a picture to illustrate it.
Sometimes parenting is a two-way street and as a parent, you're just going to let your kids teach you all you need to know about technology.
An Innocent Game of Tag
Playing tag can be a good workout, with moving and blood pumping, it can set the stage for healthier kids with stronger muscles. But this game can also turn into a wrestling match that might cause your neighbors to call the police.
It's best to tread lightly with this one and set some ground rules before a fight erupts into full-blown anarchy.
Every Move You Make
You should know by now that whenever you go to the bathroom, you're not going alone, even if you close the door behind you. Your kiddo will be waiting outside the door, checking in on you even if you've only been inside for two minutes.
It's like having a stalker you can't get rid of. Instead, you're obligated to take care of them...
Raising a child is a huge responsibility. You'll need to teach them all about safety and fire hazards and that in itself, can be exhausting. Here's a little bit of advice — perfect parenting doesn't exist, so just try your best...
In case of smoke, we all know there could be a fire somewhere, but kids don't think like we do, which is why it's even more important to educate so your house doesn't burn down.
Are You Ready?
One of the best things about growing up was the cartoons, but now that you're older, they don't seem as interesting, making this question even more relevant than we'd know.
If this doesn't make you think before having kids, then you are definitely ready. Tell Spongebob we said hi.
Let's get this out of the way fast: nothing is as relatable to the popular science fiction film called "Star Wars" as parenting. Where war wages between an evil Empire known as the first order and a Rebel Alliance of heroes called the Resistance.
Only, in real life, you're probably not the hero, simply an ancient Jedi who slowly dies while answering a string of nonsensical questions.
Nobody would've thought that becoming a parent would mean you'd be terrified of your toddler. But acceptance is the first step, so as long as you can agree to that then you're as prepared as can be.
For many, this act requires no reflection at all, they simply just know how scary children are, and yet they still chose to have them.
Before and After
You might not believe this, but having kids is not nearly as glamorous as you've been led to believe. Sure it can be a meaningful and life-changing experience, but at what cost?!
Let's face it, we all want to be the guy on the left, he looks like he doesn't have a care in the world while he's siping on some ice tea. But on the right, he's been reduced to a step-ladder for a toddler. A STEP-LADDER, people!
Children might be called belligerent and hostile at times, but they're also great for warning you about the ever-nearing end of your life. Let's face it, none of your adult friends or family members are going to deliver this news with such finesse.
They'll even draw a picture of a waterslide for you, with a metaphor attached. That way, you'll know exactly what they mean.
From working it to overworked. The change in footwear tells the whole story. Yes, your priorities will change, as this before and after photo can attest to, but you'll also look completely different. Almost unrecognizable.
It might look like 30 years have past since the first picture was taken, but truthfully, it's only been eight years.
Ginger knows whats up with kids, in fact, she's even come up with a new expression to describe a group of them. We would also have accepted shriek and nightmare.
We think this really works – no matter what the situation or where the ‘migraine of kids’ are it just sounds right, doesn’t it?
Don't Do it
This is quite possibly the single most important decision you will make in your life and, while obviously not mandatory, there are so many hoops to jump through, so if you make up your mind like this kid, you best be prepared for an onslaught of questions.
When asked what he'd do instead, "Eat." He replies ever so casually. If only we had this kind of fortitude.
Pop quiz, hotshot: Which one of these situations is more relaxing? It might be a little tricky, but this guy's tiny helper is not as helpful as you'd think.
With his one foot strumming and his hands holding on for dear life, he's definitely not making his dad's music sound any better... "Anyway, here's 'Wonderwall'"
We race a lot of cool things all over the world: horses, cars, and eggs in spoons. But to find true innovation in racing ridiculous things, you’d have to search the local carnival, where carousel horses race around a merry go round.
Well, it's technically not a race, but this kid thinks it is and he's super excited to win!
You know how you know it’s 8pm in a suburban home? Well, you could always check for clues in the hallway.
With diapers spread out, a chair thrown over, a lonely tennis racket. This site looks more like a crime scene than a hallway in some family's home, but who are we to judge?
Anything is Possible
When you come home and discover that granola bar disseminated across your kitchen counters, floor, and even the living room carpet, don’t look at it like a mess. Look at how much your kids are capable of with a single granola bar.
Imagine if you could channel your kids boundless energy into something positive, the possibilities are endless.
One of the reasons why kids are so difficult to manage is because they just don't how to manage their own emotions, so if one can figure out what calms them down, then life would be much easier.
In this case, a piece of cheese does the trick, and while it might seem simple it could definitely make life a whole lot easier.
Sure, we'd all like to sound like Mary Poppins but having kids means you'll quickly learn to shrug off the guilt cloak and start perusing more serious cartoon characters to voice your frustration.
If you never thought your personality could change so quickly, then having kids will show you just how creative you can become.
Perhaps the easiest job belongs to the kid whose job it was to sit on the training potty. Sure, she MIGHT have to eventually use the potty, but why do that when you can just outsource it to your trusted sidekick?
Clearly this toddler doesn't understand this assignment, but you can't say she's not resourceful.
Yet another great argument brought to you by the toddlers of this household. Perhaps they've always dreamed of being a ghostbuster, to show up and save the day.
Or maybe they've decided that calling the ghostbusters was a much more heroic deed and weren't going to let that chance slip on by.
I'm a Grown-Up
Being an adult may involve cumbersome tasks like doing your taxes and cleaning up after your self when you've broken glass, but for this toddler it means freedom to touch sharp objects.
Who are we to get in the way of her preconceived notion of adulthood? Not her mother, that's who.
A Scary Place
It's cute you thought that movie about Zombies was scary. You know what might be a little scarier? The secret life of a young child.
Nothing hits the spot like a good ol' maniacal scene, and this colorful alphabet splashed up against a ravenous gang of scribbles. Good luck trying to decipher this!
What kind of pizza do you want? It's a simple, common question that most pizza-loving people don't give nearly enough thought, usually tossing off a halfhearted "pepperoni, I guess."
But this 3 year old knew exactly what she wanted and she wasn't afraid of judgement. You go girl!
While on Vacation
For such a seemingly simple concept, vacations take on a convoluted story when they're done with kids. Forget those chores and responsibilities waiting for you at home, because you'll have fresh ones to deal with while your on holiday.
For this family, vacation looks like cleaning up Frosted Flakes every morning with plenty of soul-sweetening natural beauty to miss while your occupied with your nearest and dearest.
No matter how close the TV brings you to the action on the field, there're some things the cameras and mics can't quite capture, like the deafening scorch of fireworks, that feeling you might die at any moment.
This can only come from the palpable excitement of having kids. Sometimes you just have to be there in person.
This plastic shovel, which obviously comes from a kids play set, was found in the laundry machine after a wash. Nobody knows how it got there, but we're sure kids had something to do with it.
If you have kids you might know what it's like when you find a towel stuffed down a toilet or lego pieces in the air conditioner vent.
Surfaces can be rather limited when you like painting, so what do you do when you run out of canvases? Do as Da Vinci did and use the wall of course!
Because artists can be notoriously picky about the tools they use in their craft, these parents should feel honored that their little painter used their wall.
That moment when kids learn there are more than one snack flavor is the moment you realise you've made a huge mistake.
These days you only really ever encounter these varieties in a gas station, which is why it took two whole hours to choose!
Maybe buying tattoo markers were not the best idea when it came to buying a Christmas present for their daughter.
Sure, they’re explicitly designed to stay on for as long as two weeks, but they never expected her to go this crazy all at once.
Even celebrities struggle with their kids, that's just how powerful they are, and they know it! This is a pic that Anna Faris shared on her Twitter page of her son, showing just how well potty training is going.
If you're also having issues with your kids, at least you know you're not alone and even the rich and famous struggle sometimes.
From Hero to Zero
From having it all figured out to hoping you don't get peed on! These before and after photo are another reminder that kids might just make your life a little less glamorous.
Hopefully, after reading through our list, you're a bit better prepared to jump in the saddle.
This little boy thought it'd be funny to sniff his mommy's behind for the photo, yes it's funny. But it's probably mortifying for his mother!
If this photo is any indication, we'd take a bet that he’s gonna be a handful, this is just the beginning... His mom doesn't seem particularly pleased with this new arrangement.
Rules Are Lame
While we would never promote eating while watching TV, there's a good reason they let you buy snacks at the movie theater, it's just so comforting to nibble on something while you're watching a film on the big screen.
This is probably why his mom had to enforce strict rules about eating in the living room, but kids are more clever than we give them credit for...