This Stay-At-Home Dad’s Hilarious Post-It Notes Have the Whole Internet Laughing

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Daycare can be shockingly expensive; rather than mortgage their homes and sell a couple of their kidneys, many families find that it’s easier on the budget for one parent to stay home with the kids, even when it means going from two household incomes to one. Plus, everyone gets to keep their kidneys! Yay!

This was the situation for Chris Illuminati, who became a stay-at-home dad when his son was born in 2010. Simply getting the title of “stay-at-home parent” didn’t automatically mean his wife was totally comfortable with the situation, though.

Illuminati’s wife, known as Permanent Roommate on his website, Message with a Bottle, couldn’t help but remind him — repeatedly — of all the tasks he needed to take care of while running the house and caring for the baby.

“As a joke (because I’ve never taken anything in life seriously), I wrote down even the simplest of tasks and pinned it to my bulletin board,” he explains. “I forgot all about the note. I also forgot to change the baby.” The effort wasn’t wasted, though, as those early notes gave rise to a popular tumblr, a Facebook page, and all the other fun trappings of sharing his hilarious parenting tips, observations, and brutally honest confessions online. Now, seven years (and another kid) later, those notes have also given rise to something else — viral Internet fame, which Illuminati calls “incredibly positive, humbling and borderline absurd.”

Nothing makes a kid more accidentally stabby than a freshly sharpened colored pencil.

Because parents know next time it’ll be them searching the house top to bottom for little Timmy’s lost lovey at bedtime. And we aren’t above accepting a little pity.

Shhh, there, there.

Don’t tell me you’ve never thought about it! But LOL-worthy observations aren’t the only reason Illuminati’s accounts are so popular.





Every parent knows the kids are the ones in charge. There’s no sense fighting it.

But we can commiserate about it! That’s almost as good as a sanitized bathroom, right?


We’re betting that one day, when they’re old enough to read the notes and understand what’s up, his kids will find them as entertaining as we do. Assuming after this note they ever ended up getting any sleep again, ever.

Yup, even when we’re daydreaming about locking them out of the house.

No time soon, from the looks of things, and for that we parents of the Internet are pretty grateful.