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19 Hilarious Memes About Self-Care as a Parent

Self-care as a parent is hard to come by. We’re short on time, energy, money, and – oh, we’ve also got these tiny growths attached to our limbs called children. Once you have kids, alone time begins to live in the same world as mermaids, unicorns, and witches that eat children (although, as a mom, I’ve been tempted to eat my young at least once a day on a few occasions).

Self-care takes on a whole new look when you become a parent. It’s no longer fancy trips abroad to “discover yourself” alongside Tibetan monks, vaginal steaming (thanks, GOOP), massages, or facials. Unless you consider being coughed on by a sick child who has just taken a bite of mashed potatoes a facial.

If your self-care game leaves a little, or a lot (gestures towards your overgrown lady garden) to be desired, or you realize self-care has taken on a new look since becoming a parent, you’ll enjoy these memes by funny parents of the internets.

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1. Ask me how I achieved this radiant glow

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Accidental Super Mom 1

No, I didn’t just get back from a trip to Mexico or use self-tanner; that’s actually Goldfish residue set with the glamorous sweat + saliva + ebola¬† film that constantly coats my child’s hands.

2. Yeah, selfing doesn’t happen

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by The Mom at Law

Who am I? What day is it? What’s a shower? How many days have I been wearing this outfit? If anyone ever gives you shit for smelling like stale cheese, just tell them you’re suffering child-induced amnesia.

3. Mommy needs a time outself care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Marriage and Martinis

If you see a parent doing this in their car in the parking lot of a grocery store and there are no children with her, just let her be. This is her idea of #goals.

4. The bathroom is sacred now

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by mommy needs a life

Bathrooms become the entryway to Narnia once you become a parent. You have a valid excuse for going in there if you need a second to scream, and there are cabinets to hide snacks in. Also, a mirror to socialize with an adult. With yourself. Shut up, it counts!

5. Damned right, it does

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by How to be a Dad

Sometimes the best self-care is finally letting yourself succumb to that crushing wave of everything falling apart around you. Then you pick up whatever pieces you can find and build.

6. At least I’m organized

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Catherine Cohen

Balance your crippling self-doubt with healthy shit. Like putting stalks of celery in your water as a garnish. Or flogging yourself with them because life is a sham.

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7. You surf, bro?

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Foxy Wine Pocket 1

Yeah, I surf, if you consider eternally scrolling the bowels of Netflix for something that will tranquilize dart my fucking brain in cinematic form surfing.

8. It’s so warm in here

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by the mom truth bomb 1

Being in warm, confined places helps when you’re in a moment of mental crises.

9. These are a few of my favorite things

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by The Mom at Law 1

If your answer is no, we can’t be friends.

10. My kind of checklist

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Healthy Living for Hot Messes

A kitten dispenser and sleeping bag made of cheesecake that I need to eat my way out of sound very, very good right now.

11. Punderful

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Paige Kellerman

Mom jokes and a blanket fort are self-care af.

12. See no evil

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by ramblin mama

Not on my watch *puts on a sleeping mask*

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13. Do what you can

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Scary Mommy

Fit self-care in whenever you can. Your life literally depends on it.

14. Heaven, I’m in Heaven

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Sammiches and Psych Meds

Self-care is not one-size-fits-all.

15. Don’t judge

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Real Tough Dad

The dishes can wait. Or I can do them by putting them in my bubble bath and activating my scrub bubbles by farting on them.

16. This is my therapy ice cream

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Foxy Wine Pocket

Sometimes you find support in things like sugar and dairy.

17. Coping mechanisms

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by the mom truth bomb

I’m not procrastinating, I’m getting my self-care in, dammit!

18. I’ll fit that right in…

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by Housewife Plus

Oh, look, I have a little time for a mani/pedi right between “fuck” and “you.”

19. The best self-care

self care memes for moms for Sammiches and Psych Meds by cloth diaper podcast

Never forget that you’re a badass doing everything you can, that it’s okay to crumble, we all do, and that you’re not alone.

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Who are your go-to moms or dads, online or in real life, to shoot an, “OMGGGGGGGG……” message to? Because one of the best self-care methods I’ve discovered as a parent is humor. Add a little laugh to someone’s day by hitting that share button. We’re all in this shit show together.