Most parents know what it feels like to be bombarded with unsolicited advice about raising kids. This guidance can range from semi-helpful to totally useless to absolutely baffling.
But sometimes parents share real nuggets of wisdom with each other ... especially on Twitter.
We’ve rounded up the best (and funniest) “parenting tips” that parents (and a few childfree sages) have tweeted. Keep scrolling for some hilariously real and useful advice.
Parenting tip: maybe don't leave Hungry Hungry Hippos on the floor of a dark room.— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) August 1, 2016
Parenting Pro Tip: Never take a toddler's word for it— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) June 21, 2014
Parenting tip: Take kids to pumpkin patch. Let them pick out any pumpkin. but make them carry it to the car. They'll never want to go again.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) October 4, 2015
Parenting tip: when ur kids start crying, start bawling bigger & badder. Soon, they will stop crying & turn their concerns to your welfare.— Contwixt Nick (@Contwixt) September 23, 2016
Parenting tip: No good ever comes from a toddler sitting naked on the couch.— Sara (@smilely_gal) December 16, 2015
Parenting Pro-Tip: Don't talk about yourself as a failure of a parent.... to your children.— Lucky Charms (@IanMenard) September 17, 2016
Parenting tip: Wine.— MOM. MOM. MOM. (@FrozenSighs) December 31, 2011
Parenting tip: Have two kids so you can keep your lazy butt in the car & say, "Go get your brother" when picking one up at a friends house.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) June 5, 2016
Parenting Tip: when your child tells you he is having bad dreams, "It's okay, Pal, reality is much scarier" will not comfort him.— My Meh Precedes Me (@TheAlexNevil) November 10, 2015
Tonight's parenting lesson:— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) March 4, 2015
If a 2-year-old says, "I'm going to puke," FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T CALL HER BLUFF.
I need a shower.
Parenting tip: if you want to get your kids ready to leave the house faster, relentlessly song 'All That Jazz' in a Billie Holiday voice.— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) April 27, 2013
Parenting tip: Hide the matches to a dozen socks and ask the kids to find them. Now go sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee. You're welcome.— CrazyExhaustion (@CrazyExhaustion) May 22, 2015
Parenting tip: telling a three-year-old that her dried-up markers are a "first world problem" will not stop her from crying.— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) September 26, 2011
Parenting Tip #12 It's ok to justify not meeting any of your goals, with, "At least I remembered to feed the kids."— Paige Kellerman (@PaigeKellerman) August 20, 2011
A little parenting tip: If you don't know where your children are in the house... Turn off the internet and watch them magically appear.— J. Jewels (@realjjewels) September 20, 2016
Parenting tip: when your kid insists on "playing trains" pretend to be Henry stuck in a tunnel. Then you don't have to move or do anything.— Alice (@alicere) September 27, 2016
Parenting tip: tease your kids' hair so at the very least they can be well-beehived.— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) September 9, 2012
PARENTING TIP: train your kids to kill spiders so THEY can be the ones to do it.— Frank Lowe (@GayAtHomeDad) March 1, 2013
Parenting tip: Fill a Piñata with mushrooms then sit back and watch as your children learn a cruel, but valuable lesson about real life.— Kalvin (@KalvinMacleod) April 2, 2013
Parenting survival tip: Wear clothes that match the furniture. My kids can’t find me because I look like I’m part of the couch— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) November 23, 2013
Parenting pro tip: no need to baby proof the house for your crawling daughter. Just put her in a dress and render her immobile.— Will (@willgoldstein) July 13, 2016
Parenting tip: The pediatric dentist will not pre-drill holes for your infant's teeth to grow into, no matter how much you need to sleep.— RollOverandPlayDad (@AndPlayDad) March 26, 2013
Parenting tip: end the ABC song "Thanks for singing this w/ me" not "Next time won't you sing w/ me." Then you don't have to sing it again.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) July 3, 2011
Parenting tip: If your 2 year old calls you in from another room to tell you she's "not poopie," there's a 100% chance she's lying.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 1, 2013
Parenting Tip: chanting "Goblin King! Goblin King! Wherever u may be take this child of mine far away from me!" doesn't work I already tried— Julia Segal (@juliasegal) April 15, 2015
Parenting tip: Tell your kids all the food you want to keep for yourself is spicy.— Gennefer Gross (@Gennefer) June 22, 2015
"Sorry, son, this Dilly Bar is spicy."
Parenting Pro Tip: BUY ALL THE TISSUES.— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) January 16, 2013
Parenting tip: Emphasizing the need to keep your children on a schedule makes it easier to say no when you get invited to stuff.— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 3, 2015
Parenting tip: when a child says "I picked it up and put it right back"...'right back' really means a 30 foot radius where it may be hidden.— Nathan Chivington (@CoachChiv) July 26, 2016
Parenting tip: After your first child is born, go buy 20 years worth of poster board. This will save you countless 10:00 PM trips to CVS.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) May 24, 2016
Parenting tip: if you're questioning your stock even a little, just buy another bottle of ketchup.— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) December 15, 2015
Parenting Tip: Don't ask your toddler if she would share one bite of her ice cream in order to save your life.— Karri-Leigh (@karri_leigh) August 28, 2013
Parenting Pro Tip: If you can't tell if they're laughing or crying, play it safe and keep your distance. Add music, headphones, a blender.— Just Linda (@LindaInDisguise) March 17, 2013
Parenting tip: do not let your four-year-old watch "Tangled" and leave her anywhere near scissors.— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) January 20, 2012
Parenting lesson of the day.— RollOverandPlayDad (@AndPlayDad) December 16, 2012
When pouring your guts out to the baby at 3:00 am, make sure the monitor is turned off.
Parenting tip: Cherish the day you buy your first minivan because that will be the last day it is ever clean.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) February 9, 2016