Everything in life is new and exciting to children. And every day, parents experience countless funny—and not-so-funny—situations that remind us just how challenging parenting can be. Enjoy some parenting humor from around the world, and take comfort knowing you’re not alone in this struggle.
Memorable Moments With Kids That Moms and Dads Can Relate to
Kids say and do the craziest things. Check out some of these mischievous moments for your parenting humor fix.
Stories at the Store
Grocery stores can be a stressful experience for everyone. Children can cause a lot of chaos in the aisles, and terrifying moments can happen the minute you look away from your child.
“My son was 3. We were leaving Target. He left my sight as I was adjusting my bags. Maybe two seconds, tops. Poof. He was gone. I try to act cool, but my true crime podcast obsession got the best of me. The store locks down. We are all looking for him. People are checking cars outside. I’m calling my son’s name louder than any intercom system. We were just about to call police.
“And then my toddler slides out of the cart area and acts like, ‘Sup?’ He decided it would be a most excellent idea to shimmy underneath the carts and sit there as the world turns inside out searching for him.”—from u/Italics12
Kids see fascinating new things all the time and love sharing their discoveries with others. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to embarrassing moments of parenting humor like this:
“In the toilets at a local supermarket. Mother Nature was paying her visit. My 4-year-old son came in the toilet with me … Went running out of the toilet to announce to his grandma, and the rest of the supermarket, ‘My mummy has a piece of string hanging out of her bum.’ ”—from u/cait_lol
Moments of Mess From the Kitchen
Kitchens are often the site of everything from family meals to mega messes. Many of our most memorable parenting humor stories happen in the kitchen. For instance, these children let their imaginations come alive when mom steps away.
“When my boys were around 2 and 3, I tried to take 37 seconds to pee by myself. Wrong move. When I came out of the bathroom, the boys had taken Hershey's syrup, spread it all over the living room carpet, and were riding their little battery-powered four wheelers through it, saying it was mud. The carpet was about 2 months old. That was the end of my 37-second pee breaks…”—from u/MadMadGirl"
Breakfast for dinner can be fun for the whole family until…
“Left my son at the kitchen counter while preparing pancakes. One minute he’s there, the next thing I know he successfully empties the syrup bottle All. Over. The. Couch. I mean puddles of syrup in our cushions and pillows. First time as a parent I remember calling my mom crying because I was at such a loss for how to clean it all up.”—from u/ashleynr12
They say these are the days we’ll cherish, but it’s easy to break down in the moment. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help from a babysitter or caregiver.
Hanging Out With Dad Is Always Special
Dads are often called “the fun ones,” but these tales in parenting humor show no parents are exempt from the chaos.
“I work in a Zoology research institute, and once a year, we open our doors to the public. It’s always been very popular because we have loads of cool things to show everyone. So the dad, a highly respected professor of Zoology was giving an outdoor talk about intelligence in birds. Halfway through the talk, his son asked the most philosophical question any 5-year-old could have asked. He stood up, grabbed his dad by the hand and loudly asked, ‘Daddy, daddy. What would happen if my pee-pee was where my bum is, and my bum was where my pee-pee is?’ The crowd burst out laughing, and the talk dissolved. Good times.”—from u/Beached_is
Our children need tons of attention when they’re little, but they become self-sufficient humans all too soon. Luckily for our parenting humour, they still give us funny moments:
“I took the kids to see Jurassic World when it came out. Right at the peak of the epic dinosaur battle, my 7-year-old son needs to go pee. I don’t want to miss the dino fight, so I ask, ‘Can you go by yourself?’ He confidently says yes, so I tell him to go ahead. Off he goes, with proper ‘excuse me’s’ along the row of seats.
“A moment later, the theatre is filled with bright sunlight coming from the corner—it’s him opening the emergency exit by mistake. I’m a bit embarrassed, but I’m certain he will realize his error. Nope… just a momentary pause, then outside he goes, door locking behind him. Cue me scrambling over folks in my row…half-falling. I finally get out of my row and run down the stairs and out the same emergency exit… lots of people laughing now as they see what went down. I get outside and he’s nowhere to be found.
“Now I’m concerned. I sprint around the huge theatre complex and into the front doors, breathlessly running by the startled ticket guy saying something like, ‘Kid missing… if you see him, keep him here!’
“No worries… being resourceful, he just walked around the building and parking lot until he found the front doors again. Found him in the bathroom, cool as a cucumber, having his pee. Kids are awesome.”—from u/Quest_for_Phire
Tales From the Cringe
Sometimes, parenting humor is downright cringeworthy. After all, kids are curious—and they love a mess. For example, all kids color on themselves from time to time, but this baby Hulk took it to another level:
“Bought my son (4 years old at the time) a set of colored markers. That night I walk by his room and see his light on. Open the door and see my boy almost completely covered in green marker. Face, arms, hands, legs, feet, and torso. He said he wanted to look like the Hulk. I made him take a bath immediately. I had to keep the stern serious dad face going while inside I’m laughing to death.”—from u/CoSlayerXXX
Bath time often comes with struggles and tears. Small children don’t want to get in the tub as much as they later don’t want to get out. This little girl, however, would do anything for a bubble bath:
“One morning we awoke to find our 2-year-old boy covered head to toe in urine because he had removed his diaper. So while bathing him, our 5-year-old girl asked if she could take a bath too. It was a weekday and we were all running very late getting ready for work and trying to get the kids to school on time. We explained to her that there was no time and the only reason he was getting a bath was because he peed his bed. She then went to her room, laid down, peed herself and re-emerged to say, ‘Can I have my bath now?’ ”—from u/BeenBearclawed
What to Do When Mom and Dad Need Help With Kids?
While funny, these moments can also be very stressful. It’s okay to need a break. Keep these basics in mind when selecting high-quality childcare help:
- Build a stress-free environment with positive role models. Children imitate the world around them. Take time for yourself so you can model calm and happy behavior.
- Firm but positive parenting styles go a long way. Embrace the chaos, sing silly songs, and make breakfast for dinner. But don’t forget to set boundaries and expectations to help children thrive.
- Maintain a child-friendly home. Fill their environment with safe toys and learning opportunities. Apply age-appropriate safety features throughout your home.
- High-quality babysitters are your friend. Select experienced caregivers who re-enforce your loving and firm parenting style to help nurture your home. Be sure to find communicative, professional, and trustworthy candidates.
Parenting children isn’t easy, but priceless memories can be rewarding. Practice self-care, even if it’s just a moment of reading some parenting humor.
From Parenting Humor to Parenting Help
Whether it’s bed-wetting for a bubble bath or disappearing in a department store, parenting can be exhausting. In the heat of the moment, parenting humor may be hard to find, but parenting help is never far away. Call Emmy sitters are here to give you a much-deserved break.