Part of being a kid is getting in trouble, but some times their actions are just too funny or clever to be seriously upset about. Parents weigh in on this topic, sharing some hilarious instances of when their kids bad behavior made them anything but mad.
A Little Entrepreneur.
“My daughter got in trouble in kindergarten for selling pencils to other kids. She was charging kids a quarter, the school charged 50 cents. I was pretty impressed.”
The Good Outweighs The Bad.
“My 3 year old dragged a chair from the lounge to the kitchen and climbed up to help herself to an ice cream from the freezer, I caught her in the act and was prepared to be angry until I realized that before getting herself one, she had taken 2 out for her little brother and sister, unwrapped them and sent them out to the balcony to eat so they wouldn’t make a mess. I decided she deserved the ice cream.”
A Simple Anagram.
“My 16 year old son and his buddies decided to call their dodgeball team ‘Snipe’ so that they could “accidentally” stand in front of the whole school with their lettered t-shirts spelling out penis. Such a proud mom, I was!”
“One night my wife and I were having a discussion with our 10 year old daughter about the importance of homework, education and her future. The subject came up because she was busted lying about her grades. I asked, ‘Don’t you want to grow up and be successful like me?’ Her response was, ‘Mom doesn’t do anything and she’s got it pretty good.'”
Too Cute To Be Mad.
“My son was 2 when he got his first pair of eyeglasses. At first he resisted wearing them until he realized he could see properly for the first time in his life. One day I brought home a 5 pound bag of individually wrapped chocolates. He had gone upstairs to his room and he was being way too quiet for too long. I went up there and he was surrounded by wrappers, covered in chocolate. He was so proud of himself: ‘Mommy, I not need help to open them, so I not had to ask!’ It was the first time he had been able to see where to pull to open the wrappers. I was so happy that he could finally see that I couldn’t be angry. The punishment was his bellyache, kid’s lactose intolerant.”
A Tricky Workaround.
“I blocked YouTube on the iPad. I was a little worried my kid might see some stuff not intended for a 5 year old. My kid found a work-around by starting up Angry Birds, clicking on the Angry Birds Cartoons, then browsing to his favorite YouTuber using the Voice Search function. I have to say, that’s brighter than most adults I’ve seen. He dealt with bypassing Password protection and his own inability to write using the speech function. That’s amazing!”
Playing Up Your Strengths.
“I have twins. The boy is a perfectly normal, the girl has Autism so she doesn’t really know how to communicate. On their third birthday, they got a lot of toys, which were in the living room so that it wasn’t a distraction at bedtime. The following morning, she woke up and wanted to play with her new dolls but she didn’t know how to get our attention to open the door. But she knows her brother can get the door open. So she grabs a Nerf hammer then just starts beating her brother in the head with it until his cries sent me running into the room. As soon as I open the door she runs past me, laughing, straight to her new toys. Sociopathic maybe, but damn clever.”
Jokes On You.
“My nine year old son called me into his room because he had a monster in his closet. I tell him he’s too old for that kind of thing and to go back to sleep. He pleads with me to check. I open the door and turn on the light, staring back at me is some scruffy looking thing with angry eyes and I scream. It was a mirror. I’m trying to see if I’m having a heart attack and he’s laughing his troll ass off. I’m proud of his cleverness but considered if he were too old to be left on someone’s doorstep.”
Kids Are Like Sponges.
“Ok, so not my kid but my significantly younger sibling. The family was out to dinner and she accidentally dropped her fork on the ground. As a reflex that she undoubtedly picked up from my mom, she shouted out ‘S–T!’ Clearly, the entire restaurant heard her. My mom was mortified and immediately tried to repair the situation. ‘No! No, baby! That’s not what we say. What do we say?’ My sister took a moment to think this one through. She dug down deep into her recollection of what mommy would say in that situation, and responded with a clear and resounding ‘F–K!'”
Guilt Is The Best Punishment.
“My daughter accidentally said ‘s–t,’ it was just a combo of two words that mushed together to create this curse. I told her it was ok, I was there and I knew the context. She got so upset with herself, she punished herself by sending herself to bed. None of my assurances made her feel OK about what she had done.”
“4 year old wanted to go to the zoo. I didn’t. I told him we would go to the park by the zoo, because that didn’t cost any money. Then I told him I wanted to get coffee first. His response? ‘Oh, so you have money for coffee?’ I was impressed with his very appropriate and timely response.”
Playing The System.
“My son’s teacher incentivizes the kids for participation/helpful behavior in the class. She used blank slips of paper, and hands them to the kids to write their names on and put them in a ballot box. My son realized it was just standard lined paper so he started submitting his name many times a day. He stuffed the weekly ballot box for classroom prizes for two or three months. Once she caught on to it, the teacher was upset about his dishonesty. I was impressed that a 6 year old outsmarted a 45 year old for weeks on end.”
We Declare This Officially Hilarious.
“Middle kid: ‘MUUUUUM! DAAAAD! TIPPED HIS WATER ON MY LUNCH!’ Youngest: ‘IT WAS AN ACCIDENT!’ Middle Kid: ‘WAS NOT!’ Youngest: ‘IT WAS SO! IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! I DIDN’T MEAN IT!’ Eldest: ‘How could it possibly have been an accident? You tipped your drink over her lunch while saying ‘I now declare this sandwich officially… wet.” SO HARD to yell at him without laughing.I had to give up and let my wife do it.”
This Kid Means Business.
“I went to Walmart with my boys the and some guy nearly backed over us in the parking lot. It was bad. The guy is just staring at us like we materialized out of nowhere. My stepson plants his feet and flips him the double bird. Completely calm, confident, full eye contact, and he held it up there for a good three seconds. The kiddo is normally kind of shy with adults. It was like seeing a glimpse of the man he is going to become.”
This Girl Stands Her Ground.
“When my daughter was 6, a boy in school was bullying her. He was confronting her one day and said, ‘I bet you don’t have the nerve to kick me in the nuts.’ She did. We got a call from the school. My ex and I had to stifle laughter while talking to the principal. We exploded once we were outside, then had to rein it in once we met up with our daughter. The kid who was bullying her left her alone after that.”
Storage Wars For The Win.
“My kindergartener started a black-market ring at his YMCA aftercare. He had brought a bunch of nerf darts and then recruited several other kids to sell for him. He then kept most of the proceeds, with his ‘agents’ getting a small cut. He also had other kids bring more nerf darts from their own home, which he would buy at a small rate then have his agents sell for him. I was pretty freaking impressed, but I had to act angry for the benefit aftercare director. I asked my son how he had thought of this scheme, and he told me he learned it from watching Storage Wars. He said he knew he would eventually get caught, because some of his agents were, in his words, ‘too weak-minded to keep quiet.'”
He Has A Point.
“My son was in first grade and told the school that he was diabetic and needed a morning and afternoon snack. I got a call from his teacher asking me to come in for a conference. When I arrived there was the nurse, teacher, principal, and a social worker. They said I was putting his life in danger by not informing them. When I told them he was not diabetic they were dumb founded and then called the doctor. When the nurse got off the phone she told them to go get my son, and she asked him why he lied. He said Anna told me she is diabetic and that’s why she gets snacks twice a day so I thought I would give it a try. Then he said its not my fault you trusted a first grader.”