Social media tricks us into thinking that everyone else is doing a far better job at being a parent. Ex- advertising creative director and mom of 2 girls Ilana Wiles wants to show the other side of the coin with Average Parent Problems. Because, let's face it -- parenting is not always exceptional.
Average Parent Problems is an Instagram account for the daily struggles of being a parent, none of those “my son is great at everything and perfect in every way” posts by that one mom on your Facebook timeline. This is everyday normal life. And it’s hilarious.
“The Internet focuses so much on the best and worst of parenting — this feels like an account for everyone in between,” Wiles told TODAY Parents.
“I think most of us can relate to every parenting problem I've depicted, but probably didn't know they were so universal until they saw the 'likes' accumulating on the pictures. At least that's how I feel when I post them,” she added.
Wiles lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters who are 2- and 5-years-old. She also runs the parenting site Mommy Shorts and does brand consulting and speaking engagements.
Average Parent Problems now has over 100k Instagram followers (as of writing). She encourages other parents to send in their photos by posting with the hashtag #averageparentproblems.
“Raising kids is hard, isolating work and it's nice to have a place where we can all laugh together,” Wiles said.
It’s comforting to know that there exists a place on the internet where we parents can let our guard down and laugh at ourselves (and our children) once in a while. Parenting isn’t always perfect, in fact, most of the time it isn’t.
“I think if we didn’t have people showing us the reality of parenthood on the internet, many of us would think we were doing a horrible job.
“Now I know I’m not the only one with a mess of toddler selfies on my phone or stabbing a mylar Dora balloon with a pair of scissors after my kids go to bed. It takes the struggles of raising children and makes it fun. At least that’s my goal,” Wiles told Buzzfeed.
A photo of Wiles and her family taken from mommyshorts.com
Sources: May 29, 2015. "'Average Parent Problems' Instagram finds humor in everyday moments". today.com May 14, 2015. "This Instagram Perfectly Captures The Daily Struggles Of Life With Kids". buzzfeed.com