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15 Struggles Of Being Your Family's Bad Cop

When your partner in parenting is your kid's partner in crime.

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1. Your tween would literally never wake up if it weren't for you.

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You wish you didn't care if they made it to school on time, but you just do, okay?

2. You've been known to lose it when it's already past bedtime and you hear your spouse say "OK, but only ten more minutes."

(See struggle #1.)

3. When your fifth grader is refusing to shower, you're the only one willing to take action.

Honestly you're saving them from being the smelly kid in school.

4. You try to keep your cool when your kid forgets to tell you about a school project until the night before it's due, but C'MON.

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Dammit. You were really hoping for a nice evening and now you have to make them do homework.

5. You're probably the one to snap when your six-year-old can't choose between two pairs of socks in the morning.

But seriously, did your partner have to start writing down the pros and cons?

6. When your tween is becoming fast friends with the kid who is trying to single-handedly revive backwards jeans and your partner starts reminiscing about Kris Kross, it's up to you tell it like it is.


Nobody is going to be singing "Jump Jump" in this house.

7. On occasion you might even have to turn your bad-cop glare on your co-parent.


Like when you ask for backup on the importance of eating vegetables only to find that traitor feeding their Brussels sprouts to the dog.

8. And it's always you who has to re-explain to your kid that stuffing everything into the closets does not equal cleaning their room.

How many times have we gone over this, dude?

9. When you told your teen to get off their phone half an hour ago, and they just...didn't, you see no other option than to confiscate it.


Or at least take their charger and watch the fear in their eyes as they watch the battery die. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

10. Sometimes, you ask your kid to finish their chores and you find them having a lip sync battle with your partner instead.

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11. You're the one who always has to enforce "family day" no matter how bad your kids want to hang with their friends instead.

Actually, you kind of enjoy that one. #sorrynotsorry

12. And of course, when you say "no" the first thing your kid does is ask their other parent.

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Aren't we supposed to be on the same team?

13. Sometimes, you just don't want to be the bad guy.


14. Even Grandma and Grandpa suggest things like ice cream at 9pm on a school night, forcing you to pull out your badge.


Oh, absolutely not.

15. But at the end of the day, you do it because you love them.


(And also kind of because no one else is going to.)

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