After a long day of slaving over a stove and nearly burning the bird, parents look forward to finally getting a chance to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their Thanksgiving labor.
Unfortunately, as most parents have learned by now, dealing with children on Thanksgiving could leave anyone feeling a little less than thankful. These moms and dads took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, and if you have kiddos, I have a sneaking suspicion you'll identify with what they have to say.
1. The verdict is in. Next year we're going to Chuck E. Cheese for the holidays.
I love Thanksgiving. Can't wait to slave for hours over a meal my kids will rudely reject in front of relatives who are judging my parenting— Tragic Ally (@TragicAllyHere) November 16, 2016
2. Crushed it.
Lower your expectations for a relaxing Thanksgiving.— Jennifer S. White (@yenniwhite) November 16, 2016
Yes. Right there.
3. "Over the river and through the woods for a feast my kids won't enjoy."
Driving hrs to see inlaws,spending an entire day making a feast my kids will gag over,then cleaning?— Salty Mermaid (@Jenn_H_Scott) November 16, 2016
Of course I'm excited ab Thanksgiving!
4. If you've been doing it wrong, so have we.
Just heard someone on TV say they "enjoy the company of family during the holidays". Starting to think I've been doing it wrong.— Dragging Feeties (@DraggingFeeties) November 14, 2016
5. The hardest homework assignment they'll have all year.
Make a "thankful tree" so you can burst a blood vessel waiting for your child to come up with something to write on a paper leaf.— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) November 16, 2016
6. Screaming kids + vodka = some semblance of sanity.
I was asked to bring the cranberries to Thanksgiving dinner. Nobody said they couldn't be swimming in vodka.— MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) November 16, 2016
7. You try making gravy from scratch when there are 46,000 (okay, three) kids running around.
"How do you make your gravy?"— Graceful AF (@graceful_asfuck) November 16, 2016
Oh it's so complicated. You wouldn't understand the recipe, I say, discreetly knocking the can into the trash
8. In your son's defense, we all have that one smelly relative.
Thanksgiving is a sweet day where my kids scream for hrs while I cook & then my 4 yo announces at the table that Grandma Edna smells funny.— Cray at Home Ma (@cray_at_home_ma) November 16, 2016
9. Now this is a Thanksgiving feast fit for a kid.
If you want my kids to actually act thankful on Thanksgiving serve kraft mac n cheese, goldfish and apple— Sweatpants Cher (@House_Feminist) November 16, 2016
10. This mom wins Thanksgiving/life.
Volunteered to serve Thanksgiving feast at school because I obviously don't get enough of waiting on kids at home.— Momma of Midgard (@MidgardMomma) November 24, 2015
11. Something to be thankful for: takeout.
Yeah thanksgiving is going to suck for my kids cuz I can't cook.— juggahontas (@little_ratchet) May 10, 2016
12. I don't see why Go-Gurt can't be a new Thanksgiving Day staple.
My secret holiday apple pie recipe:— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) November 18, 2015
1: forget to buy apples
2: storm around yelling about hot-wheels on floor
3: slam box of Gogurt on table
13. It's the greatest form of free daycare.
Any parent who says they are most thankful for something other than full school days is lying.— Karri-Leigh (@karri_leigh) November 23, 2015
14. Thanksgiving is significantly lacking in the gift department.
My 7 yo asked me to remind my in-laws, "Just because it's Thanksgiving doesn't mean grandparents can't give gifts".— Stella G. Maddox (@StellaGMaddox) November 23, 2015
15. Kids are easy to get along with...when they're asleep.
I'm really enjoying Thanksgiving break with my kids.— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) November 24, 2015
Oh, wait. Never mind. They're awake now.
16. Who asked for your advice anyhow?
I'm excited about Thanksgiving because I love unwelcome parenting advice from relatives I see twice a year.— Sage Bentley (@blootypirate) November 15, 2016
17. Texan parents have a few tricks for dealing with their kids on Turkey Day.
"After dinner, kids, you can go play in the sprinklers."— The Minivan and I (@stone4031) November 17, 2016
Because that's Thanksgiving in Texas, y'all.
18. Whatever it takes to get them out of your hair.
19. "JUST EAT THE DAMN GREEN BEANS."
Thanksgiving dinner with kids is like a Nike commercial with the slogan JUST TRY IT.— Mary (@AnniemuMary) November 16, 2016
20. Come for the food, stay for the great conversation.
The main conversation at the kids table this thanksgiving was "it's funny that turkeys fart". I can't disagree, it's hilarious!— Adam Glaze (@adam_glaze) November 27, 2015
Just wait, parents. Once Thanksgiving is over, there are only a few more weeks until Christmas. You'll get to relive it all again soon.