Being a parent is challenging in the best of times, but add a pandemic on top of that and your kids might drive you even crazier than usual. Bored Panda has collected some of the funniest things that parents are sharing about their everyday quarantine struggles raising their kids, so scroll down, upvote your favorites, and drop us a comment if you’re parents yourselves, dear Readers. When you’re done with this list, check out our earlier post about the funny pics that parents stuck in quarantine with their kids have shared.

Bored Panda reached out to Lenore Skenazy, president of the nonprofit organization Let Grow that is dedicated to fighting overprotection, promoting independence, and making kids “future-proof.” We spoke with Lenore to learn about how kids having more unstructured time and independence because of the quarantine is a positive thing. “Before the pandemic, a whole lot of kids were scheduled to the max: school, super-short recess, more school, extracurriculars, sports, homework, reading for the reading log (which is also homework!), sleep, repeat,” she told us.

“Zero unstructured time was making kids anxious. More than two-thirds of teens said anxiety and depression were ‘major problems among their peers,’ according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, and by the way, this pressurized childhood was not just among the one percent. Across the economic spectrum, parents felt they were supposed to schedule, hover—even ‘helicopter’ their kids.” Scroll down for the rest of our in-depth interview with Lenore.

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My Daughter Backed Into A Light Pole And Promptly Got Out Of The Vehicle And Fled The Scene. Her Very First Hit And Run

My Daughter Backed Into A Light Pole And Promptly Got Out Of The Vehicle And Fled The Scene. Her Very First Hit And Run

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Adam C
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4 months ago

She know you didn't paid for the insurance.

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Cereal Bowls

Cereal Bowls

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Chrissy Neibarger
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4 months ago

Smart kid!

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#3

Honestly, I Can Relate

Honestly, I Can Relate

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

I don't know if I should laugh or cry at this one.

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“And then—well you know what happened. An explosion of free time. And while some of it is spent in distance learning, most of it is free-form, which means…it’s videogame time! Three hours later, it’s still videogame time! But at some point, even that gets old for most kids, and they start figuring out new things to do.”

According to Lenore, kids are now finding new hobbies and activities to enjoy, from riding bikes to making pancakes. “One mom told us her daughter was so bored (‘or a pod person has taken over her body’) that she started folding her own laundry. Then she folded her mom’s! And so many kids have started sewing, it’s like Little House on the Prairie out there.”

The president of Let Grow explained that this is happening because adults are handing over the reins to their kids. “Our whole belief is this: When adults step back, kids step up,” Lenore shared the core belief of the organization.

#4

My Wife Dressed My Son Up As Frida For A Project For His Class To Recreate Her Art. Today In His Zoom Meeting We Found Out That Meant A Drawing Or Painting

My Wife Dressed My Son Up As Frida For A Project For His Class To Recreate Her Art. Today In His Zoom Meeting We Found Out That Meant A Drawing Or Painting

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MacDudu
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4 months ago

Either way, he looks pleased with it.

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#5

Homeschooling

Homeschooling

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Dan Jennings
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4 months ago

they're not wrong...

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#6

My Son Found Some "Stickers" In The Bathroom

My Son Found Some "Stickers" In The Bathroom

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Hans
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4 months ago

Write Banksy below it and sell the whole bathroom for $ 3 500 000.

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“What’s good about this new independence? Well, that’s like asking what’s good about those canals in Venice. For years they were so outrageously busy, the water was filthy. But now, you can see fish—it’s coming back to life. And that’s what’s happening to kids. For years, they were so outrageously busy with adult-run, adult-supervised activities, they couldn’t see all the other things they were capable of, or who they were deep down.”

Now, kids are helping their parents out more at home, some are getting along with their siblings better than before while many families are reporting that they feel closer than ever.

“The reason is that at last, they’ve got time. They don’t have to get out the door at 7:03 every morning or make it to soccer by 4:15,” Lenore pointed out. “We wish we could say that everything is this rosy everywhere, but of course, that’s not true. There’s frustration and fear. Some parents are out of work. Some families are worse off than that. Nonetheless, we are hearing stories of kids becoming the competent, confident young men and women they were secretly ready to become all along. As the single dad of an 8-year-old told us: ‘My daughter can do more than I realized on her own.’”

#7

These Are Troubling Times

These Are Troubling Times

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Plinkety
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4 months ago

Looks official. You'd best comply.

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#8

Lockdown Day 17. In Case Anyone Is Wondering How Us Parents Are Doing, This Is My 3-Year-Old Cleaning His Potty With My Toothbrush

Lockdown Day 17. In Case Anyone Is Wondering How Us Parents Are Doing, This Is My 3-Year-Old Cleaning His Potty With My Toothbrush

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DancingToMyself
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4 months ago

Be thankful that you caught him. This time.

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#9

An Actual Text I Had To Send Today. I'm So Tired

An Actual Text I Had To Send Today. I'm So Tired

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devi L.
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4 months ago

I feel like this apology was unnecessary.

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Bored Panda also spoke to Lenore about the lessons that parents should keep in mind about raising their kids for the future when the pandemic is finally over. She shared her opinion that our overprotective and overscheduled culture is stunting kids’ growth, even though they’re more resilient and resourceful than many think. “Allow them to flourish by letting them do more themselves,” she said.

“Kids want to help out. Even if they complain about chores (and they will!), making dinner or keeping their little brother out of mom’s office makes them feel proud to be givers, not just takers. Let’s let them keep helping,” Lenore explained.

She added that free play is also educational because kids gain essential life skills when they solve problems and make decisions on their own. There’s a huge difference between when a child is forced to do something for a grade and when they do it for fun.

“One mom told us that her daughter has ‘dysgraphia’—difficulty with handwriting. Getting her to do her homework was torture. But since the pandemic? Her daughter is writing a diary,” Lenore shared with us. “Kids are like seeds buried in the earth—they need water to grow. Free time is that water. When kids get it, they blossom.”

#10

From 1st Day Working At Home. She Got Pink Slime In Her Hair

From 1st Day Working At Home. She Got Pink Slime In Her Hair

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Kjorn
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4 months ago

thought it was a big piece of Bubble gum

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#11

He's Crying Because He Bit His Own Arm

He's Crying Because He Bit His Own Arm

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Ananeemoos Jak
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4 months ago

hey, it still hurts

Daniel Mason
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4 months ago

"Charlie bit myself"

Morgueuz
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4 months ago

That really hurt Charlie !

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Tami Bridges
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4 months ago

That little outfit though...

Keisha Washington
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4 months ago

Have you ever bitten the inside of your mouth? This is the kid equivalent.

Leon'
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4 months ago

Love the tie though.

Teresa Groth
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4 months ago

Good chance he could be teething and the pain is scary for him!

Rebecca Fawcett
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4 months ago

My 1 year old granddaughter pulled her own hair and cried for 10 minutes and got mad at me for not stopping her.

Anandra Danubis
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4 months ago

It's a learning moment!

Raychelle Page
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3 months ago

That's my little brother But he mostly bites me

rachel carter
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3 months ago

Aww looks adorable ..yeah that would hurt but at least he can't blame Charlie for biting him unless by coincidence his name is Charlie hahah

AzKhaleesi
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3 months ago

Guess he just learned how much that hurts.

Andrea Hall
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3 months ago

in his little tailored suit...

Jane W.
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3 months ago

Many ways to learn.

Kimberley Thomas
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3 months ago

Oh, so there's a kid version of how cats & dogs chase after their tails? Question is, will he do it again?

SweetCrescentMoon
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3 months ago

That's one way to get attention

citi cat
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3 months ago

i want to hug the little sweetie!!

Anton Kider
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4 months ago

Future of humanity...

rycbar123
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4 months ago

That is totally me 🤣

Gerard White
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4 months ago

And that's how they learn...

Kamila Ciuła
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4 months ago

My daughter cried because she bit her finger... when she tried to eat the food from her hand. Uhhh toddlers...

Kylie Stovall
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4 months ago

wtf lol 😆😂😔😜😋

MoonShadow
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4 months ago

hes the boss baby

Linda Petersen
Community Member
4 months ago

Am I bad that I laughed? I remember one of mine doing this!

Catherine Todd
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4 months ago (edited)

omg - sometimes it is very hard to have kids! what's he going to "test" next?

Bee Diaz
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4 months ago

That should teach him not to bite.

Christina Uhlir
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4 months ago (edited)

This is what a little child does when is frustrated or in pain.

Denis Brown
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4 months ago

It is what they do when busy exploring limits. Happens. One of mine bit herself then bit the cat's tail. She and the cat both cried. She wanted to see if it hurt the cat as much as her. She found out and never bit anyone again. She also now is the mom of a very temperamental cat who bites at the slightest provocation. Karma.

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Patty Stier
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4 months ago

So ..... who does HE blame?

Lydia Johnson
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4 months ago

Now he knows it hurts to bite his own arm, and that it doesn't fix anything.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh yeah, the biting stage...that was fun, lol. My oldest bit her brother on the foot, for no good reason. The only thing I could think of to do was bite her, though not hard, just enough to show her it hurt, marks or anything on her, just a pinch. Never happened again until the next two kids.

Anna roberts
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4 months ago

Cause you moved yours?

Merilyn Horton
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4 months ago

Temper, temper, temper.

Anna D
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4 months ago

So cute.

Aynne Pryce
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4 months ago

Poor baby

Bender Bending Rodríguez
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4 months ago

Teething is the worst.

Karen Johnston
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4 months ago

And the fun is just starting. Wait until he's a reasonable 3 year old.

Robert Robi Z
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4 months ago

So this happens when you don't allow your child to bite your arm

Sumkindawunderful
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4 months ago

Change his diaper!

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#12

No Toilet Paper? No Problem

No Toilet Paper? No Problem

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lila7074
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4 months ago

Oh my god. Nope. I’m out. Never having children.

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According to the president of Let Grow, action breeds bravery. She shared one mom’s story about how her 7-year-old had always been scared of the woods behind their house. However, a couple of weeks into the quarantine, the child asked his mom to explore the woods with him. “In the woods, he fell off a log and it knocked the breath out of him. But then he sat up, brushed himself off, and got right back on the log. ‘When the sun started to set, he didn't want to leave,’ said his mom. One afternoon—and one mishap that he dealt with—made those woods his own.”

Lenore stressed the fact that every child feels better when they’re pushed to be more independent—even kids who appear to need constant parental assistance. She shared another story about how one 10-year-old who was always relying on their mom wrote to Let Grow and told the organization how the pandemic changed their mom’s availability and now the kid does all of their own chores without being asked to.

“Kids have talents that they may never get to show off in school. A kid who fixes the toilet during the quarantine is smart—and a hero. A’s are not the only measure of success,” said Lenore. “When kids see we believe in them, it’s the wind beneath their wings. We demonstrate that belief by letting them do more and more on their own. Now that so many parents are trusting their kids to chop the vegetables, or scooter around the block, the kids feel terrific—and so do their parents.”

#13

Quarantine Day 37: The Kids Are Trying To Cook Each Other

Quarantine Day 37: The Kids Are Trying To Cook Each Other

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KittyComics
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4 months ago

ahh yes... CHILD MEAT.

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#14

Let The Fun Begin

Let The Fun Begin

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Roxy Eastland
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4 months ago

As someone that has home educated for a decade and a half, can I assure you - the current situation is *not* home education.

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#15

Do You Laugh Or Throw More Bread At Him?

Do You Laugh Or Throw More Bread At Him?

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Noez 🇸🇪
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4 months ago

Reading this list I am also glad to be without these loud and quite funny and cute but still very weird things you call children.

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But what should parents who are struggling to handle their kids during the quarantine do? Well, Lenore explained that the important thing is not to worry if your kids are falling behind. “They’re learning all sorts of important things they couldn’t get back when there was no time goof off or goof up. Making meatballs, changing a diaper—even getting to the next level in a videogame— all take focus, patience, and practice. Those are not nothing! Those are transferable skills.”

Lenore pointed out that when Einstein was a kid, he spent a lot of his time making card houses. “That is an activity about as pointless as pointless can be….but it doesn’t seem to have slowed him down. The idea that every childhood moment must be spent ‘productively’ is not true. It’s not even true for grownups—as you must know, because here you are on Bored Panda,” Lenore quipped. “It’s a pandemic out there! Give yourself a break and your kids, too.

Let Grow has a free Independence Kit with lots of ideas for kids to do on their own right here. The organization’s website also has a lot of info and support for parents while they’re navigating school closings and trying to give their kids more independence.

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No Explanation Needed

No Explanation Needed

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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4 months ago

When a photo speaks much much lauder and clearly then 1000 words.

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#17

"Now I Know My Abc's, I’ll Write Them On Our SUV"

"Now I Know My Abc's, I’ll Write Them On Our SUV"

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KT Trondsen
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4 months ago

hand sanitizer will take it right off! :) You're welcome!

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#18

My Son Stuck His Finger In My Eye And Scratched Off The Whole Top Layer Of My Cornea

My Son Stuck His Finger In My Eye And Scratched Off The Whole Top Layer Of My Cornea

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lila7074
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4 months ago

Annnnnddd I’m. Not having kids

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Plenty of parents who are working from home have realized that the quarantine has meshed their work and home life into a seamless blob. Another thing they’re learning is that kids are, well, kids—they love playing, mucking about, and then sharing everything they did with the people they look up to the most.

However, not all kids are misbehaving and wreaking chaos with every teeny-tiny footstep. Some are behaving far better than usual because they’re glad to be spending more time with their parents, sleep more, and don’t have to rush around getting to countless afterschool activities.

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My 3-Year-Old Daughter Set Her Chalk Up This Way & Demands It's A Turtle. She Made Me Pet It Twice

My 3-Year-Old Daughter Set Her Chalk Up This Way & Demands It's A Turtle. She Made Me Pet It Twice

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Dianna Siever
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4 months ago

I've been a parent too long. I see the turtle.

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#20

My 3,5-Year-Old Ran Inside To Go To The Bathroom, But Apparently Took A Detour For A Fistful Of Brownies. There's Literally A Handprint In The Middle Of The Pan

My 3,5-Year-Old Ran Inside To Go To The Bathroom, But Apparently Took A Detour For A Fistful Of Brownies. There's Literally A Handprint In The Middle Of The Pan

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

I hope the parent is really sure which came first; brownies or potty. Trust me. It matters.

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#21

She Wanted A Bath

She Wanted A Bath

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DC
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4 months ago

Close the lid and flush!

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Seagal Hagege was a bit scared about staying at home all day, every day with her 3 kids who are 8, 7, and 4 years old. Fortunately, she had nothing to worry about because her kids became far more independent, far kinder to each other, learned better manners, started inventing new games, and took on new responsibilities like helping her out with cooking.

“Every day after school we were running to music, running to gymnastics, and then we would get home, do homework, and go to bed,” Hagege told CNN. “Now we have a chance to get stupid and take a break together. They've really stepped up, and they are shining. It's been really eye-opening. I don't want it to go back to the way things were."

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Kid Decided To Play With The Vents In The House Today. What A Brilliant Idea To Leave Them Open

Kid Decided To Play With The Vents In The House Today. What A Brilliant Idea To Leave Them Open

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Noez 🇸🇪
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4 months ago

Good kitty doing the social distancing right!

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#23

Frozen

Frozen

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

Is the child fed a frozen dinner?

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#24

3-Year-Old Threw A Toy Through The TV Screen This Morning. Now She Keeps Trying To Turn It On Saying "It's Broken". Yeah, No S**t Professor

3-Year-Old Threw A Toy Through The TV Screen This Morning. Now She Keeps Trying To Turn It On Saying "It's Broken". Yeah, No S**t Professor

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Perfumista Perfumista
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4 months ago

When we were little my brother put a sling shot through the TV. H also broke a window going after a fly with a telephone book.

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Now, this doesn’t mean that every single child out there is happier because of the quarantine: there are lots of kids who are feeling sad and scared. But some parents are overjoyed that the quarantine has some pros for their kids, not just cons.

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Quarantine Is Going Awesome

Quarantine Is Going Awesome

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Hans
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4 months ago

If you do not explain to her why she ought to apologise but instead get your smartphone to tweet, she will do it again.

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#26

Thank You, Children, Very Cool

Thank You, Children, Very Cool

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Perfumista Perfumista
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4 months ago

prepare for a very expensive month

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#27

My Daughter Found Scissors And Cut Her Hair. Now She Looks Like Yolandi

My Daughter Found Scissors And Cut Her Hair. Now She Looks Like Yolandi

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Hans
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4 months ago

At least no blood!

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#28

My Son Is At His Dad's For The Weekend And It Turns Out Today Is The Day He Gets A Haircut

My Son Is At His Dad's For The Weekend And It Turns Out Today Is The Day He Gets A Haircut

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LottieH
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4 months ago

Bunchems. Satans hair accessory.

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#29

My 7-Year-Old Drew On The Walls And Furniture In His Bedroom And Tried To Pin In On His 3-Year-Old Sister. He Almost Got Away With It, But As A Good Artist Should, He Signed It With His Name

My 7-Year-Old Drew On The Walls And Furniture In His Bedroom And Tried To Pin In On His 3-Year-Old Sister. He Almost Got Away With It, But As A Good Artist Should, He Signed It With His Name

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sh
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4 months ago

And his name is....?

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#30

Had To Replace And Shatter My Toilet To See What The Blockage Was. My 2-Year-Old Had Flushed Sully In There. Even He Looks Guilty

Had To Replace And Shatter My Toilet To See What The Blockage Was. My 2-Year-Old Had Flushed Sully In There. Even He Looks Guilty

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Patti
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4 months ago

He went surfing

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