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20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Parents love their children more than anything, but those tiny little creatures sure know how to push some buttons. Here are 20 of the things cute kiddos do that drive every mom and dad batty.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Losing their favourite toy

The exact moment your kid needs a snuggle from their favourite toy is the same second you realize it’s vanished from sight. It’s nowhere in your house, your tot is screaming because they “miss it” and you get to take on the task of retracing your family’s steps to find it. (That’s exactly how you wanted to spend your time, right?)

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Using their clothes as a napkin

Who needs to use a clean, crisp napkin to wipe their ketchup-covered hands when there’s a perfectly good shirt covering their chest? Not your kid!

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

The “I need you right now!” call for attention

Kids must be able to sense when you’re taking an important work call, because they all seem to choose that exact moment to divert your attention to a “new dance” they’ve made up or to show off their “cool moves.” You end up half paying attention to what your CEO is saying while clapping for the hooting and hollering toddler in front of you.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Asking for something specific for dinner, then refusing to eat it

Dinner is a battleground for parents. And it goes without saying that at some point your little one will beg for a specific dish to dig into then totally refuse to eat it once it’s in front of them.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Starting their day at 4:30 a.m.

Who needs sleep as a parent? Not you! (Or your toddler/preschooler, apparently.)

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Whining

What’s with all the whining? Why can’t kids just say “I need your help!” or “can you please open this for me?” like everyone else? There’s no need to be dramatic. We can hear you.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Fighting with their siblings

It’s said siblings fight an average of once every seven minutes. That’s a lot of listening to “he hit me!” or “she pulled my hair!” or “they looked at me!” Wouldn’t it be nice if siblings took a chill pill?

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Napping at 4 p.m.

The second your child decides to take a nap at 4 p.m. is the second you lose your early bedtime and ability to enjoy an evening of “me time.”

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Picking their nose

We can’t decide what’s worse: when a kid picks their nose and wipes the snot on their clothes or when they pick their nose and eat the booger. (Excuse us while we dry-heave in the corner.)

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Taking forever to leave the house

The getting-out-of-the-house wars are real. Every child seems to turn into a demonic version of themselves the second a parent says “OK kids, it’s time to go!” They refuse to put on shoes, hide their coat and throw a tantrum that’s worthy of an Oscar.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Misplacing their water bottle… again

No, no, please lose your water bottle (or hat or jacket, etc.) for the umpteenth time and please scream at us until we buy you a new one; parents are made to be at your shopping beck-and-call.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Colouring the walls

You know what’s great? Creating art on paper. You know what’s not? Reaching for the crayons and colouring all over the walls.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Playing with the toilet paper

Every parent knows to look for toilet paper before sitting down to relieve themselves. There’s something about the paper rolls that screams “toy” or “art,” compelling kiddos to steal them for themselves.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Throwing your smartphone

It’s cute when they take your phone and take 100 secret selfies; it’s not so cute when you find that same phone smashed then stashed somewhere in their bedroom.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Leaving their diaper in the middle of the floor

The one thing no parent wants to do when entering a room is to step into a pee- or poop-filled diaper that was quietly left on the floor. Bonus points go to those kids who take off their diaper then wipe the contents all over the walls.

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Stalling at bedtime

It’s amazing how many cups of water and trips to the bathroom a kid can take right when a parent says “it’s time to turn off the lights!”

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Never flushing the toilet

Why are there always floaters in the toilet? Kids seem addicted to flushing the toilet when they haven’t done their business, but the second something actually requires clearing, they seem to forget a handle exists. Why?!

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Telling stories that never end

Parents love to hear their kids tell stories, especially about the details of their day, and it’s good for a little one’s development, but no parent wants a tale to last 20 to 30 minutes. How are there so many details to share? How can one even keep track of what’s being said?

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Eating constantly

The parent of the child who would rather have a meal than one million snacks on any given day is the parent who has won the food-making lottery. Snacking is healthy, but making those nibbles is hard work!

food, 20 things kids do that drive parents crazy

Being too cute

You know what’s really annoying? The second you get a spare moment to yourself and end up scrolling through photos of your kiddos or flipping through picture books filled with family snaps because you miss them. If only they weren’t so adorable.

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