Parenting is a circus. 

Let's keep it real, Idaho, even the best of us need an occasional break from our life-sucking monkeys. 

What that looks like is different for everyone. For some, it's a solo trip to Target. For others, it might be a year alone in the woods. Whatever it is, I've learned to not judge. 

Everyone's a perfect parent before they have kids.

That's facts, y'all. Maybe that's why we're so damn hard on ourselves ALL. THE. TIME. I'm lookin' at you, Mom and Dad.

Do you ever just laugh at your pre-parent self? I do when I think about the dozens of unattainable and unsustainable standards I was totally-for-sure going to hold myself to. Oddly enough, the laughs really start rollin' when I'm about halfway through my second tumbler of bourbon. 

If there's one thing I appreciate about my pre-parent self, it's how much that delusional, well-rested girl strengthened my relationship with God. Because of her, I thank Him two to three times a week for making Bulleit cheaper than therapy.  

If you're worried you suck at parenting, chances are you don't. 

Life's shown me the parents who care the least are the ones who need to step it up the most. Relax, friend. You're doing great.

There's no such thing as a perfect parent, and with a role model like Pete the Cat and the PBS Kids app on your side, odds are at least one of your kids will turn out fine 😉

At the end of the day, this is your circus and those are your monkeys. You love them more than you love yourself. And unlike the parents in the gallery below, you wouldn't eat them even on your worst day. If that's not something to celebrate, we don't know what is.

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9 Idaho Animal Parents Who Eat Their Kids

Before you judge the filial cannibals in the gallery below, remember:

> they can't escape their homegrown hellions with a therapeutic trip to Target

> there are no babysitters in the wild

> they can't send them off to school five days a week

> and most, if not all of them, were just lonely, h*rny singles looking for a one-night stand who wound up as single parents

Cut 'em some slack, people 🙄

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