Published by Michelle Reynolds.

You’re not the only stressed-out mom or dad who’s ever thought, “That’s it. He’s going to timeout for SIX MONTHS.” Parenting is a tough gig. But it helps to know that you’re not alone. Temperamental toddlers and rebellious adolescents try the patience of moms and dads everywhere—including in the animal kingdom.

As one hilariously named children’s book so eloquently put it, sometimes all mom and dad want is a little bit of peace and quiet. So why can’t the kids just Go! To! Sleep!? This rat mom is right there with ya—she’s got 11 kids to put to bed.

Rat Mom Tucks Her Babies In

This rat mom has the sweetest bedtime routine with her babies 💕💕💕

Posted by The Dodo on Sunday, May 14, 2017

It seems like no matter how many times you wipe their faces, wash their hands, and change their clothes, kids are always finding new ways of getting dirty. So if you’ve ever said, “How did you get dirty in five minutes? What even IS this? Come here—let me clean your face,” you’ll relate to this fox dad:

A foxy video-Mom and Baby

Here's a brief video showing Mom and her interaction with a couple of her kits, taking some time to fuss over one and pick some ticks off it. {EDIT: This is actually Dad Fox – showing some very motherly characteristics. Tragically, this Dad was killed by a car 3 weeks after this video was taken, on July 4, 2016, leaving the Mother fox, who was much more secretive, to raise the family the rest of the way.}

Posted by Wallace River Photography on Monday, June 13, 2016

If your kids are old enough, you’ve likely had a conversation that went something like this:

Kid: “I can’t do it.”

You: “Yes, you can.”

Kid: “No, I can’t. You do it for me.”

You: “If I do it for you, you won’t learn anything.”

Kid: “I don’t want to learn anything, I just want _________.”

You: “Just try.”

Kid: “I can’t.”

You (under your breath): “Why can’t beer come in two-liters?

Elephants go through the same thing—and they never forget it even after Junior is all grown up.

You can see the entire video on YouTube, and—spoiler alert—the young elephant does make it across the stream, after eight minutes.

As much as they may drive you crazy sometimes, that terrifying moment when your baby gets separated from you is one that parents will never forget. Cows on dairy farms almost always have their babies taken away from them so that humans can drink the milk that they had produced for their own calves. But for one incredible mom, Maybelle, and her baby, Miles, the story had a much happier ending:

Another thing that human and animal parents have in common: They all love their babies and would do anything to protect them. Please, let animal families live in peace. By buying cruelty-free products, you can make sure rat moms get to put their little ones to bed. By refusing to wear fur, you’re letting fox parents care for their kits. By steering clear of captive-animal displays, you let penguin pops and elephant moms raise their young in freedom. And by choosing non-dairy milk, you can help ensure that cows like Maybelle will never have to endure seeing their precious baby torn away from them again.

PETA salutes all awesome parents. Thanks, moms and dads!

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