Admitting you have a problem is the first step in fixing it so I’m going to confess to you all that I am relatively low on patience lately with my kids. Normally, I’m more laid-back and good at remembering to keep my cool but even my husband, who is always slow to be irritated with them, has noticed that they’ve been extra ridiculous lately. Maybe it’s the end of the school year or maybe it’s their ages but regardless, they’re driving us a little crazier than usual. The current state of my parenting made me think of all the times that most parents lose patience with their kids. It makes me feel better knowing I’m not alone and that other parents are also gritting their teeth and counting to 10 in their head in an effort to not explode. Here are the times every parent loses patience with their child:

1. When They’re Picking Out A Toy/Souvenir

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I nearly lost it at the zoo gift shop yesterday when my daughter was making her souvenir decision with the same weight that one would choose a college. It was clear that nothing was really jumping out at her but of course, she had to get SOMETHING because her brother was. Watching her hem and haw nearly put me over the edge.

2. At Bedtime

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For any variety of reasons, bedtime is a part of the day rife for losing it on our kids. They’re tired. You’re tired. They have 10 million requests and might also refuse to put on pajamas or brush their teeth. If you are a parent and make it through your kids’ childhood without losing it at least once during bedtime, I think you can officially call yourself a unicorn.

3. While They’re Eating (Or Refusing To Eat)

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Whether they’re picking their food apart and making a huge mess or flat-out refusing to eat what’s on their plate, parenting during mealtime can be incredibly stressful. My kids are good eaters but are known to tear a piece of bread into 400 teeny pieces if I’m not watching. Drives.me.nuts.

4. When Helping Them Get Dressed

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Some kids are very fussy with their wardrobes and my son is one of those kids. To his credit, he has gotten tons better as he’s grown older but his toddler years were maddening. Before he could articulate himself, we had no idea why he would tear off a new shirt and refuse to wear it ever again and watching all those brand-new, unworn clothes pile up was incredibly frustrating. I’m proud of myself for how calm I (mostly) remained but boy, was it tough.

5. During Potty Training

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Our daughter took a long time to get the hang of pooping on the toilet. When I say a long time, I mean she was pee trained for at least a year before she finally figured out number two. Remaining relatively calm while scraping poop out of the umpteenth pair of tiny underwear is a parenting feat I’m still proud of to this day.