Kids say and do the strangest things. And sometimes, parents have a dilemma about how to respond to some of their actions. We are talking about actions that are not exactly justified but show that our kid is growing up and can handle himself in the real world.
We are teaching them to be kind, thoughtful, and useful members of the community. But we are sending them off to a world that is nothing like that, and there is always a fear in the back of our minds that we might have made them too nice. Well, the kids are astonishing creatures, and they keep all the stuff we say to them in the back of their minds, but they will stand up and be true to themselves, no matter how much we are trying to curb it.
Ant these are their stories:
"My nine year old son called me into his room because he had a monster in his closet.
I tell him he’s too old for that kind of thing and to go back to sleep. He pleads with me to check. I open the door and turn on the light, staring back at me is some scruffy looking thing with angry eyes and I scream.
It was a mirror.
I’m trying to see if I’m having a heart attack and he’s laughing his troll ass off. I’m proud of his cleverness but considered if he were too old to be left on someone’s doorstep."
"My 8 year old girl was being bullied by two boys at her school.
So she took them both down. Put one in a choke hold (briefly) and the other kid ran.
Surprise bitches, she’s being doing Brazilian jujitsu since she was five!
Anyway she came home and told me she took both boys out. When I looked at her in astonishment she said “Don’t worry though! I did it on the grass and not the concrete!”
"My 16 year old son and his buddies decided to call their dodgeball team “Snipe” so that they could “accidentally” stand in front of the whole school with their lettered t-shirts spelling out “Penis.”
"My daughter got in trouble in kindergarten for selling pencils to other kids.
She was charging kids a quarter, the school charged 50 cents.
I was pretty impressed."
"One night my wife and I were having a discussion with our 10 yr old daughter about the importance of homework, education and her future.
The subject came up because she was busted lying about her grades.
I asked, “Don’t you want to grow up and be successful like me?”
Her response was, “Mom doesn’t do anything and she’s got it pretty good.”
"My five year old daughter has been getting grounded lately as a result of having bad bedtimes. One morning, she asked me what would happen if she kept getting grounded. She listened intently as I gave a long speech about how the longer you’re grounded, the worse the consequences are, and how eventually you won’t have any privileges left, and on and on and on.
When I was done, she responded: “You’re killin’ me, Smalls.”
"Last night while at a restaurant, she loudly sang a song she made up about her vagina."
"My daughter accidentally said “Shit” it was just a combo of two words that smushed together to create this curse. I told her it was ok, I was there and I knew the context.
She got so upset with herself, she punished herself by sending herself to bed.
None of my assurances made her feel OK about what she had done."
"I blocked YouTube on the iPad.
I was a little worried my kid might see some stuff on YouTube not intended for a 5 year old.
My 5 year old found a work-around by starting up Angry Birds, clicking on the Angry Birds Cartoons, then browsing to his favorite YouTuber using the Voice Search function."
"When my daughter was 6, a boy in school was bullying her.
He was confronting her one day, in front of his buddies, and said, “I bet you don’t have the nerve to kick me in the nuts.”
"My daughter loves to complement people.
About a month ago we were in the mall with my other kids. I was in line getting food for everyone when my daughter ran up to me and yelled: “Daddy, I love your penis!”
It was both horrifying and hilarious, though I’m surprised I didn’t get arrested."
"My 3 year old dragged a chair from the lounge to the kitchen and climbed up to help herself to an ice cream from the freezer.
I caught her in the act and was prepared to be angry until I realized that before getting herself one, she had taken 2 out for her little brother and sister, unwrapped them and sent them out to the balcony to eat so they wouldn’t make a mess.
I decided she deserved the ice cream."