10 Humorous Comparisons of Family Life: Expectation vs. Reality

7An ideal child

We all have a picture of our child being the most benevolent, kind, hardworking and a genius kid and no please do not try to deny it ,as every parent considers their kids the most talented on the planet! .they want their kids to be in the ivy league even before he is in 1st grade! And we seek pride when he immerses himself in school work and has straight “A”s but in reality most of our kids our devils in disguise, breaking the neighbor’s window while playing baseball or soccer or sneaking out all the cookies before the guests arrive and ignoring school work like the plague!

An ideal child expectation vs reality

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8A pleasant shopping experience

This fantasy usually comes from all the commercials we see for the Wal-Mart or Macy’s grand sale where happy, well dressed, well-behaved children along with supermodel looking parents carouse around the aisles and do shopping without any arguments. Well, but in reality, when you are with your unruly kids shopping can be a trip to Vietnam, with constant screaming, whining about what is necessary for the house and the packets of Cheetos. Not to add the phenomenon of losing kids in the maze of aisles.

Pleasant shopping experience

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9A family celebration

We think we would have a nice cozy thanksgiving or a Christmas dinner with our wife and kids with scrumptious food on the table with all the holiday spirit running all over us. But most of the time we do not get his luxury as our extended family decides to join in (numbering no less than 100!) and decide to have a party according to their plans which ensues chaos, property damage and usually the dog on the dinner table munching on our baked potatoes. But no matter how chaotic it may be it’s still an experience of being all together once in a year with all the idiosyncrasies of our relatives which are after all family as well.

Family celebration

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10Lovely gifts

It is your birthday or anniversary and no matter how much you deny you secretly wish some sweet gesture from your partner, it could be a dinner or a movie or a sentimental gift to be cherished forever like a ring or necklace, but it’s no hallmark movie my dear.



In reality, your husband (thoughtfully) gives you a dumpling steamer because you love to bake steam and cook for him. It would make your life easier in kitchen slaving over cooking for him. How memorable and thoughtful of him! Our advice is to keep a blunt object handy to swing at his head as his memorable gift for sure which he will not forget soon enough.

Lovely gifts expectation vs reality

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