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25 Truths Every Parent In The Trenches Understands

Being a mom is the hardest yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. I really wish people would have warned me of some things before I had kids though. There are 25 Truths Every Parent In The Trenches Understands.

Kids are kinda gross and they do weird things. Along with all the hugs and kisses comes a LOT OF STRUGGLES. Kids can do things that make you question a lot of stuff, like what is the fascination with their “junk.” There are days where I might be on the verge of questioning the meaning of life.

Here are 25 truths every parent understands:

1. 75% of parenting is repeating “brush your teeth” or “get your shoes on” over and over again.

2. No matter how hard you try, you will never cut the crusts off of your kid’s sandwiches “just the right way.”

3. Whoever invented shoelaces hates parents.

4. You will forever be amazed at what would be considered A WEAPON to your kids. Today it was a french fry.

5. Wet wipes are your new best friend.

6. “Don’t touch that” is the phrase of your life. The toilet, the lamp, their privates… All fair game to kids.

7. Someone will inevitably poop in the tub.

8. Someone will inevitably need a 2nd bath after you discover someone pooped in the tub.

Now that is some truth from the trenches right there…

9. Do not be delusional and put your kids to bed late thinking they will sleep in. They will actually be up before daylight to torture you.

10. Everything is always sticky. So sticky. Don’t bother to try to figure out why.

11. Most of the day will be spent screaming at your kids to stop screaming.

12. A TODDLER can leave a path of destruction anywhere with just one cookie. Pretty impressive actually.

13. Ketchup is a necessary food group.

14. The words “I do it” will make you be late for every single thing in your life for the next 5 years.

I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes every now and again just to keep it real .

15. Trips to the restaurant bathroom will be the majority of your dinnertime.

16. Poop will be part of every conversation basically.

17. Someone is always naked. WHY?

Speak the truth sister!

18. If you ever want your kids to SLEEP AT NIGHT, do not let them fall asleep in the car after 5 pm. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Open the windows, turn the music up, whatever it takes.

19. Your kids can work your smartphone better than you can but they couldn’t possibly get themselves a glass of water because that’s too hard.

20. The struggle not to laugh when your child throws out an F-bomb is real.

22. 3rd-grade math will make you question your COLLEGE EDUCATION.

23. Kids consume all of their daily water intake 5 minutes before bedtime and then have an endless parade of bathroom visits all night long because they are “just so thirsty.”


24. The world is always ending and everyone needs you when you are either in the bathroom or on the phone. Otherwise, they could care less about you.

25. God made kids cute for a reason. Well played God.

One thing that all parents can probably agree about is that in the end, it is all worth it. When my kids are older I am sure I will miss every sticky finger and naked bum running around my house. I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.

I know it feels like I am in the trenches of parenting right now and this time of my life might be a struggle.

It’s a hard job shaping these tiny little humans into responsible adults. There will come a time when my kids will not really need me so much anymore, but this is probably going to be my life for the next 18 years or so. I think I will invest in some good wine or beer to help me through it.

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8 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Kids!

Well, I guess I am going to have to face the fact that fall is almost upon us! Pretty soon it will be pumpkin this, and pumpkin that for days on end. Don’t get me wrong, fall is actually my favorite season, especially here in New England. The colors are mesmerizing, the air is cool, and family-friendly Halloween movies are so fun to watch. I think I am just in denial that summer is really over.

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than a family movie night. Here is our list of fun and spooky films that our family loves to watch every year!


 Hocus Pocus

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Set in 17th century Salem, the Sanderson Witches are resurrected to create chaos and mayhem! It’s up to a group of children, with the help of a magical cat, to stop them. Hocus Pocus is an outrageous comedy that is sure to entertain the whole family.


Hotel Transylvania 2

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All of our favorite monsters are back for the 2nd installment of Hotel Transylvania! Count Dracula is still running the show at a hotel for monsters. It’s a hotel where monsters can be themselves and get away from the dreaded humans. This edition introduces us to Dennis, the half-monster, half-human grandson of Count Dracula. While Mavis is away, Count Dracula is determined to make a monster out of Dennis and his attempts will delight and entertain you!


The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Jack, the Pumpkin King, wants to spread the joy of Christmas to Halloweentown. His attempts put Santa in danger and cause a nightmare for all the good boys and girls.



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This was one of my favorite movies as a child. A couple of ghosts make every attempt to get the new residents of their house to leave. When all their attempts fail, they call the ghost with the most, Beetlejuice! Things quickly get out of hand and calamity ensues in this hilarious Halloween comedy.


Halloweentown and Halloweentown 2

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This is such a cute family Halloween series! 13-year-old Marnie discovers she is a witch and travels through a secret portal to Halloweentown. It is a magical place of ghosts where Marnie battles evil curses and wicked witches.



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R.L. Stine’s award-winning book comes to life in this exciting movie. The monsters from the book are accidentally released and craziness ensues as the group attempts to trap them back in the book.

*Children under 6 may get a bit scared with this one so you might want to save it until they are 7-8 years old.*


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Tim Burton has come up with a quirky and cute tale of a boy and his dog in Frankeweenie! After Victor’s dog dies he uses science to bring him back to life. The dog runs around town and Victor has to face some serious consequences.


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The magic of J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards and spells are seen through the eyes of Harry Potter in this series of magical movies.

*some themes in the movie may be too difficult for young children to understand. Also, young children may be afraid of the “monsters and magic.”*

I hope you enjoy one or all of our picks this Halloween season. Happy Movie Watching!!

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