Children are very curious about the world around them because most of the things are new to them and they want to experience everything. That is how you get to know what things you like and what things you are not interested in.

But because children try out everything and see the world differently than adults, they take up weird hobbies or are entertained by things that others would consider bizarre. 

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We know about it because parents are amused by the things their children are amused by and they share the weirdness with the internet. Bored Panda went to the best place for stories from parents, Twitter, and found these that you may like.

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hankgreen Report

Vicky Z
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kids help you learn new things every day as it seems

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Often little kids get into one thing and are really interested in it for a while, then they might start another phase of fascination with other things. It is quite normal and it even has a name - “intense interest.”

If it doesn’t transform into an unhealthy obsession, it is quite beneficial to the child as when they are interested in a particular topic or activity, that helps them to enhance their knowledge or skills.

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WillWiles Report

Vicky Z
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now i want to know more!!! Sounds really interesting!

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R Carson
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As long as he's not screaming in the process.

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However, these interests are not always very typical for kids or just odd in general. For example, really liking top hats or wanting to walk only backwards, as shared by parents on Twitter.

Even though they are odd, unless they cause real problems, it is normal for children to be fascinated by just one particular thing. But when it starts to be an obstacle in forming friendships or causing anxiety, it could become a serious issue that needs a solution.

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VeronicaPate Report

cookie panda
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

such a great show. my brother watches it a lot and its actually pretty informative.

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Vicky Z
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's actually very interesting and can be educating

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Online magazine Fatherly presents four ways to help manage children’s fixations. They advise warning the child multiple times and in advance when an activity will end and a new one will start so that the transition will be smoother.

When parents see that their children’s obsession is interfering with their relationships with friends, they should teach their little ones to recognize that and try to calm down.

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Vicky Z
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, who wouldn't want to be a real instead of a plastic one!

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Also, parents know their children best, so they should recognize when the fixation could be not just a phase but maybe a sign of some kind of disorder. Then the best solution would be to go to a professional. 

But if that obsession seems just like a normal interest, the best way to deal with it would be just to encourage the child because it will eventually benefit them in the future.

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Lhlodder Report

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I also feel I'm walking backwards in my life🙄

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Do you remember having any weird interests in your childhood? Share them in the comments! Also, if you have children, it would be very interesting to hear what unexpected things they are into. But if you don’t have anything to share, you can upvote the tweets that you found the most charming.

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robfee Report

Papyrus Spaghetti
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Depends on the cartoon. I plan to get my kids into stuff like Gravity Falls and Adventure Time as soon as their old enough.

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Mere Cat
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Should have one time slipped some chili pieces among the bell pepper and as the kid feels the burn, say the fire is almost there! ;) (just kidding)

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M O'Connell
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why, oh why does your son have unrestricted access to the Amazon account?

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mom_tho Report

Vicky Z
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only acceptable accent to say that

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah yes Lisa, your child is so much better than all those simpleton kids that want to grow up to be horses or superheroes. Personally, I wanted to grow up and become a cat but that was nipped in the bud by my mum and dad real fast.

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ForrisHilier Report

M O'Connell
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, but has he learned effective strategies for crop production on fragipan soils?

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rainnwilson Report

snipergun
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me about sons of my two cousins, one 5 and one 9 yo at that time, yelling when my bf took down t-shirt to go to swimming pool "I'm gonna be like that, hairy with big belly and full long beard and tattoos!!!" needless to say, their fathers were not impressed but it was holding them whole that summer. Go boys, just be healthy and happy.

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