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Top 25 Photos From the Instagram #parentingforreal Photo Challenge

By Lauren Hartmann |

Parenting For Real

My favorite Fern photo of the challenge, taken after she learned a new trick: taking off her diaper and peeing all over the place. #parentingforreal

This past week a number of you joined in on the Instagram baby photo challenge that I proposed and it was so much fun!

All week long I looked forward to sharing in the real-life moments you experienced with your little ones and I know that many of you felt the same.  I received many comments and e-mails from people who found the challenge to be a source of encouragement for them, because they thought everyone else had it all together and they felt better knowing that we all have our ups, downs, joys and struggles.

It seems like the #parentingforreal hashtag really caught on and gave us all a bit of solidarity in parenting which is most definitely a good thing.

And now, here are my top 25 favorite photos from the challenge….


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Parenting For Real Instagram Photo Challenge

From: emop

After commenting on how impressive the photo of her 5 month old standing unassisted was Erin responded, "Here is the truth! She stood long enough for 12 snapshots and then I just barely caught her!"
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Thank you all for joining in on this photo challenge!  I hope to see more #parentingforreal moments from time to time even though the challenge is over, because I know when I’m having a bad day and feeling like I’m doing a crappy job at parenting, I’ll be heading over for a peek at that hashtag.

Make sure to check out more photos from the mamas from this challenge!


Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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About Lauren Hartmann


Lauren Hartmann

Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Top 25 Photos From the Instagram #parentingforreal Photo Challenge

  1. danni says:

    These are hysterical. I think you need to keep this going every so often.

  2. Christine says:

    I’ve looked at these at least 10 times today. It was a great idea! I’ll definitely be adding to this hash tag quite frequently even though the challenge is over. Thanks for the reminder to keep it real!

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