Stock photos are, by their nature, vague. But occasionally you can find some that really ring true to the experience you’re looking to document. That’s the case with these parenting stock photos I found!
There are subtle clues in the photos that let the truth ring out. Don’t worry, I’ll point them out for you, so you don’t miss them.
Parenting Stock Photos That Get It Right
Almost every mom has been there. Your baby is in the “fights diaper changes as if they are torture” phase. You’re out in public and you are well aware of the smell emanating from the direction of your precious angel child.
You can tell this mom is over this shit. The baby won’t lay down on the table. The baby wants to take off his own pants. He doesn’t like the sounds of the bathroom. He is seconds from losing his mind.
This mom is letting out that exasperated sigh that keeps her from screaming out of frustration, not necessarily at the baby, but just in general. She knows the kid is curious and scared and probably tired and obviously caked with poop. She doesn’t blame him. But she still wishes she could scream to let out the frustration instead of just sighing as loudly as is socially acceptable.
Kids are jerks. I mean seriously. They are necessarily narcissistic and they will fight dirty to get their way. This means parenting more than one kid is usually just keeping them from injuring each other in their quest to get whatever they want.
Clearly, in this photo Mom is playing referee. Her less than smiling face shows that she is sick of these shenanigans. She brought them to the park to play so she could browse Facebook on her phone. This probably isn’t the first time the kids have yelled for her to intervene. She probably told them to “work it out” more than once. Now she’s hit her limit.
In this argument, clearly, the boy is winning. His smug smile says it all. The daughters face might pass for a small smile, but really, that is the look that comes right before the dramatic meltdown. She’s about to squeeze her eyes and mouth shut tight and make some kind of awful squealing noise through her nose. You can just tell.
Potty training sucks. There is no right or wrong way to do it. No matter how it happens there are messes to clean up. Listen closely, if a fellow parent tries to tell you that they potty trained easily with no accidents or messes THEY ARE LYING TO YOU!
The posture of these parents tells you this isn’t the first time they’ve sat down in front of the potty today. They aren’t clapping for their child or doing the “potty party”. They’re sat down, exhausted and sick of timed potty breaks that lead to nothing, not even a tinkle.
And see how there is no toddler in sight? Yeah, that means there is a half-naked toddler who has run off. Said toddler is PROBABLY hiding behind the couch leaving a man-sized turd in the least accessible place. Dad will have to move furniture and mom will need go-go gadget arms to clean up the mess.
“Work” From Home
Oh, the sweet, sweet joy of bonding with your child. When you work at home, you get to enjoy your kids AND make a living, right? Of, that’s right, NO. Working, or taking online classes, with your kids around is torture. Nothing gets done, you feel like you’re a half-assed parent AND employee, and you feel like there is never a “break” from either home OR work!
This sweet dad is trying to get things done while playing with his baby. He has stuff to do, but he wants to spend time smelling those sweet curls. So he tries to play with the baby and show her how to use the trackpad on his computer. He thinks it should be fun since she’s always prying keys off anyway.
Sweet curly-sue disagrees with the entire situation. She wants to be in charge of the computer. She doesn’t want to have her hands guided. She’s tried no less than twelve times to pull her hands away. She’s about two seconds away from arching wildly and throwing her head back into her poor daddy’s nose!
You head out the door for a playdate at the park. FINALLY, you will get to set the kid down to play with some other little tykes and while you gossip about the latest episode of Swamp People with your gal pals. Wait, you don’t watch Swamp People? You’re missing out my friends.
So Little Joey, or Johnny, or Caiden/Aiden/Jaiden starts freaking out. He’s not sharing. He’s pushing kids down the slide. Before long your crazy kid is going to hurt someone and then the other moms will totally hate you.
Since you’ve tried talking reasonably, then hissing in his ear that if he “does not shape up, so help me God I will drag you kicking and screaming back to the car and take you home right this minute.” Finally, you’re forced to abandon the park. You give quick apologies to the other moms then scoop up your tiny tyrant and head back to the car. The whole way he’s screaming and crying and promising he’ll stop throwing sand at Jaden J’s eyes and poking Jaden G with sticks.
So, yeah. Stock photos are usually just generic representations of general situations you might find yourself in. If you want a plain woman in business casual pointing at a chart on a white board, well you are in luck. But when you look a bit harder, the subtle clues will tell you all you need to know from these parenting stock photos.
If you were deciding what types of stock photos would represent your life as a parent what would they be?