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.
via: Facebook"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."
His notes cover all sorts of parenting topics, like weaponized craft supplies.
He reminds us about the rules of Parenting Karma.
His notes even give voice to our deepest parenting fears.
One thing all the posts share, however, is that they're just downright relatable.
There's no sense fighting the bathroom struggle, either.
Illuminati's post-its strike the perfect balance between truth, humor, and a healthy dose of thank-goodness-I'm-not-alone in the day-to-day trenches of parenting.
Right down to the woes of bedtime.
Either way, parenting is tough — laughing about it makes it easier. And making jokes about our kids sure doesn't mean we love them any less!
So, when will Illuminati ever stop sharing his posts?
via: FacebookNo time soon, from the looks of things, and for that we parents of the Internet are pretty grateful.