One of the things that’s interesting about parenthood is how your kids are often two things at once. Like, you love that your child is curious and observant and precocious…but sometimes you don’t love the questions that result from those traits, often out of the blue.
As adults we’re used to having time to prepare for tests, you know? Kids don’t care, though – they will lob any old weird question or observation at you any old time and 100% expect that you have the answer.
I have to think these 15 parents were not at all prepared, but listen – they did their best. That’s all we can all really do.
15. This might actually work.
Heck, it might work for adults, too.
3: Mommy, I don’t want dinner!!
Me: I’m not making dinner, I’m making you a big snack
3: Yay! Snacks!
?????? ?? ??? ???? ???? ?? ??????? ???? ????
— kids_kubed ?? (@Kids_kubed) October 1, 2020
14. Bless his heart.
Maybe he still thinks hiding makes him completely invisible.
[How to lose at Hide-and-seek]
Me: [eyes closed] 1…2….3…..
4yo: [whispers] Daddy can I hide in your shirt?
— Richard Dean (@dad_on_my_feet) March 24, 2020
13. This is actually priceless.
That would be amazing if you thought about it that way.
*Opens bottle of bleach*
Nephew : How did you open it? I tried but it didn't open.
Me : Oh it's coz it has a child safety lock. Children can't open it.
*nephew looks at bottle in amazement*
Nephew : How did it know I was a child?
— Julz (@azedi) November 27, 2018
12. I guess no one ever told him it was optional.
Bless his heart.
11. It won’t last forever.
Someday soon they will be certain they know more than you do. Nay, everything.
Toddler: Daddy I want toast.
Me: ok, buddy. Here’s some toast.
Toddler: I don’t like butter on my toast
Me: (flips toast over to the dry side and hands it back) There ya go.
Toddler: Thanks Daddy!
Toddlers are dumb. Take advantage of it while you can.#Dadlife
— TwinzerDad (@TwinzerDad) January 23, 2019
10. A missed learning opportunity.
At least it’s been shored up now?
I bought my son a book about bats and halfway through it he shouted out, “WHAT??? BATS ARE REAL?!?!” All this time he thought they were made up for Halloween like ghosts and witches
— ally (@TragicAllyHere) August 16, 2018
9. I guess you really do use math every day.
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t sign up for this.
8. Always ask the follow-up questions.
Just assume at first that they have no idea what they’re talking about.
7. It boggles the mind.
He wanted to let it out at just the right time, I guess.
6. That game needs some work.
Of course it does go a lot quicker that way.
5. That’s one way to look at it.
I doubt he’d be that thrilled with the reality the rest of the year, though.
I was arguing with my husband and my son screamed "yay! TWO christmases!" from the other room.
— JennyPentland GED (@JennyPentland) May 6, 2017
4. I mean she probably appreciated it.
That’s not an easy job to do on a daily basis, either.
3. Good job on sounding it out.
Not on the pronunciation, but you’re halfway there.
9-year old: Dad smell this. You licked a puss.
Me: [mutes TV] what
9-year old: it’s so good. Smell it. You licked a puss.
9-year old: [hands me a candle jar]
Me. It’s *eucalyptus*
— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) December 17, 2017
2. Parenting can be fun sometimes.
Even if you’re technically traumatizing your child.
Daughter didn’t want “sunscream” so I put her outside and yelled “SUN…. GET HER” and now she’s flipping out.
— Nik ? (@jacaristar) August 25, 2018
1. Information that would have been useful five minutes ago.
Kids are really good at the timing, aren’t they?
I think they handled it about as well as can be expected, don’t you? And some of them handled it with a lot more humor that I would have, too!
What’s a funny-but-unexpected conversation you’ve had with your kids? Share it with us in the comments!