I don't know about you, but sometimes I'll be in the middle of doing something for my kids and I'll think to myself, "Wow, this is some serious love." We thrive on making our kiddos happy, which means we'll do just about anything to see their faces light up with a smile — and often that comes at the expense of our own happiness. Because the truth is that parents do the darnedest things for their children, but most of us wouldn't have it any other way . . . even if it involves any of the following.
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Driving This Thing Home
You know this dude was not dragging this home for his own enjoyment.
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Riding Inside One of These
"I can't wait to squeeze my giant body into the tiny train at the mall today," said no parent ever.
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Collecting These Things
Because she will win that ice cream party at the end of the year, even if it kills you.
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Spending $6.97 on Ridiculous Products
Let's be honest, you're in it for the squeal factor.
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Ruining a Fresh Manicure
Those soccer cleats weren't putting themselves on him.
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Agreeing to Babysit the Class Pet
. . . Even if it's a rat. Wait, what?!
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Two Words: Black Friday
And yet, Santa gets all the credit.
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Two More Words: Warped Tour
Taking your kids to the concerts they want to see is a whole new level of self sacrifice.
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Getting Serious About Skee Ball
It's all about the tickets, and no "happy" child leaves without a prize from behind the glass.
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Pretending This Zipline Is Not at All Scary
Sometimes a parent has to face their fears in order to get their kids to face theirs.
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The Same Goes For This Snake
"See, honey [silently screaming], having a huge snake on your shoulders is superfun! Try it!"
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Riding Carnival Rides
Despite your fear of who put them together and your very real tendency for motion sickness.
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Sewing Dress-Up Clothes Back Together
Sure, you could just buy a new one, but it's her favorite, so, yes, you'll happily be sewing those sequins back on.
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Attempting to Keep This Guy Alive
Even though the kids will not be taking care of it, they will be devastated if it dies.
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Learning How to Make Rainbow Looms
And then helping her make them for every single person in her school.
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And Then Wearing Yours With Your Diamonds
Your kids may have been on a Rainbow Loom bender, but how can you say no to another handmade bracelet? You can't — so you wear them with pride.
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Collecting His Pee
And then running errands around town with it in your purse.
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Relearning the 13 Colonies
You hated geography in school, but someone has to help your child figure this out.
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Playing Ridiculous Games
Just think of the memories...
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Erecting an 8-Foot Teepee in Your House
So much for that Craftsman style you were originally going for.
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Making Your Wall a Giant Chalkboard
Again, the Craftsman look can wait.
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Learning to Knit
And then knitting her doll's clothes.
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Baking Elaborate Birthday Cakes
Or at least, trying really, really hard .
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Dressing in Costume
I know, I know, some adults love to dress in costume. But when a grown woman dresses like R2D2 just for her kids enjoyment? You go, mama!
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Even though your child has long since gone to bed. And you've got tons of actual work to do.
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Way to take one for the team, daddy!
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I swore I would never tie-dye anything when I had kids. Then I had kids and, like mostly everything I said before I had kids, totally proved myself wrong.
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Putting Dresses on These
True parental love is dressing a Polly Pocket (over and over again).
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Pissing Off the Neighbors
You know you want to steal this idea! Like I said, parenting makes us do the darnedest things...
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