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18 Hilarious Parenting Stories That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

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A classic guilt trip

We were at the dinner table eating pizza when I asked my son Logan if I could use some of his blue cheese dressing to dip my crust. He obliged after a long deep sigh of annoyance. I was offended at this reaction and decided to remind him of the strenuous labor and delivery I had bringing his 9.9-pound body into this world—the old “I gave birth to you” guilt trip. His response: “Really Mom, how long are you gonna ride that scooter?” —Karly Molleberg. These adorable and hilarious baby photos will make you laugh out loud.

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At least he tried

As educators, my husband and I encouraged our son, Kenny, to always try to do his best. One afternoon, his dad, his godmother, and I took him to view the Henri Matisse “Paper Cut Outs” exhibit. Kenny was five years old at the time and looked a bit befuddled by the artwork. He mused for a bit and then, with his hands clasped behind his back, remarked, “Well, he tried his best!” —Catherine Russell. Here’s how to tell if you’re raising a child genius.

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Inside voices only

We attend a small church in south Mississippi where small children usually sit with their parents during mass. I was so proud of our two year old that day because being quiet during the sermon. Toward the end of the sermon the preacher—my dad—began raising his voice to accentuate his main points. Our little diva stood up and yelled, “Calm down Pawpaw!” Everyone in the church, including my dad, took a moment to laugh. Cera Thompson

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People hunting

My great-nephew is five years old and loves sports, yet he was amazed when he visited his friend’s house and realized they were hunters. There he saw antlers, mounted deer heads, and shotguns. He came home all excited. “Mom, for Christmas I want a bow and arrow or a gun!” he said. “I’m sorry, buddy,” his mom replied, “but we’re just not hunting people.” “Oh, I don’t want to hunt people, Mom,” he said. “I want to hunt animals.” William Livers

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In case of emergency, eat snacks

After moving to the country, my three-year-old daughter and I were often alone in our house. Because we lived in a rural area with no close neighbors, I wanted to make sure my daughter would be able to call 911 in the event that something happened to me. After instructing her, I decided to test her: “OK, what would you do if you found me on the floor and you couldn’t wake me up?” I could see her little brain working. To my surprise she finally said, “I would go into the kitchen and eat anything I want.” Laura Albrecht

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Reading lessons

Babysitting my two great-granddaughters, ages three and four, I read them stories and then, needing a break, I suggested they watch cartoons for a while. As they were engrossed in their show, I decided to relax and finish a book I had been reading. The four-year-old kept looking over at me and finally asked, “Nana, what are you doing?” I told her I was reading my book. Looking puzzled, she said, “but you’re not saying anything.” Patricia Spillman

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Not enough pixie dust

I was outside pruning my roses when I heard a loud thump and a cry. I ran to find my four-year-old son, Alex, at the bottom of the stairs in the garage. I found out that he had jumped from the top of the stairs, trying to fly like Peter Pan. After a long talk about reality versus make-believe, I walked away feeling I had gotten my point across. That was until I head my son whisper, “Must not have been enough pixie dust!” Sharlene Landau. 

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Dropping the ball

A very close friend of ours, Bob, had passed away and we took our eight-year-old son to the gravesite service. He was in awe the entire time. After lowering the casket, Bob’s grandchildren gave each person a golf ball. Bob was an avid golfer and his widow decided to drop golf balls into the grave instead of flowers. Everyone smiled and joked. When we finished dropping the balls, our son, speaking in his outside voice had everyone laughing when he said, “Mom, it’s a good thing your friend wasn’t a bowler.” Jim Lyons. These hilarious mom quotes will have you cry laughing.

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Don’t tell Papa!

After having a brand-new car for one day, I came home from Black Friday shopping with a fender bender. I told my three-year-old granddaughter, Landree, not to tell Papa or he’d be upset. Pretty soon, here comes Papa and he looked in the garage. Not saying anything, he went back downstairs to his man cave. I asked Landree if she had told Papa. She emphatically said, “No, I didn’t Gigi!” I said, “Well, what did you tell him?” She said, “I told him three times, ‘whatever you do, do NOT look in the garage!’” Dianne Kreick

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The chain of command

I was raised in an Irish Catholic family with a strict father, charming mother, and eight siblings. During Lent, it was common practice for our parish priest to visit our grade school classrooms and help us understand this religious observance. Father Lynch visited my youngest brother Danny’s first-grade class and asked, “Why did Jesus die on the cross?” My brother was first to raise his hand. His answer: “Because his dad told him he had to.” Clearly, Danny knew the chain of command with our family and with God. Patricia Nihill

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How old are you?

My three-year-old great-great niece is a difficult eater. To get her to eat, I will ask her how old she is and she will say, “I am three years old.” I will then tell her she has to have three bites of whatever she’s eating. She wanted some whipped cream—a treat she loves—and so I asked her how old she was. “I am three years old,” she said. I told her she could have three squirts. Her face became very serious and she whispered, ” I am four years old.” Barbara Korpa. These funny tweets about parenting are sure to make you laugh.

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A busy woman

My favorite moment raising my children happened while tucking my daughter into bed. Jeanne told me she went to the nurse’s office that day with a classmate who had just lost a tooth. Unfortunately, the nurse said, “You know, your mother is really the tooth fairy.” My daughter looked up at me and asked if that was true, and I said, “Yes.” Then she asked, “How do you fly around to all the houses?” Maryann Zacchea. These are our favorite funny true stories about tooth-fairy mishaps.

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Speaking human

My six-year-old son came home from school and notified me that they had gotten a new student in class. He said that she was from Sweden and spoke two languages. When I asked him what they were he thought for a few seconds. “Swedish and um, and um,” he stammered. Then he smiled brightly and said, “Swedish and human!” Sheila Bregg

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Thanks, big sis

After I had our second child, I was anxious to get home from the hospital to show my five-year-old daughter her new sister. When I got out of our car, I asked my daughter what she thought of her new sister. She looked a little disgusted and replied, “I told you that I wanted a puppy!” Pam Vogel

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Like most dads, I imagine, I’d always assumed that my three-year-old son looked up to me like to a superhero. Until one day, that is. Having picked up my son from nursery school, I saw that our bus home was about to pass us and decided to make a run for it. When we were safely aboard, I noticed that my son was staring intensely at me with his big, blue eyes. “What’s the matter?” I asked him still out of breath. Instead of answering, he simply leaned into my ear and whispered: “Daddy, I didn’t know you could run.” Tanni Haas. Don’t miss these adorble dad stories.

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‘A’ for effort

I’m not the world’s greatest cook, so I’m always trying to add to my repertoire. I’ve realized, though, that there are only so many recipes you can make with ground turkey and chicken. One night after dinner our son told me he didn’t like dinner. My husband quickly got after him and told him he needed to say something nice to me. He thought for a minute or two and nicely said, “Thanks mom for trying.” Karen Heldt

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Don’t do that, either

When our son was about three, we discussed the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street. We had a dog, Flower, who loved to play in the yard of our rural home. One day, Flower got away and was hit by a car. We carried her into the lower level of our home awaiting the veterinarian’s arrival. Sadly, she passed away. I explained to our son that Flower did not look both ways before crossing the street. After a few minutes, I asked him, “What is Mommy trying to teach you?” He quickly responded, “Don’t die in the basement.” Ann Brothers

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Fit for a queen

When one of our grandsons was about eight years old, he announced at a family gathering that I treat my wife like a queen. Hmm. I puffed myself up and asked him a question, expecting that the answer would give me similar stature. “Since I treat her like a queen, what does that make me?” His immediate response? “A servant.” So much for my ego. Jim Bartos. Ready for even more laughs? These stories of hilarious mistakes kids have made are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.