Parenting Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent  

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List Rules Add and vote on things you had no idea you would be spending 90% of your time doing as a parent.

When you read the parenting books before your first kid arrives, there are a lot of things you are simply unprepared for. Sure, the diaper-changing and the constructive playtime are all covered, you think you got that shit down. But when the kid has been around for a while, you slowly start to realize that you are spending most of your parenting time doing things that no book warned you about. Vote up the stuff you spend the most time doing, and make sure to add any missing things.
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254 30
Laundry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Laundry
2
180 43
Explaining "Why" is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Explaining "Why"
3
178 45
Daydreaming of bedtime is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Daydreaming of bedtime
4
173 54
Looking for shoes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Looking for shoes
5
169 57
Eating whatever the kids didn&... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Eating whatever the kids didn't eat
6
139 39
Shouting at the back seat of y... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Shouting at the back seat of your car
7
165 55
Futilely organizing the playro... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Futilely organizing the playroom toys
8
153 49
Goofing Around and Having a Go... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Andrés Mauricio Moreno Zopó added Goofing Around and Having a Good Time
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147 48
Secretly eating your kids' Hal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Secretly eating your kids' Halloween candy
10
142 49
Chauffeuring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Chauffeuring
11
125 48
Arguing about bath/shower time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Arguing about bath/shower time
12
137 59
Reading the same book over and... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Reading the same book over and over
13
131 60
Ordering out instead of cookin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Ordering out instead of cooking
14
114 59
stepping on legos in bare feet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
stepping on legos in bare feet
15
108 56
Questioning childrens' clothin... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Questioning childrens' clothing decisions
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44 13
Feeling Guilty for Staring at ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Jeff Korhorn added Feeling Guilty for Staring at Your Screen Instead of Engaging Them.
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80 77
Looking for a hidden place to ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Looking for a hidden place to nap
18
81 90
Drinking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Drinking
19
67 80
Washing crayon off the walls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Washing crayon off the walls
20
67 80
Going to a 100 Million birthda... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Going to a 100 Million birthday parties
21
61 74
Making bag lunches that won't ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Making bag lunches that won't be touched
22
70 85
Learning Dinosaur Names is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Learning Dinosaur Names
23
57 78
Pulling tiny plastic toys out ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Pulling tiny plastic toys out of the vacuum
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38 94
Cutting food into shapes for s... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Cutting food into shapes for some reason
25
34 97
Watching a lot of soccer match... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things You Didn't Know You'd Spend So Much Time Doing as a Parent
Watching a lot of soccer matches