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    Date Night Fright

    | CA, USA | Children, Sons & Daughters, Theme Of The Month

    (My husband and I have come back from a date night, having left our five-year-old and two-year-old daughters with a much-liked babysitter. When we come back, my five-year-old daughter proceeds to interrogate me.)

    Daughter: “Why did you and Daddy go out for dinner?”

    Me: “To spend some time together.”

    Daughter: “You wanted to be alone?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Daughter: “Why?”

    Me: “So that we could talk.”

    Daughter: “But no hugging?”

    Me: “…”

    An Appropriate Response

    | Finland | Children, Sons & Daughters

    (My husband, my 11-year-old daughter, and I are shopping. Near the lingerie department, we see an underwear ad that features a model dancing in only a bra and panties.)

    Daughter: “That picture is really weird. Why does she look like that?”

    Husband: “It’s supposed to make the underwear look fun and exciting.”

    Daughter: “It mostly looks scary and inappropriate.”

    Husband: “…I will accept that answer.”

    No Longer Your Little Bundle Of Joy

    | Williamston, NC, USA | Children, Sons & Daughters

    (I am teasing my three-year old daughter, who frequently follows me around saying, ‘What you doing, Mama?’ We are watching Wheel of Fortune together.)

    Me: “What you doing? What you doing? Hmm?”

    Daughter: “Stop it, Mama!”

    Me: *sticks out tongue* “Killjoy!”

    Daughter: “No! You can’t kill joy! I need joy!” *goes back to watching Wheel of Fortune*

    Some Words Transcend Generations

    | NC, USA | Children, Parents & Guardians, Sons & Daughters

    (I am very young in this story, maybe about two or three years old, and I’m being baby sat by my dad’s friend. He falls asleep with the TV on an adult comedy show. I learn a new word and my grandparents are coming to town the next day…)

    Me: “F***! F***! F***!”

    Mom: “My baby!”

    Dad: “My parents!”

    They’re Deathly Safe

    | Edmonton, AB, Canada | Children, Sons & Daughters

    (My six-year-old son and I are chatting as I walk him to school. For some reason we end up discussing when you should go to a doctor and when you should just take care of yourself.)

    Son: “But if you’re in a bad accident, you should call the ‘prime-medics’ *paramedics*, because then if you die, at least you’ll die safely.”

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