If you have kids, you’ve heard of this site. And you’ve seen pictures such as this:
Referring to themselves as “the strongest virtual birth control on the market today”, readers have sent in countless photos of their belongings (and sometimes their bodies) that have been ruined by their adoring children. It goes from pretty bad, to HOW THE HECK DID THAT KID DISMANTLE THAT COMPLETELY IN 30 SECONDS TIME???
Of course, if you have kids of your own, you’ve seen all this and more in real life.
I still remember our poor kitty who was a little wobbly after having half of her whiskers cut off by my daughter who got a hold of the scissors when my back was turned. This same angelic girl was also an artist in her own right, finding pens around the house even when we thought we had hidden the last of them, and creating masterpieces all over the wall in the hallway. And like the budding artist in the picture above, it was definitely permanent. My son, as I’ve mentioned several times before, was the chef of a very special kind of PB&J made out of bread, peanut butter, jelly, a mattress, and a hint of bedsheets. There were clothes that became victims of projectile spit up, floors that caught the brunt of a baby’s unfinished business as she was transferred from diaper to tub, dents in my dad’s car from the kid’s bike, a small half moon shaped hole in a window at my parents’ house involving an 8 year old with a pro golf swing, a recent event of a whole case of binder paper marked with a single green dot on every single page, and of course, the laundry detergent incident, when a huge bottle of newly bought detergent was punctured with a single pushpin and poured out all over the floor in a matter of hours.
So yeah, kids wreck stuff. And even the most diligent of parents aren’t immune to the carnage a single toddler (and, as I’ve learned, a child of any age) can leave in their trail. And now, thanks to SKMR, we have an excuse to laugh about it — at least the s*** that other people’s kids are ruining.
Totally love that site! With a 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old boys in the house, we can relate. Brand new couch. 2 year old with steak knife (from where?!). Enough said. I also have a new found hatred for crayons too…after having them go through the washer/dryer undiscovered, despite my best prevention efforts. Uuugh. So frustrating, but I know this stuff will be fodder for our family lore in years to come as well. So far, we’re still laughing. 🙂
I came across some people musing about that site, and some claimed that obviously the kids weren’t being supervised enough. Maybe it’s true in some cases. But by experience, I can tell you that a toddler is capable of getting their hands on anything and destroying their surroundings in the blink of an eye. Perhaps this should be my chance to shamelessly plug the shout out for baby proofing tips over in the SantaRosaMom.com forums….
You’ve got it all wrong! They’re not ‘ruining’ these things, they’re ‘improving’ them! Anyone can have an iPod or cell phone! But these kids have personalized them!
(Okay, I know it’s a stretch)
Uh…..yeah. Kind of a stretch. 😉
Wow…I had not been familiar with that site…but now I’m tempted to send it to many of the moms I know just to make sure that THEY are.