Dad Posts ‘Before And After Kids’ Photos On Instagram To Show The Toll Parenting Takes

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Mike Julianelle is a New York dad. He runs the daddy blog “Dad and Buried.” His Instagram account, “Got Toddlered,” went viral recently after he shared “before and after kids” photos.

The father believes the sleep deprivation and stress of raising two kids, now 7 years old and 2 years old, has changed his appearance. The dad isn’t knocking parenting. He loves his kids. Rather, he’s poking fun at some of its more difficult aspects.

“Obviously, it’s meant to be lighthearted, and no one is seriously blaming their children for the state of their faces or lives — except for me, when I seriously blame my kids for the state of my face and my life, which is basically all I do on my blog and Facebook page and Twitter,” Mike joked.

A mother messaged him saying she loved the photos and encouraged him to ask for submissions. Now, parents across the country and world wide web are showing how raising kids has changed them.

“I’ve gotten a lot more of these than I did of the typical ‘my toddler destroyed something’ memes I was previously receiving! Probably because taking a photo of something your kids destroyed is less of a priority than cleaning it up,” Mike said. “And it’s much easier to clean a mess than it is to fix your own face!”

He has gotten dozens of photos showing overwhelmed parents who’ve sacrificed their once primped and proper appearance for the sake of their kids.

“I think they show the toll kids take on parents,” he said. “There’s no shame in admitting that for all the peaks, there are plenty of pits. Kids are the worst best thing that’s ever happened to us, and if we don’t laugh about the havoc they wreak, we’d have to cry instead — and I’m not a crier.”

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