Kids often see their parents as invincible. Often stubborn and strict, they’re the epitome of doing things right, or at least they seem so until some point in adolescence when we finally start developing our independent take on things we carry throughout life.

But it turns out, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Parents are no strangers to embarrassing screwups, and in fact, while raising you, have experienced a very solid share of them. “What are your parenting fails?” one dad tweeted, stirring a confessionary thread full of hilarious stories from moms and dads.

From whooping your son like ‘a fun dad’ only to realize it was not your kid to teaching your child the art of tossing a pancake that ended with him taking a hit from the pan, parents are far from perfect, but hey, who is, really?

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Ohhhh, expensive mistake. My sympathies

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

Bonk

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Sum Guy
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1 month ago

Technically true

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Bored Panda reached out to Kimberly Koljat, a licensed marriage and family therapist who shared a couple of very important and interesting insights on what children take on from adults, and how we can never underestimate their understanding about the world.

“Children are immensely observant, and pick up on cues from caregivers and significant support individuals in their lives. Young children’s main need in life is attunement, which is why we, as adults in their lives, have a very important role of co-regulating children and being emotionally congruent models for them,” Kimberly explained.

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

Overachiever!!!! Lol

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

She will never forget that award!!!

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

Snort laugh

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For example, according to the licensed family therapist, children often know when their parents are divorcing long before parents believe them to know. And it’s “not because they 'overheard' them talking about it, but because of emotional cues leading up to the event of separation.”

Kimberly also said that one of the biggest skill sets we can offer children in their development is helping them expand their emotional literacy. “As adults, we assume that means we teach them words to express how they feel, but that is only one way of knowing. Children are communicating and learning through their other ways of knowing—verbally, kinesthetically, visually.”

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Thanks for the visual

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

Oh my!

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Flisey
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1 month ago

My Mum left my sister outside a shop in the snow, jumped on a bus, and went home. Her Aunt asked where the baby was and then drove her back into town.

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It’s crucial to help them understand more complex emotions and the important skill of empathy, like “the four basic feelings of mad, sad, glad, and afraid” that “are just the start.” Kimberly explained: “Brene Brown has a wonderful animated video on YouTube on empathy that can help adults and children alike understand how to practice this skill that fosters understanding, equality, and kindness. Modeling for children and youth the importance of empathy, understanding difference doesn’t mean 'wrong,' and learning to tolerate what may be experienced as frustration can be important skill sets to build with the children in their lives.”

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KJ
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1 month ago

I would love to know how far she got in the bib tying process.

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KJ
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1 month ago

Someone needed a good long nap.

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Hans
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1 month ago (edited)

At school: "and then my mother beat me with that pan..."

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Kimberly also said it is true adults often underestimate children’s capability of understanding the world around them. It turns out, “it can even have a negative impact on children and their sense of self.”

“In some cases this may reinforce the belief that their thoughts or beliefs are not to be trusted or invalid, which later creates difficulty in setting boundaries, making decisions, or maintaining a positive sense of self,” the family therapist concluded.

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Mazer
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1 month ago

You win!! Hilarious

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Beast
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1 month ago

at least u had enough sense not 2 drive

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Mazer
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1 month ago

For a unique school photo

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

Poor Baby

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Mazer
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1 month ago

I would have helped you, right after picking myself off the floor for uncontrollable laughing

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

I did that once inside and my son's head stopped the ceiling fan. Thankfully it was on low speed and he was okay.

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

Embarrassing but ....

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Mazer
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1 month ago

At least the teacher cared to ask

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Leo Domitrix
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1 month ago

My mother was a nurse. Nurses often don't notice broken bones until it's that bad. After all, if you're not screaming, unconscious, or gushing blood.... You'll be fine! ------ As a kid, I broke something, but my mom decided it wasn't broken. It never healed properly. She still apologizes, at least.

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago (edited)

Ouch... its naptime for mommy

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M Calad
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1 month ago

Seems intelligent enough - lol 🤣

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JuJu
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1 month ago

Mine screamed and hid when he saw me with halloween contacts. His father had to get him ready for the next three mornings. (He was 6)

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Lovin' Life
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1 month ago

I've done that as well to my son.

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Rick
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1 month ago

Your younger child, clearly!

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Clear sign of a sleep deprived parent

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Allan Breum
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1 month ago

Well, phones cost money to get. Babies you can make for free... The "after market" expenses on babies are quite high, though. :P

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Elisabeth Clark
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1 month ago

Are you sure it wasn't the Sauvignon...Mom?

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Mazer
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1 month ago

Sleep deprivation

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