kids Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent  

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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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235 29
Laundry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Laundry

2
167 39
Explaining "Why" is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Explaining "Why"

3
161 43
Daydreaming of bedtime is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Daydreaming of bedtime

4
160 49
Looking for shoes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Looking for shoes

5
159 52
Eating whatever the kids didn&... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Eating whatever the kids didn't eat

6
152 51
Futilely organizing the playro... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Futilely organizing the playroom toys

7
128 37
Shouting at the back seat of y... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Shouting at the back seat of your car

8
143 47
Goofing Around and Having a Go... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Andrés Mauricio Moreno Zopó added Goofing Around and Having a Good Time

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136 46
Secretly eating your kids' Hal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Secretly eating your kids' Halloween candy

10
131 47
Chauffeuring is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Chauffeuring

11
119 42
Arguing about bath/shower time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Arguing about bath/shower time

12
127 55
Reading the same book over and... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Reading the same book over and over

13
121 57
Ordering out instead of cookin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Ordering out instead of cooking

14
103 50
Questioning childrens' clothin... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Questioning childrens' clothing decisions

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106 55
stepping on legos in bare feet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
stepping on legos in bare feet

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34 9
Feeling Guilty for Staring at ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Jeff Korhorn added Feeling Guilty for Staring at Your Screen Instead of Engaging Them.

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73 73
Looking for a hidden place to ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Looking for a hidden place to nap

18
77 83
Drinking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Drinking

19
62 72
Washing crayon off the walls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Washing crayon off the walls

20
65 77
Learning Dinosaur Names is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Learning Dinosaur Names

21
62 74
Going to a 100 Million birthda... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Going to a 100 Million birthday parties

22
55 68
Making bag lunches that won't ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Making bag lunches that won't be touched

23
53 71
Pulling tiny plastic toys out ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Pulling tiny plastic toys out of the vacuum

24
35 86
Cutting food into shapes for s... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Cutting food into shapes for some reason

25
32 88
Watching a lot of soccer match... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things You Spend the Most Time Doing as a Parent
Watching a lot of soccer matches