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Not all heroes wear capes.

1. Getting the cap on the marker before they run out of the room or seconds before it makes contact with the wall, your couch, their pants…

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2. The one-arm grab for the pacifier before it hits the floor in the airport/transit station/[insert your worst nightmare germ-ridden surface here].

3. Spotting your kid’s “I’m going to puke face” before they hurl all over their flower girl dress and your niece’s wedding dress.

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4. Reclaiming possession of child before they spit up on friend or family member. You are used to it, what’s another one more. Then catching the spit up in your hand. Bonus points for getting it into a bag or any other receptacle.

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5. Getting the stain out of their I-refuse-to-wear-anything-else t-shirt.

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6. Intercepting your child before they’ve cut off too much of their hair for the stylist to cut it into anything but a bowl cut.

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7. Finding the missing lovey before bedtime.

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8. Washing their favorite lovey/shirt/blanket and returning it to its place before child wakes up from a nap. No harm no foul.

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9. Effectively distracting them at the grocery store before they rub their sticky, snotty hands all over every.single.piece. of fruit and take down all the cereal boxes.

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10. Catching the sippy cup as they toss it from the highchair without it turning into a game of toss the sippy cup.

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11. Intercepting the flinging fist of spaghetti. Transitioning to real food (instead of baby food) was supposed to make life easier.

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12. Diverting your child who refused to wear rain boots from the puddle on the way to the bus stop.

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13. Avoiding the crash! bang! of the falling pots and pans you are attempting to put away by dropping to the floor and cushioning their blow with your entire body. The baby just went down 10 minutes ago.

14. Wiping their snotty nose before they go in for the hug, saving your shoulder from snot.

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15. Making it to the bathroom. Any time. During potty training.

Parents make amazing saves every day, but for those that go awry and all the near misses, Clorox is there to clean up the mess.