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Things from People's Childhoods They Later Realized Were Weird

Everybody's family is a little weird in some way, but as a kid, you don't know any better. This leads to most of us having an awkward moment later on with friends, a scene along the lines of "hold on, not everyone's family has one day of the month where their dad eats as many cans of tuna as possible and then comes over and breathes on everyone?" or "wait a second, my mom always told me the blue parking spaces up front were for people in the very busy mom club?" Life is full of discovery. At least it's a little better than people later realizing something was illegal.

things from people's childhoods that were later discovered to be weird
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Exhausted Parent Accidentally Sleep Trains Whole Family

We'd bet that a lot of parents out there are bound to relate to this hilariously wholesome accident. Apparently the whole family ended up getting accidentally "sleeptrained" by a strangely adorable little stuffed worm toy thing. Whatever works, I guess. 

Sleepy parent accidentally sleep trains the whole family with a cute stuffed worm toy | TIFU by sleeptraining whole family On mobile, sorry, etc. This has been building up 3 weeks, but only just realized last night had baby almost 4 months ago. Unlike wild animals come out walking, human babies are born useless and must teach them do basic survival tasks like eating and sleeping.
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Tumblr Thread: A Wholesome And Hilarious Dad

This is one lucky baby. Some dads in this world are funnier than others. It sounds like this dad has a phenomenal sense of humor and is ready to embrace the lifetime journey that is fatherhood. You could say his dadness is off the charts. If this Tumblr thread got you going check out this collection of dad jokes that are perfect for everyone's inner father figure

A wholesome and hilarious post about a funny dad.
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Entitled Mom Harasses Neighbor About Free Babysitting

This is such a wild scenario that we're not even sure if it's totally accurate to just call the mom in this story "entitled." Like, she is far out there, man. The whole element in the story where she's apparently been taking the money her husband has been giving her for babysitting, is just a tad bit ridiculous as well. Like, what's really going on over there? With all that being said, we're just grateful that the dramatic, stressful saga was eventually able to be resolved when everything came to light, and the husband learned about what had been going on. The nerve of some people truly blows the mind. 

A ferociously entitled mom repeatedly harasses neighbor about free babysitting.
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Worst Baby Names People Have Encountered

Some baby names are far worse than others. You might've encountered a baby name out in the wild that left you mystified, troubled, helplessly confused. It's as if the parents had a terrible lapse in judgement, and for whatever reason decided to curse their poor kid with a name that would go on to haunt them into their later years. Hopefully none of these ring a bell. For a similar AskReddit thread check out some dumb baby names that parents (somehow) had to be talked out of

A collection of the worst baby names that people have ever encountered.
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Karen Expects Kid To Be Able To Steal Toys, Reality Check Ensues

We're not sure what was going through this Karen's head. To have the nerve to literally expect your kid to be able to just steal another kid's toys, just because, escapes all rhyme and reason. It sounds like the dude on the other end of this put her in her place, and it wasn't the first time -- nor will it be the last time. Some folks are hurting for the reality check more than others. 

An entitled Karen expects her kid to be able to steal toys, and then a reality check ensues.
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Extreme Examples of "Sink-or-Swim" Parenting

Most every parent wants to teach their kid to be self sufficient, but there's a lot of disagreement on how to get there. Some parents opt for the "tell my child to tie their shoes without telling them how" approach and needless to say, there are mixed results. Making your kid try something and fail at it is a way to make them learn, but most parents would agree it's usually better to set them up with situations where failure doesn't mean death. Traumatizing your kids may come to bite you in the end when it comes to the dumbest things people had to convince their parents not to do.

stories of brutal ways parents tried teaching kids
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Next Level Entitled Mom Gets Rejected, Turns Belligerent

Some people get horrendously nasty when they're rejected. It's as if they've led lives in little obnoxious bubbles where they haven't learned that some people in the world are just going to tell you no, regardless of what you try to offer them. Suffice to say, mom comes out of this conversation looking like she really let herself go in the worst way possible. Check out some more entitled folks and their astounding boldness over here

A terribly entitled mom gets rejected and proceeds to issue ridiculous threats.
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Kid Destroys Guitar, Dad Asks Babysitter To Replace It

This dad has some kind of nerve. If you're going to go through the process of hiring someone to look after your kid, you very well might have to grow comfortable with the possibility of accidents occurring while you're away. It's the additional price you can end up paying outside of the babysitter fee. With that being said, this dad somehow expected the hard working babysitter to cover the cost of a guitar that was broken by his kid while he was away. 

Dad asks babysitter to replace the guitar that was destroyed by his kid.
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Mom Makes Adult Daughter And Boyfriend Sleep In Separate Beds

This mom decided to consult the moral judges of Reddit's AITA community to see whether or not she was in the wrong for enforcing a house rule that prevented her daughter from being able to sleep in the same bed as her partner. It sounds like the daughter didn't take too kindly to this house rule. Shocker. Then the mom insists that she's being punished by her daughter for enforcing a house rule. Honestly, it seems well within her daughter's right to not want to visit the house if she's having to deal with not being able to sleep in the same bed as her partner. 

Mom makes her adult daughter and boyfriend sleep in separate beds.
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Entitled Mom Ends Engagement And Gets Banned From Restaurant

You just never know if you're going to end up in the crossfires of a terribly entitled parent. This mom sounds like she was a whole handful. Honestly though, it seems like her horrific performance at the restaurant was for the best for everyone else involved. Besides the poor employees that had to put up with her toxic behavior, of course. 

An entitled mom singlehandedly ends an engagement and gets banned from a restaurant.
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Parents and Their "I Just Looked Away For a Second" Moments

Oh, the unparalleled panic of losing your kid at the store. It's common knowledge that kids are weird and dumb, and as it stands they shouldn't be trusted. Look away for a second and they're off trying to drink toilet water or join a new family. Sure, we eventually grow to resent the illogical things our parents do, but for a real long time it's you being the idiot.

parents stories of looking away for a second as their kid does something bad
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Dad Refuses To Accept Defeat, Amusement Park Employee Goes Full Petty

Anyone who has ever worked in an amusement park must've seen some ungodly levels of petty revenge. Everyone has their breaking point, and amusement park employees must be tested like none other. You've got your entitled guests that refuse to not be sore losers, and you've also got a ton of people making horrendous messes everywhere. Fun stuff. 

Dad refuses to accept defeat, so an amusement park employee takes their petty revenge | r/pettyrevenge u/TheGreatPinoy 2y Join work at an amusement park, guests are rude but here's my favourite story work at an amusement park and run games there ones people always assume are rigged but reality just really hard. At my amusement park however have hockey game has 4 targets and have try and hit those targets 60 seconds get prize depending on fast can hit all four. Anyways, this family walks up
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28 Decent Reasons Not To Have Children

There's too much proof out there that kids are stupid and weird. Sure, they have a few legitimate reasons for their uncontrollable dumbness, like the fact that their brains aren't done developing. But that's not enough. These things will walk around like they own the place, getting their heads stuck in fences and spilling syrup everywhere. Kids are just weird and stupid people.

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County Mower Shreds Dad's Shrubs, Dad Revenges With Rebar

This tale of pro revenge involving an inconsiderate county mower and a dad who wasn't going to put up with anyone's nonsense reminds us of another revenge involving a steel-enforced mailbox and a snowplow. The grin on dad's face must've spanned from cheek to cheek. Sounds like the county mower was ultimately unsuccessful with trying to get dad to cough up cash for those broken blades too. Talk about the icing on the cake. 

County mower messes with dad's shrubs, so dad ends up taking revenge with rebar | r/ProRevenge u/SwizzleMalarki 1y Join County mower trimmed down our shrubs no reason. Go ahead and try again First time posting reading post on here about neighbor running over poles their yard and reminded this story. Also writing this my phone, so bear with Tl;dr at bottom 7 or 8 my dad planted row shrubs along front property. They started out as scrawny sticks, but fast-forward few years and they were big
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Sit back and watch in troubled wonderment as a kid provides his own slightly unexpected resolution to the infamous trolley ethics dilemma. Suffice to say, we didn't see things going like they did. Kid didn't even hesitate.