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10 Reasons Why Parents and Zookeepers Are Alike

I’m pretty sure being a parent gives us the credentials to be a zoo keeper. Here are 10 reasons why parents and zookeepers are alike.

1. I can clean up poop like it’s my job. 

Baby poop, toddler poop, poop where it shouldn’t be, identifying if something is in fact poop—we can do it all.

2. Taming wild animals—check!

Wrangling animals— another check! Sometimes having a baby with reflux is like wrangling an alligator… the kicks, the twists, the arching.

And then there are toddler tantrums… Need I say more?

3. Physical strength and endurance from chasing and constraining toddlers—got it!

If you don’t believe me, try to put shoes on a toddler.

putting shoes on a toddler

4. Feeding animals who can’t seem to be satisfied—I got that one down as well. 

One word: Toddlers. If I can con two toddlers into eating a bite of broccoli, I’m sure I can feed wild animals.

Speaking of feeding, we can even empathize with the animals. There have been many times I have felt like an actual cow. Breastfeed, pump, get baby situated, clean pump, and repeat… all day and night.

5. Then there are the feeding schedules—another check! 

Baby needs to eat every two to three hours. Toddler needs to eat at 8:00, 12:00, 4:00… and then have snacks at 8:30, 9:00, 9:15, 9:20… You get my point, right?

why parents and zookeepers are alike

6. Taking care of the sick—got it!

Between three kids, I feel like someone is always sick. But, this makes us pretty good at dealing with illness, and we know exactly what our kids need to feel better.

7. Giving medicine—got that down too!

In my house, sometimes bringing out medicine leads to immediate chaos. The “yucky medicine” can lead to tears, pleading, and sometimes even throw up. Nothing a little added chocolate syrup or a quick treat can’t solve. 

8. Getting bit—check!

Does every baby go through a biting stage? Ouch! Whether it’s biting during breastfeeding, a bite while trying to pry something out of a child’s mouth that shouldn’t be there, or biting due to toddlerdom, every parent has probably been bit at a one time or another. 

reasons why parents and zookeepers are alike

9. I have accepted the fact that I will always have something sticky or gross on my clothes—or in my hair.

Snot, poop, milk, spit-up, syrup, a squished fruit snack, food… you name it! Something is always there.

10. And finally, we truly love and care about our little animals!

Seriously, how could we not? 

Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all the things we do for our children and families! Do you ever feel like you aren’t enough? Well, the truth is, we are enough! We are everything and MORE to our kids!

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16 responses to “10 Reasons Why Parents and Zookeepers Are Alike”

  1. Maybe this is why my father’s first words about me were, “She looks like an orangutan.” I was an ugly newborn. I loved this post!

  2. Arianne P says:

    I love this, it’s so cute and 100% accurate!

  3. Marna Altman says:

    So funny and so true. I love this perspective.

    • admin says:

      Hi Marna! Thank you so much! Sometimes it’s nice to have a good laugh over the life of a mom! I am so glad you enjoyed our post!

  4. LOL these are so true!! I like the one about getting bit – that’s for sure! Never would have expected to be bitten by a human child until I became a mother!

    • admin says:

      Hi Ashley! Thank you so much! And very true! I never would have expected to actually be bit either! It’s nice to know we aren’t alone in this parenting gig!

  5. Ashley Allen says:

    Hahaha! So true!! I never thought about it but YES!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Ashley! Too funny! It’s nice to know we parents aren’t alone! It can be quite comical being a parent! Thank you for your sweet words!

  6. Karen says:

    Very cute! I am no longer the parent of toddlers, now I am the parent of tweens and…guess what?!? It’s still a zoo!!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Karen! I bet! I think we will probably be chaos coordinators over here for quite a while! Thank you for your kind words!

  7. Samantha says:

    This was so funny & cute! It made my morning!

  8. Tiarra says:

    This was so cute!!!

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Welcome to my blog. I am a licensed school counselor turned stay-at-home mom and writer. I have three wonderful children. I love the water, baking, getting creative, and traveling, especially to new places. I have a bachelor’s degree in science (Psychology major and Sociology minor), and a master’s degree in counselor education (M.Ed.). I wouldn’t call myself a parenting expert exactly, but I believe all parents are experts at raising their own children. After all, no one knows your kids better than you! My blog is about what “they say”—what we hear and read—versus what “we say”: using our own intuition. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.