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16 Hilariously Naughty Things Kids Do without Realizing It

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Kids are adorable, innocent, and full of energy. They are always curious about the world and have a knack for getting themselves into hilarious situations without even realizing it. Sometimes, their innocence can lead to naughty behavior that leaves us adults laughing uncontrollably (or, if we can manage, silently to ourselves).

Children, in their unfiltered nature, sometimes deviate from societal norms while retaining their endearing authenticity. Their charming missteps can be so captivating that you might feel tempted to applaud their antics with a friendly high-five.

Parents share some of the most hilarious stories about their kids’ naughty behavior, and here are 21 of the best ones that will leave you in stitches.

1. When Did Cussing Become So Cute?

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A curse word from a kid punches you in the gut when you first hear it. Sometimes, though, it comes out so unpremeditated that you can’t help but hide your smile.

Since kids most often hear these words from their parents or other trusted figures, it can be a reality check when they start using them that we need to clean up our own language around little ears better.

Kids often know that these words are “bad” and are testing to see what power they have. Trying to keep a straight face while reinforcing that these words are inappropriate is no easy feat.

2. Self-imposed Time-out

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Many kids do not love cleaning. One way a child can escape it is to self-impose a time-out.

A mother shares that her 3-year-old often puts himself in time out at daycare, conveniently before the teacher can ask him to clean up.

Other kids might know when they’re being naughty and save their parent’s time and energy by throwing themselves into a corner, making it hard to stay mad for too long.

3. When They Give You a Taste of Your On Medicine

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How often do we tell our kids to calm down when their kids are acting crazy? Well, what happens when the tables turn?

When parents start losing their patience or yelling, having their young child tell them to calm down and take breaths in the same language used on them can be a mood shifter. They’re using the same tactics on their parents, which, let’s be real, is pretty clever.

4. Grandpa is a Rooster

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Kids are pretty observant of the world around them and might understand more than they let on.

One child saw a rooster flirting with all the chickens in someone’s yard and immediately connected it to his grandpa. Turns out, Grandpa was a big flirt and divorced because he cheated on Grandma.

This little one wasn’t wrong with their observation, making it hard to keep a straight face as he made the connection.

5. When the Fight Has to Produce Tears

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It is it even a real fight if there aren’t any tears? For some brothers, the end of a fight is only validated when tears are shed.

When a boy hit his brother with a soft toy and didn’t cry, he went all Thor on him until he finally started crying. The mom told them that violence was not the answer, but she had to call her mother later to laugh about it.

6. A Stinky Gas Attack

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Kids and bodily functions are always going to be an endless source of entertainment. What do you do if you want to blast a stinky one on Daddy’s face? Trick him to check your nappy.

Lesson learned: never trust a toddler when they ask you to smell or check something.

7. Threat Neutralized

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What happens when a child is being bullied? One child fighting back snarkily responded that she wasn’t fighting but rather neutralizing the threat.

Whether using brute force or smart strategy, bullies don’t stand a chance against these mini superheroes standing up for themselves. Parents trying to promote a peaceful resolution may not find this hilarious, but it’s hard not to appreciate the cleverness.

8. Smarter than Dad, Almost as Smart as Mom

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Kids know who wears the pants in a household. One child who was asked who was the smartest in the house had no hesitation in listing his mom as the smartest and his dad as “almost” as smart.

Sticking on mom’s good side is always important, and looking for dad’s approval with a little comic relief sprinkled in seems like the perfect balance.

9. What Do You Do with Delinquent Parents?

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If little boys get time outs, why don’t misbehaving dads get one? One child attempted to put his dad in a time out after his behavior was not acceptable.

Some parents might think this is adorably hilarious while also realizing they need to make some attitude adjustments.

10. A Little Smart Mouth

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Kids of all ages, especially teens, can come up with some pretty witty responses. One mom told her tween that she was on think ice; her daughter responded, “I’m a good swimmer.”

Ouch! Watch out for those quick-witted kids; they may just have the last laugh.

11. You’re Not Old, You’re a Zombie

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Kids have a knack for saying things about strangers that leave parents mortified. One child called an old lady a zombie, causing the mother to try and explain that it’s not polite to say about someone’s appearance.

It’s often hard to argue with kid’s observations, making it hard to keep a straight face as they’re scolded for being brutally honest.

12. Quick Editing Cuss Phrases

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Even the smallest of little potty mouths know when they crossed a line. When they yell a cuss word unexpectedly, and the parents say, what? Many kids will cleverly change the bad word to something else when they repeat it.

This leaves a parent wondering if they misheard their child or if the quick editing skills are on point. Either way, it’s hard not to be impressed by a kid who can cover their tracks.

13. When They Finally Get the Spelling Right?

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When kids do naughty things, sometimes parents have to take a moment and appreciate the pure genius behind it. A mom shares that her three-year-old wrote the word “poop” on her couches.

Of course, she was upset, but she was also amazed that her toddler could spell.

14. I Can’t Even Read

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A mom shares a story of a 5 year old girl that gets caught red handed pulling the fire alarm because she was bored (because of the ink that the alarm squirts).

After being reprimanded, her hilarious and sassy response is, “Gimmie a break — you know I can’t read!” Well played little one.

15. Darn Cat!

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What happens when a family member (aka grandpa) repeatedly cusses at the family cat? Eventually, the little ones start repeating him.

Needless to say, Grandpa was the only one scolded when his grandkids started cussing at the cat when he climbed up on the kitchen table.

16. Mommy Isn’t Following the Rules

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What happens when a child rats you out or points out your errors? Holding in laughter.

A mom shares that her 5-year-old blurted out to her dad that mommy is always speeding and running yellow lights. Maybe it’s time Mom started working on her driving skills!


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