Category: Children

The Care Bear Dare

| LA, USA | Children

(My daughters have received bath finger-paint for Christmas. I give it to them in the tub for a while, and then head to the other room to sort laundry, telling them they are getting out when I get back. After a minute, I hear faint chanting coming from the bathroom.)

Daughters: “We care. We care. We care.”

(I go in the bathroom to see they have painted themselves red and blue from head to toe. They are standing in the tub holding hands and chanting.)

Daughters: “We care. We care. WE CARE. WE CARE.”

(I stare at them they keep chanting.)

Daughters: “WE CARE! WE CARE!”

(I turn around and walk out.)

Older Daughter: *to younger one* “I told you the Care Bears Stare always works. Now we get a longer bath.”

The Advent Of A New Christmas Tradition

| MI, USA | Children, Holidays

(A mother and small boy are looking at a Christmas display.)

Mother: “Look, an Advent calendar. Do you remember what we do with these?”

Boy: “Open them all at once and pretend we didn’t?”

Santa Deconstructed

| Halifax, NS, Canada | Children, Holidays

(As a child, I often questioned my mother about Santa Claus around Christmas. Lets just say she was very creative…)

Me: “How does Santa deliver toys to billions of kids in one night?”

Mom: “He can stop time.”

Me: “How does he get into houses that don’t have a chimney?”

Mom: “He can teleport.”

Me: “How do the elves make all the toys in time for Christmas?”

Mom: “The used to do it all by hand, but after more people heard about Santa Claus they were able to afford factory equipment and permission from the toy companies to produce them. I’d also like to point out that there are 10 times as many elves in the world as there are people but they’re mostly concentrated in the north and south poles.”

Me: “So does that mean Santa is rich? How does he get paid?”

Mom: “I didn’t want to tell you this, but parents have to pay for toy delivery. It’s why some kids are very good but still can’t get presents on Christmas.”

Me: “How does he make the reindeer fly?”

Mom: “Santa was able to breed a new type of reindeer that can control their body weight to the point that they could temporarily make themselves lighter than air. Of course, there were some defects due to the limited breeding stock. That’s how you end up with deer like Rudolph.”

Me: “How does Santa eat all those cookies without getting full, and how has he been alive for hundreds of years?”

Mom: “I already told you he can stop time.”

Me: “How does he know every kid in the world and what they’re doing?”

Mom: “He has secret microscopic cameras everywhere. They’re too small to see. The cameras can pick up sound and are more advanced than anything anybody has invented so far.”

Me: “Okay, cool.”

Locked In To Locking Herself In

| Skogn, Norway | Children, Sons & Daughters

(My daughter is three-and-a-half years old and prefers to be alone when using the toilet. The bathroom has a lock that can be opened from the outside, much like a stall in a public restroom. I use a tiny, flat screwdriver to unlock the door when she needs assistance.)

Daughter: “Mommy, I’m finished!”

Me: “Okay, may I come in?”

Daughter: “No, I have to poop more.”

Me: “Okay, let me know when you are ready.”

(I start looking for the tiny screwdriver and realize I’ve forgotten it inside the bathroom.)

Daughter: “I’m finished!”

Me: “Can you unlock the door?”

Daughter: “No, you unlock it.”

Me: “I can’t; the screwdriver is inside with you. It’s next to the sink.”

Daughter: “Oh.” *laughs* “Found it.”

(She unlocks and opens the door. Without a word, she gives me the screwdriver, goes back inside and locks again. I hear her climb back on the toilet.)

Me: *knocks on the door* “May I come in?”

Daughter: “Yeeeeeees! You can unlock the door now.”

Dad Is The Biggest Baby

| PA, USA | Children, Parents & Guardians

(My dad can be very annoying. For some reason, he just always has to be the center of attention, and it can be frustrating. He’ll talk over you, denies he doesn’t talk over you, plays loud music 24/7, hogs the TV, and yells [not angrily, just because] a lot. He has issues with being ignored. My baby niece is here, and he’s gone out to get cigarettes.)

Baby: *crying and having a series of mini seizures (she has epilepsy) because she’s upset*

(After having tried everything to calm her down, I finally just put some calm music on the TV. It works, and she stops crying, and her seizures subside. She goes to sleep soon after. She’s relaxed enough, and has eaten, so I just put a playlist of music to keep her that way. Cue dad, or ‘dumb as dirt,’ coming in, stomping. When he sees that I’ve got the– no, ‘his’ TV on and have music playing, he gives a look that I ignore. Then he precedes to take his wallet, slam it on the glass coffee table hard, and boom at me to turn it off in some ‘playful’ way. The noise from the leather hitting the glass is loud as a bullet, and my niece jumps awake and starts having a seizure.)

Me: “DAD, WHAT THE F***?! The baby was asleep and now you’ve got her seizing!”

Mom: *from upstairs* “What the h*** was that?”

Dad: *acting totally oblivious* “What? I’m just asserting myself! This is my house! I don’t need to be quiet in my own house!”

Me: “YOU GAVE HER A SEIZURE!”

Dad: “She always has them!”

Me: “She was asleep, and calm! I had that on to get her relaxed! I get it, it’s your TV, but Jesus, don’t act like a five-year-old!”

(My mom came down and told him off, which he got mad at. She took the baby after that, and calmed her down. The thing is, he’s the one who makes her come over here, but acts upset over her needing special attention that requires him to not be a loud a**. )