Being an active duty soldier is not easy. However, most soldiers will agree that serving one’s country is easier than caring for a child. These three stories prove that being on active duty is easier than dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a parent.

Tantrum in the Store

Even something as mundane as going grocery shopping with a young child can turn into an exercise in frustration. Kids see all the colorful candy and sugary snacks in the center aisles and checkout lanes. When you exercise your parental duty and say “No!” to your toddler, you might think that you are doing the right thing. What often happens is a meltdown or tantrum. When your child has a tantrum in the store, you might feel like you have no control and that everyone is looking at you. The truth is that every parent has been there and done that at least once.

Potty Accident at the Pool

Kids love to play in the water. One dad’s three-year-old daughter begged for a pool outing. Sadly, there were no more swimming diapers left in the bag. The dad took a chance, and the mom took her to the pool anyway. A short time later, mother and daughter returned. The little girl had a potty accident on the pool deck, and the lifeguard had to clear the pool and close it. The embarrassed mom hustled out with her stuff and daughter. New recommendation for your parenting SOPs: allow more than a few months past potty training completion before you dispense with the swim diaper.

Constant Messes

On the first day of basic training, you are taught how to properly make a bed, clean your weapon, polish your boots and be a neat and tidy person. You have minimal belongings, and you can quickly assemble your pack. Your kids are messy. They spill things. They seem to attract sticky stuff, dirt, and glitter. Trying to maintain an orderly and clean house with kids is not an easy task.

Even active duty military agree that parenting is a tougher job than serving one’s country. Being the rule enforcer for other adults is easier than for your own child. These three stories just go to show that the emotions of parenting are often what make this part of life more difficult than any other job you will have.

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