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25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You're A Parent

Kids change everything.

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1. "Ice cream"

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What it usually means: A delicious, frozen treat.

What it means to parents: An all powerful bribe that can be used to make your kids do something they don’t want to do.

2. "Errands"

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What it usually means: A quick trip to the supermarket, dry cleaners, or post office.

What it means to parents: A nightmare you pray you can get through without your kid throwing an epic tantrum.

3. "Date night"

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What it usually means: What you do on Friday night.

What it means to parents: What you do on Friday night…every other month after hiring a babysitter and writing out an extensive list of instructions.

5. "Genie"

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What it usually means: A magical spirit trapped in a bottle that grants wishes.

What it means to parents: A receptacle for diapers that, despite its promises, stinks up your whole house.

8. "Baseball"

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What it usually means: America’s pastime.

What it means to parents: An excuse for the parents of your kid’s teammates to act like complete psychopaths.

9. "Bedtime"

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What it usually means: When you go to sleep.

What it means to parents: An elaborate routine that takes at least 20 minutes and includes supervising the brushing of teeth, reading a bedtime story, and telling your kid over and over to “Go to sleep!”

14. "Throw up"

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What it usually means: Something you do once or twice a year when you drink too much or are really sick.

What it means to parents: Something your kid does once or twice a day on you.

15. "Dora"

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What it usually means: A woman’s name, usually short for “Dorothy.”

What it means to parents: A cartoon character who won’t stop asking your kid questions.

16. "Timeout"

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What it usually means: Something you call in a football or basketball game.

What it means to parents: Something you give your kids when they’re acting like little a-holes.

17. "Me time"

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What it usually means: Putting your feet up with a good book and glass of wine.

What it means to parents: When you go to the bathroom (that is if your kids don’t follow you in there).

20. "Netflix"

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What it usually means: A service that lets you binge watch Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

What it means to parents: A service that suggests only cartoons and Barney specials.

21. "Sleeping in"

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What it usually means: Rolling out of bed around noon or when you want some cereal.

What it means to parents: Stumbling out of bed around 7 a.m. or when your kids holler that they can’t open the cereal box (whichever is earlier).

22. "Party"

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What it usually means: Drinking adult beverages in someone’s apartment as people dance until the wee hours of the morning.

What it means to parents: Drinking lemonade in someone’s backyard as kids jump in a bounce house until noon.

23. "American girl"

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What it usually means: A woman in the United States.

What it means to parents: A collection of ridiculously expensive dolls your kid won’t stop asking for.