PARENTING
09/11/2014 11:59 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What 7 P.M. Looks Like For Parents Across The World Reveals That No Two Families Are The Same

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is no singular parenting experience. From single moms and dads to stay-at-home or work-from-home parents, those with children are snowflakes with their very own styles, rules and daily routines.

So what better way to illustrate this than to snapshot the lives of moms and dads across the country at an often-pivotal time on the parenting clock? We asked our readers to send us photos of what they were doing with (or without) their kids at 7pm, a time when the little ones may be home from school or daycare, but the activities vary.

And don't worry -- if your family isn't gathered around a perfect, serene dinner table or your kid is avoiding bath time like it's kale, you're not alone:

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"Not always bath time right at 7, but that's what we aim/hope for." -Kristin Troncoso

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"Getting twins ready for bed." -Jennifer Kolosky Eastman

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‎"Diner, homework and lunches for tomorrow are done. ‎ Mom is sitting in a hammock and watching the kids, big and small, play outside on a beautiful end of day before bath time...." -Caroline Etter

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"Being told 'what for' by my very sassy one year old at dinner time." -Megan Griffith

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"Played in the rain!" -Kate Parker

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"At big brother's football practice while watching little brother have a tantrum..." -Karen Than Myaing

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"Playtime before bedtime." -Helen Goldman

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"Putting the geese up for the night in Pikeville, Tennessee, at Goose and Fig Farm." -Amy Balog

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"Nighttime playground time helps everyone sleep better!" -Karen Anne Quintero

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"What can I say?" -Atithan Yamada

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"Even princesses brush their teeth." -Shanda Shultz

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"Chillaxin before bath time." -Heidi McAfee

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"Watching ballet practice." -Stacie Perrault Staub

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"Bath and bed time ... Also known as Happy Hour." -Kate Eryn Cywinski

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"Finishing a homework project that was due yesterday..." -Elizabeth Miller Smith

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"Kitty snuggling here in Brockton, Ma!" -Deanna Greenstein

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"7pm is wind down to bedtime with a bit of quiet drawing." -Katie Reed

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"Just finished nursing this sweet toddler and now praying for sleep." -Kate Kraley

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"Brushing teeth." -Leah Brandi Deragon

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"Swim lessons." -Kate Woodruff Felton

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"Eating a spoonful of Nutella from the jar for dessert." -Alexandria Chang

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"Sticking the toes in the lake before the sun goes down in Lake Winnipesaukee, Melvin Village, NH." -Meghann Sargent

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