11 Parents We'd Love To Crack Open A Cold One With

Parenthood might just make some people funnier.

You lose a thing or ten when you become a parent: sleep, patience, freedom, to name a few. But if social media has shown us anything, it's that you also gain a lot. Namely, an even better sense of humor. 

Parenting may be complicated and terrifying, and so damn hard it hurts. But sometimes, you've just got to sit back and laugh at the craziness of it all. 


We wanted to celebrate some of the parents who have approached the struggle of raising kids with a little bit of humor. Below are a few of the stories about parents who we'd love to kick back with during happy hour. 

Because — let's face it — they could probably use a drink. 

1. This dad who taught his son an important lesson by writing a letter posing as the tooth fairy.

When kids don't listen, some parents choose to take an approach different from a traditional punishment. Dad Henry Warren was tired of seeing how poorly his son's dental hygiene was. So, when he son lost a tooth, he wrote a strongly-worded letter posing as the tooth fairy. Specifically, "Barry T. Tooth Fairy." 

"Our son is dreadful at brushing his teeth," Warren wrote on Twitter. "The Tooth Fairy has had enough." 

The very official letter read: 

"This letter is to inform you that I have now taken receipt of your tooth and it is being duly processed in our system. 

You will have noticed there has been a delay in your payment for the tooth. Mr. Warren, I have to inform you that this is due to the condition in which we found said tooth. We expect a certain amount of wear and tear on the teeth we appraise. However, in this case your tooth had to be referred up to the committee for further analysis.

We believe this is due to the lack of care and attention by yourself. We have detected more than trace amounts of Fanta™ and residual amounts of both cereal and chocolate which have not been removed by appropriate brushing technique. We recommend you review your practice here as a matter of urgency."

And if he doesn't start taking better care of his teeth? "We will withhold payment," Barry T. Tooth Fairy assured him. 

2. This mom who had an excellent response to her son's drawing on the wall.

Six-year-old Ryan Massicotte thought the walls of his home seemed like a canvas as good as any, so he used a green marker to draw a house. When his mom, Kim Massicotte, saw his masterpiece she decided to get creative instead of angry. She turned it into an art gallery piece by putting a frame around the drawing and adding a piece of paper that described the work. "Interrupted House, 2017. Marker on latex paint. Gifted to his parents, by surprise," she wrote. 

When her husband Eric saw it, he took photos and shared them to Twitter. "Your kids are going to do things they shouldn't. It helps if you married someone with a sense of humour," he wrote. 

3. These parents who came up with the perfect holiday gift for their son's teachers.

Mary and Paul Sommers decided to get their 14-year-old son's teachers something extra special for the holidays this year. Instead of a candle or flowers to say "thank you" for all that they do for him, they got his teachers bottles of wine with custom labels. The labels had a photo of their son, Jake Sommers, and said, "Our child might be the reason you drink so enjoy this bottle on us!"

"How many coffee mugs does a teacher need," Mary told the Dayton Daily News. "But who doesn't need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?"

4. This dad who wrote a hilarious, but poignant, letter about time travel to his daughter's school after a sexist incident.

When Stephen Callaghan heard about the end-of-year activities his daughter's school had planned for sixth-graders, he thought she must've stepped out of a time machine. The girl students would go to the school library to get their hair and makeup done, while the boys would go on a field trip to Bunnings, a hardware store in Australia, and participate in a DIY workshop. And no, they didn't get a choice. 

"Sigh. Will things ever change? My daughter wants to be an engineer. She doesn't give a rat's arse about make-up," he wrote on Twitter. His daughter asked if she could go to the DIY workshop at the hardware store, but was told it was "just for the boys." 

So, Callaghan decided to write a snarky letter to the school's principal about the incident. 

"When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017, but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968. I know this to be the case as Ruby informed me that the 'girls' in Year 6 would be attending the school library to get their hair and make-up done on Monday afternoon while the 'boys' are going to Bunnings," he wrote.

"Are you able to search the school buildings for a rip in the space-time continuum? Perhaps there is a faulty Flux Capacitor hidden away in the girls toilet block? I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and other girls at the school being returned to this millennium where school activities are not divided sharply along gender lines." 

5. This dad who created an Instagram dedicated to showing what parenting does to a person.

Raising a toddler can take its toll on you and Mike Julianelle, of Dad and Buried Facebook, has got the photos to prove it. He started an Instagram account called Got Toddlered to show how having kids can also impact a person's looks. 

He shared a side-by-side photo of himself on the account — one from 2006 and one from 2016 — to show the stark difference. In the 2006 one, he's smiling and ready to take on the day. In the 2016, he looks sleep deprived, and pretty much over everything. "Wanna see something REALLY scary? Here's me, before and after I had kids!" he captioned the photo. 

He then encouraged other parents to send their before-and-after kids photos, too. "Don't worry, they don't have to actually be toddlers. They destroy, regardless of age," he wrote on Instagram. The results are pretty damn funny — and he shared them on the account regularly to remind parents that they're definitely not alone in their struggles. 

6. This dad who came up with a great life hack to stop his triplets from fighting.

Jake White is a stay-at-home dad who takes his three kids with him everywhere. Unfortunately, the triplets tend to fight with one another when they're in the car, strapped right next to each other in their car seats. So, he put together a few foam dividers to solve the problem and placed them between the kids' car seats. 

"And.... No more car fighting," White wrote on Facebook

7. This dad who kept his word.

Bradley Howard threatened to sit in class with his 17-year-old son Bradley Howard Jr., (or "B2" as his family calls him), if he got in trouble again in his physics class. The teenager behaved well in class for months after that, but eventually, his parents received another complaint from his teacher. 

So, Bradley Howard Sr. went ahead and surprised him during class — after getting permission from the school, of course. He made good on his promise and sat right next to his son as he learned about physics. 

"He was pretty shocked. I think the whole class was a little intimidated at first. But he put two and two together," Howard Sr. told CBS News. "My son is very kind-hearted, but he's very talkative. He loves to be the life of the party —  loves to get a laugh. He's 'Mr. Personality.'" 

Looks like his dad knows how to get a good laugh, too. 

8. This dad who splashed some water on his own pants so his daughter wouldn't feel so embarrassed about her accident at school.

When Ben Sowards heard his 6-year-old daughter Valerie was crying because she had wet her pants at school and wanted to go home, he knew he wanted to do something cheer her up. So, he splashed some water on his pants and went to her school to pick her up. 

When Valerie saw that he had wet pants too, she laughed and ultimately felt better about her own incident. Her dad's silly and compassionate gesture helped to feel less sad and embarrassed about her mistake. 

9. This dad who trolls his daughter on social media.

Dad and comedian Chris Burr Martin wasn't happy about the comments that were being made on his daughter's selfies on social media. So, he decided to use her photos as inspiration for a series of his own. He posts photos of himself mimicking Cassie's clothes, pose, and facial expressions. 

"There was one photo [on Facebook] that Cassie posted that was getting some crude comments from some 'boys' and I thought, instead of arguing with them, I would try to lighten the mood of the comment section, while also reminding them that her dad was watching," Martin told A Plus back in July. "So, I posed like her and posted it in the comment section asking, 'What about me, guys?' A couple deleted their comments and for others, it did lighten the mood."

Cassie and others found the whole thing hilarious and her dad's account dedicated to recreating her selfies now has over 152,000 followers. The hilarious photos helped to send a message to Cassie and her followers that he's definitely paying attention to her account. 

10. This couple who laughed their way through a hilarious pregnancy announcement.

Todd Krieg and his fiancé Amanda Diesen met while she was working as a therapist in a paralysis center where Krieg was a patient. Krieg became paralyzed from the chest down after a dirt bike crash and Diesen was among the therapists assigned to work with him. Soon after, they fell for one another. 

Doctors had told Krieg the likelihood of them conceiving naturally was very low, according to the Los Angeles Times. So, they were happily surprised when they learned Diesen was pregnant. 

The couple decided to start off their parenthood journey with a little bit of humor. For their pregnancy announcement, they laughed their way through a photo shoot in front of a brick wall where they wrote "It still works!" in chalk. 

11. This dad who dressed up in elaborate costumes to get more quality time with his kids.

Bradley Herbst was tired of driving his teenage daughter to school only to have her be on her phone the entire time. So, he came up with a silly, but effective way to ensure they get to have some great conversations instead. Herbst dressed up in wacky costumes when he drives her to school every Friday and, if she looks at her phone during the trip, her dad promises to walk her into school in whatever ridiculous outfit he's got on instead of just dropping her off. 

Some of his costumes have included Elvis, a cheerleader, and a Cat in the Hat look.

His planned worked and, now that her brother is older, he follows the same rule. Herbst has never had to walk them into the building.

"We actually have a 10 minute conversation, without interruption," Herbst told A Plus in May. "You'd be amazed with what kind of information, and how much information, I can get from them, without the interruption of their phones!" 


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