Being a parent seems really hard. Like, scarily difficult. I think it is probably one of the hardest things a person can do. First of all, it is one heck of a time commitment. We are talking at least 18 years, baby! And in this economy, probably way more than that, too. And it's not just a physical commitment, but an emotional one, and a huge financial one too. I think parents probably sacrifice more than anyone on the planet.

And that is why it can take people a while to be ready to have kids. It is a lot to think about. Some people decide they never want kids, and that is totally cool, too. I respect that decision so much. Whether you are just working up to being ready to take the plunge into parenthood or you have discovered that it is something you never want, these tweets, from people who are definitely not ready to be parents, will make you feel less alone. They are funny, for sure, but they are also so so real.

Parenting isn't for everyone.

It takes a special kind of person to not completely lose it when they're face to face with a crying baby. Needless to say, these people still have some time before they're ready to have kids.


If you can't keep a Tamagotchi alive, you probably shouldn't have a kid. It's not the same. It's way easier.


Some of the things I do should disqualify me from being allowed to have kids. You ever forget to do laundry and just decide you'll buy more underwear instead? Yeah. I'm not ready.

Dog's birthday

I always forget my dog's birthday, and not only when it happens, either. If you asked me right now when my dog's birthday is, I couldn't tell ya.

Dog throw up

I cannot deal with puke. Honestly, dog puke is less gross to me than human puke, so I don't even know how I would handle a puking baby.


If you get distracted when you're a parent, a million things could happen in that one second you're not looking. Kids are swift.

Baby throw up

Yes, see, this. This is what I'm talking about. I can't do it! They say it's different when it's your own kid, but I don't know about that.


The problem is that if you are that kid's parent, you have to take care of them in those in-between monster times too. You don't get to pick and choose.


If you accidentally lock your kid in a closet, they might be traumatized for life. No biggie. Just...never do that.


I mean, she's not wrong. Pregnancy is creepy and scary and gross and weird! I'm terrified of it!


It doesn't seem like you did much...coloring and watching TV...but you have to be on high alert at all times when taking care of kids, and that's so tiring!


Hey, at least this person is honest about what they can and cannot do. If you know hanging with kids is not your jam, babysitting sure isn't going to change your mind.


Of course, any sort of violence against children is totally and completely unacceptable, but some kids are really mean!


OK, this is crazy. She seriously was supermom because I don't imagine myself ever doing this, even if I do have kids. They can just wear dirty clothes if they have to.


Oops! If you can't keep track of a kid in a corn maze, you probably shouldn't be a parent yet. They should have tests for prospective parents, and this should be one of them.

Dead plant

Listen, I think plants are really hard to keep alive. I don't know if it compares to raising children, but the ability to keep plants alive eludes me.

Nutella in a shot glass

What this tweet doesn't acknowledge, though, is that a shot glass's worth of Nutella is like, the perfect serving of Nutella.

Too much

I know what this is like. Hanging with kids is super fun! If it's super temporary! And you can give them back after a couple hours and take a nap!

Avoiding conversation

Kids are either really awkward and quiet and shy and hard to talk to, or they talk your ear off and say way too much way too fast. Either way, it's a lot.

Scratching bellies

Hey, did she think it was funny? Was she enjoying it? Then you're all good, sister. Scratch away!

Lost teeth

Ugh, just thinking about the grossness of losing teeth made me shudder. I don't want to deal with it again!

Shopping with kids

When you have a kid, especially a baby or a toddler, your entire day is basically spent making sure they don't break things or themselves.

Crate training

It's so true! People who are like, "I have a dog. I can have a kid!" Stop! They are not the same thing! Not even close!

Dream babies

Dream babies can really take over your whole day. And they're not even real! Imagine how much you think about real babies.

Hungry kid

It's a battle every night to get little kids to go to sleep. I want to say to them, "Just go to sleep. When you're older, all you will want to do is sleep, and you won't be able to. Take it while you can get it."

What to do?

If the family you're babysitting for says they'll be home by five and then they're late...keep taking care of the baby. If you have to ask this question, you're not ready to be a parent.

Puke in purse

This visual this tweet created in my head is shocking. Horrible. I'm sure that will be a funny story that mom will tell years down the line, but I can't imagine she was thrilled when it happened.


This is such a mystery, but it's so true. Little kids are always sticky, as is everything they touch. It's not cute.


I think people underestimate or just don't think about how physically tired parenting makes you on top of everything else. Babies are heavy, y'all!


This I'm OK with because I have a dog who eats things, so I have a lot of clear surfaces in the house. Share this with someone who is also not ready for kids!