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Think your parenting skills aren’t up to snuff? Maybe you have those thoughts that all parents have, but you just don’t feel comfortable sharing?

Well, you should meet Chris Illuminati. I’m assuming that’s not his real name, but he’s the single dad of two kids AND also an author. Every week he shares some honest, hilarious advice and observations about parenting on his Instagram account – his brilliant Post-it notes have to be seen to be believed. Seriously game changing stuff here, which he reposts on A Message With A Bottle.

Have a looksie:

He recently told Scary Mommy that the account came about due to dumb luck:

“The original idea behind the notes was just a personal joke the first time I was home alone with my son. I keep notes for my writing jobs so I wrote a note that said ‘Feed baby. Change baby. Don’t let baby die’ and stuck it on the board with my other notes.”

Yes, it’s a good thing to not let your baby die. Pro tip.

And so, it became a thing…

“So I thought ‘what if I left reminders for myself on how to be a better parent’ but those just evolved into jokes. I put them online and people really loved them.”

And that’s how an Instagram account, now with over 38K followers, was born!

But it’s not just advice for himself. Chris posts a lot of “yep, that’s me” thoughts all parents share.

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Parents. Where’s our fucking trophies? #parenting #parenthood #dadlife #kids #parentinglife #fatherhood #messagewithabottle #youthsports

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And dad jokes…

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For a place where we all go to get clean, the bathroom is a pretty disgusting place. The only course of action is to keep stuff as safe and sterile as possible. * * * That’s why I love these toothbrush covers from Steripod. They keep toothbrush heads covered from all the other stuff that goes on in the bathroom. Think about bathroom spray. Do you think that stuff goes everywhere EXCEPT near the toothbrushes? * * * Check out @getsteripod toothbrush clips. My kids love them as toothbrush covers and nose covers. Don’t ask. #sponsored #thepodlife #steripod

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More tips for being a pro parent…

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Don’t say you weren’t warned. (Talks louder over whistles) DON’T SAY YOU WEREN’T WARNED!! #dad #dads #dadlife #dadsofinstagram #dadstuff #funny #kids #lifewithkids #parenting101 #truth #parenting #parentingtips #parentinglife#parentingdoneright #fatherhood #notes #messagewithabottle #parentinghumor #birthdayparty #kidsparty #warning

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And some that tug at the heart strings…

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Sometimes you’ve just got to say “you know what, tomorrow is another day.” And say that for like 42 straight days. * * * #parenting #parents #parenthood #parentproblems #dad #dadlife #singledad #singleparent #parentingquotes #parentinglife #fatherhood #parentingadvice #kids #messagewithabottle #advice #lifelessons #adviceoftheday #parentingishard

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Check out the following posts Chris put up, and see if you can relate. I bet you can. 🙂

“Yo homes, a Bel-Air”

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“Now this is a story all about how….” DON’T FORGET! – Get this and 365 more notes in my 2019 calendar! Link is in my bio. ORDER NOW! — https://amzn.to/2IZXlFV Seriously. Now. Why are you still reading? GO NOW! #tbt #tbt #fresh #kids #dadsofinstagram #parent

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Oh, that’s not a bad idea…

Thankfully, the neighbors approve!

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I try not to yell too loud out of respect for my neighbors but now maybe I should give them a show. ⁣ ⁣ “Do not set fire to that wall! We have neighbors!!”⁣ ⁣⁣ #parenting ⁣⁣ #parenthood ⁣⁣ #dadlife ⁣⁣ #kids ⁣⁣ #parentinglife ⁣⁣ #fatherhood ⁣⁣ #messagewithabottle ⁣⁣

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Truth!

No sense in letting good food go to waste!

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I’m kidding. I don’t think longer than 2 seconds. #parenting #parenthood #dadlife #kids #parentinglife #fatherhood #messagewithabottle #dadsofinstagram #dad2summit #dads #dadjokes

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Gotta make those lunches!

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Did I lick the knife after taking this photo? OF COURSE I F*!&KING DID!!! I also made myself an “after lunch” sandwich. . . . . #dads #dadlife #dadsofinstagram #dadstuff #funny #kids #lifewithkids #truth #parenting #parentingtips #parentinglife #parentingdoneright #parentingwin #fatherhood #parentingproblems #handwriting #notes #messagewithabottle #lunch #peanutbutterandjelly #thisiswhyImfat

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“Parent” needs to be paid more, right?

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The list of most stressful jobs should go⁣ ⁣ 1) military⁣ 2) fire/police/EMTs⁣ 3) parents⁣ 4) surgeons⁣ 5) anyone on Kanye West’s PR team⁣ ⁣ Done.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #parenting #parenthood #dadlife #kids #parentinglife #fatherhood #messagewithabottle #dads #dadsofinstagram #dadjokes #lists #stress #stressrelief

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Omg, we’re all crying now Chris! Thanks!

Dad. Of. The. Year.