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The #AssholeParent Hashtag Is the Hashtag All Parents Need

Every parent knows that no matter how hard you try to please your children, sometimes you'll strike out.

As a result, you're left with grocery store meltdowns, post office temper tantrums, and restaurant blowouts. These moments can make you feel like you've failed as a parent, but rest assured, you have not.

In fact there's a whole Instagram hashtag dedicated to these parenting moments. It's called #assholeparent, and it's exactly what you need right now. The hashtag allows parents to sound off on the minuscule instances that have pushed their children into fits of rage, tears, or a little bit of both. Observe:

The hashtag allows parents to sound off on the minuscule instances that have pushed their children into fits of rage, tears, or a little bit of both. Observe:

Observe:

Why my kid is crying: I'm feeding her sister instead of laying down with her #assholeparent Via @geriwhelen

9 Likes, 1 Comments - That Parent Life (@thatparentlife) on Instagram: "Why my kid is crying: I'm feeding her sister instead of laying down with her #assholeparent Via..."

We've all had this happen to us, sometimes in a public place.

I'm an #assholeparent because I won't let him bite me as hard as he can. . . . @assholeparent_ #boymom #constantlyteething #constantlybiting

455 Likes, 23 Comments - Brye (@bryeashley) on Instagram: "I'm an #assholeparent because I won't let him bite me as hard as he can. . . . @assholeparent_..."

Of course "no biting" warrants a crying fit. Why wouldn't it?

Today I learned that it's possible to make a bagel "wrong." #assholeparent

291 Likes, 34 Comments - Peter Shankman (@petershankman) on Instagram: "Today I learned that it's possible to make a bagel "wrong." #assholeparent"

How dare you not toast the bagel to absolute perfection? (cue waterworks)

Why is Maddie crying? Because she "doesn't WANT water in her oatmeal!" . I guess I'm an #assholeparent because I exposed the secret of making instant oatmeal ????????‍♀️????????‍♀️????????‍♀️

12 Likes, 6 Comments - Kate (@kitkat579) on Instagram: "Why is Maddie crying? Because she "doesn't WANT water in her oatmeal!" . I guess I'm an..."

How could you BE so stupid? WATER in OATMEAL? The audacity.

Jk!!! I didn't make it our alive it was.... kids 274849939 > -7 Mom. I was an #assholeparent bc well hmmm where do I start. I first ☝???? didn't let him test out the yogurt from the fridge, open a bottle of vodka, take a mop for a test run down the aisle, I didn't pick the right box of crackers (they were exactly the same boxes ????) and to top it his sister had to ride home with us!! Idk how he expected his sister who came with us to get home?!??? (To be continued...) #targetdiaries

19 Likes, 3 Comments - @effieinthecity (@stepfordkidrejects) on Instagram: "Jk!!! I didn't make it our alive it was.... kids 274849939 > -7 Mom. I was an #assholeparent bc..."

Target atrocities.

On this very tired morning I am an #assholeparent because he asked for lucky charms and there were not enough marshmallow charms #juliansingh #cutecry #canwenapnow

14 Likes, 2 Comments - Ashley Singh (@ahhh_shlee) on Instagram: "On this very tired morning I am an #assholeparent because he asked for lucky charms and there were..."

This one is actually true though...

The next time your child decides to have a meltdown for no logical reason, know that you have an online place where you can commiserate with other parents.

 

 

Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.