What is it about creepy kids?
There's just something about those high pitched voices uttering the darkest ideas and unexplained happenings.
Deep Insight<p>"Stayed with a family member for a few months while we were moving houses. My daughter was a little under two, and would always look at this one spot on the stairs that you could see from the living room (the stairs would go one direction, had a landing and go in another direction at a 90 degree angle)."</p><p>"She would watch it and smile, or point at it. Anywhere I picked her up, she would be fixated on this one spot."</p><p>"My family member mentioned one day it was the favorite napping place of her beloved cat that died happily and peacefully of old age."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitt3ig?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">allupinspace</a></p>
So Nonchalant<p>"When my youngest daughter was 4 we were watching TV and something about aliens came on and there was a drawing of a Grey."</p><p>"She looked at the screen and announced 'He looks like the man who sees me in the night.'"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitmbfz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">dorkingwed</a></p>
The Shadow Man<p>"Not a parent, but I was babysitting this kid across the street about a year ago. It was about 10 pm. The kid was in bed and I was watching some TV show when I saw something out of the corner of my eye."</p><p>"I looked and it was the kid just kinda staring at me. I asked if he was ok and all he said was"</p><p>"'The shadow man won't leave us alone.'"</p><p>"Needless to say I damn near sh@t bricks"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitd4wf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TMZombies</a></p>
Who's Doing the Tickling?<p>"My daughter laughing in her bed... then asking if I tickled her feet"</p><p>"It's been years and it still makes me shiver"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitykh2?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">UPnorthCamping</a></p>
From the Time Before<p>"My 5 year old daughter asked my and my wife why we couldn't hear her scream when she was in mommy's tummy." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giu6ljh?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">tball_524</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Why did you make me imagine that" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giukxz6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">kidneywastaken</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I'm not sleeping good tonight" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giuldiz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mex_taco</a></p>
Fever Dreams and Fever Nightmares<p>"My then-3 year old was asleep next to me in bed running a nasty fever. At some point he woke up, staring wide-eyed at a corner of the ceiling, slowly raised a shaking hand and pointed at it saying 'monster there.'"</p><p>"The sheer terror in his voice is what nearly made me crap myself."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giu53xv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">lackaface</a></p>
Sometimes No Words are Needed<p>"It wasn't something he came out with. But about a year ago, my then 2.5 year old son and I were playing. Sitting on the bed, laughing, him facing me. All of a sudden he looked behind me and his smile fades to a look of horror, like he was about to cry but couldn't move or make a sound."</p><p>"I whipped around ready to fight and there was nothing there. I looked back at him and asked him what he was looking at, and he just ignored me and started playing again."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giu5i42?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">rehilda</a></p>
Stop Doing That!<p>"So this isn't something my kids ever 'came out with' but the creepiest thing they ever did was come into our room in the middle of the night and just stand there??!!!"</p><p>"You wake up because you just get the feeling that someone is looking at you or you can 'feel' something in the room and there they are, just standing there in the damn dark not saying a word staring at you inches away from your face!!!!!"</p><p>"Why??!!! Who the hell does that?? They didn't want anything, just seeing if we were awake. First time I ever felt like hurting my kids just because I was so scared lol."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitpgns?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ab***forfun</a></p>
Nope Nope Nope<p>"My daughter's not quite 18 months yet, so she's still got lots of time to freak me out in the future, but so far?"</p><p>"It was the time a few weeks ago when she stopped dead in the hallway, started crying, and said, 'Night, hurt! Night! Dark!' It was the middle of the day with all the lights on."</p><p>"We went for a drive just to get the heck out of the house for a bit. Mama don't play with no Dark Hurt."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/giu5w1a?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">AlwaysWantsIceCream</a></p>
Bathroom Man<p>"Not a parent but my mother works at a child nursery (daycare i think they are called in America) and its in England so this building is 150+ years old and a lot of the children all <5 years old have asked about an old man, no men work there or have worked there in the last 10 years."</p><p>"One kid refuses to go to the bathroom alone cuz the old man is in the bathroom and one asked why an old man was sat in the corner of the main play room."</p><p>"I have been in at night to help tidy up and stuff and every time I would be there the radio would just stop working at 11pm it would be working fine all day then just turns off and doesn't come back on."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kuolaf/parents_of_reddit_whats_the_creepiest_thing_your/gitbu6m?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">SirObalobus</a></p>
Having kids is expensive, a ton of responsibility, and something that not everyone is cut out for - but it seems to be something we're all just socially expected to do.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend of people who are consciously choosing to forego children. One Reddit user asked why, and launched a thread full of all sorts of humorous, heartbreaking, and honest responses.
Not Passing This Onjoan crawford mom GIF by IFC Giphy
I have bipolar, bipolar is a c*nt to deal with. I don't want to pass it onto anyone. My bipolar has caused a lot of heart ache and made issues 10x worse. And I've hurt a lot of people because of my episodes.
Also OCD; and OCD is a c*nt as well.
Peoples perception of it is just being anal about cleaning. But they don't know the dark side of OCD where you think hurting people because something little interrupted the habit.
I wish more people understood how debilitating OCD is. My uncle would wash his hands until they bled and he struggled to leave his home most days because the outside chaos distressed him so deeply. If you personally have it then I'm very sorry and I hope you're getting support for it, I'm not sure what aid is actually out there
I'm in my mid-40s, and have known I didn't want children since I was a child myself. I have many reasons why not:
- Too much responsibility. We have a dog and that's already pushing it for us, to be honest. I can barely summon enough desire and energy to walk the dog daily, can't even imagine what it must be like with kids.
- Pregnancy and labor seems utterly horrific to me. No thanks.
- I like money and having the free time to enjoy it, especially in regards to travel.
- Both my husband and I have mental and physical health issues we wouldn't want to pass on.
- Personally, I think bringing a kid into this sh*tty world right now is a pretty horrible thing to do. Climate change (and a whole lot of other issues) are about to f*ck our shit up HARD - why would you bring a kid into that??
- If I'm really honest, I just really don't like kids. Especially under the age of 10 or so. Why the f*ck would I sign up for that kind of burden? I have many, many nieces/nephews who I can enjoy in small doses, and then send back to their parents.
I've been told over the years that I would change my mind. Nope. I get all the usual crap like, "Who will take care of you when you're old??" (Answer - my money that I've saved by not having kids will) or "Not having kids is so selfish!" (Riiight...and having them isn't??)
Anyway, to anyone reading this - make the right decision for you. Don't feel you have to follow life script of marriage -> house -> kids. I'm extremely happy and have zero regrets.
The Risks And Sacrifies
I like having free time and space to myself, but the primary reason is that pregnancy and birth is awful (and I have a pain phobia). Also I have serious concerns about the impact on my mental health
Yep, I was on the fence until I learned about post-partum psychosis. It bothers me how much people, especially mothers, downplay the physical risks and sacrifices. It's not for everyone.
As a mother of two, I too am bothered by that. I made it my mission to always be brutally honest about what it's like because it's not easy. Not even a little.
Pregnancy is hard, child birth is hard. Sleep deprivation is hard. Having your hormones swing like a metronome on speed... is the hardest thing I've ever gone through.
Your body is literally convincing you of things that aren't real or true, and then making you feel crazy for basically just existing. We need to stop going on and on about how magical it all is like we're trying to sell it to people. Trust me, those that decide to have kids will get it.
It is true that the magical moments make everything feel worth it, but they don't erase the hard moments. You don't forget. Pregnancy and birth trauma are real. Postpartum depression is real and neither should be taken lightly simply because having babies is so "magical".
If you don't want them, don't have them. There's enough of us that do want them. You're not selfish, you're making a decision for YOUR life.
I Don't Like Sharing
I don't have the maternal qualities to be a good mother. I'm impatient, hotheaded, selfish, and my mental health isn't in the best shape. I don't want to unknowingly treat my child the way my mother treated me.
I also prefer to save my money, build my wealth, go on trips, sleep in in the mornings, and party. I don't like sharing, not even my money, which is why my partner and I have separate bank accounts and it will stay that way if we ever get married.
I also would just like being able to go to the bathroom without a kid trying to break in.
Cause I'd Have To Be Pregnant FirstBaby Belly GIF Giphy
I don't necessarily have a phobia of being pregnant, but people I know and love being pregnant makes me weirdly uncomfortable? Like I'm totally fine with meeting a random pregnant woman, but when my friend was pregnant it just felt really off. My mum once made a joke about being pregnant (I'm the youngest so I've never known her pregnant) after eating too much, and I felt kind of sick. It's odd...
The idea of pregnancy also weirds me out. For me a lot of it is the idea of losing my autonomy and that as a woman I'm expected to love babies. I just don't. I also find it uncomfortable to discuss pregnancy - some people treat it like it's an elitist group and give waaaaay too much detail about bodily functions.
I so agree about the losing your autonomy part, that prevents me from ever wanting to get pregnant more than the physical aspects of pregnancy themselves. You suddenly can't do activities you love, you can't eat certain things, you can't drink certain things, you can't take medicine of you have a headache, apparently you can't even take hot baths. To me it sounds like stripping away everything that makes life fun, and any decisions away from me about my own body. To stop existing as a person and functioning as an incubator instead.
Plus every time someone I know announces they're pregnant, that's all anyone ever asks them about. They walk into a room and the first thing asked is "how's BABY?" Any time one of my friends is pregnant I try to ask them only about how their life is and don't bring up the pregnancy unless they do. They (usually) still have a personality outside of just being pregnant.
A pregnant friend told me it felt like her baby was CLAWING at her rib cage and I've never been able to get that image out of my head
Because They Were Wanted
Complete lack of interest. I feel the same way about children that I do about most dogs. Yeah, dogs are great. But if you tried to offer me a dog, even if it was free, I would probably say thanks, but no thanks.
That would be a very bad attitude for a parent to have towards their child. Children should be had because they were wanted.
Also, raging alcoholism.
This is mine. I could go on about my temperament or my lifestyle or my medical history, but at the end of the day, those factors wouldn't stop me if I really wanted a kid. But I don't. I fundamentally believe that kids deserve to be wanted and welcomed, and if they aren't, don't have them.
I Cannot Put A Child Through That
I grew up with severe depression, an anxiety disorder, and ADHD. The majority of my parents and grandparents are alcoholics and/or addicts. One of my parents was so mentally ill they lost custody. It was rough.
My SO also has severe ADHD and obsessive compulsive anxiety. Me and my SO both struggled with substance abuse as teenagers. I spent a long time in mental hospitals.
I hated being alive and felt completely helpless. No therapist or doctor or pill ever helped. The only reason I pulled through is because I met my SO.
If I had a child who felt the same way I did, and I knew I couldn't help them and they would just ignore me the way I ignored my mother as a kid, it would break my heart.
I cannot put a child through that.
You Should Be Asking The Other Side
Because I have no desire to have a child. Why do something I have no desire to do?
If more people thought about why they actually want to have a child there would be fewer cases of child abuse and neglect.
You should be asking why people who have children decided to. Too many times the answer is, "it just happened"
Which no, it didn't. When you have sexual intercourse and the sperm meets the ovum you get pregnant. You aren't the next Mary. It didn't "just happen."
Or you hear "it's what you do" / "it's the next step". Why? This is literally another life you're being so flippant about.
Not Testing This Out
I truly think I'm no fit for a parent, I can barely even take care of myself.
Also every time I have had dreams about being pregnant or having a baby, in my dreams it always resulted into me trying to kill either myself and/or the baby, because I was terrified, I didn't want it, I knew I wouldn't be able to take care of it etc.
There's no way I'm going to test it out and see what would happen in real life if I actually were to have children.
Because it's not at all easy and affordable.
I have seen my father working so hard and extra hours, taking uncountable loans to pay for my college fees just for their child to turn out incredibly stupid. I have seen my mother work countless hours in the kitchen and spend all day making meals for us, doing household chores with literally zero rest and sleep.
I hope one day I will be able to repay them.
Honestly, there are so many more cons than pros that I think the question should be reversed.
I see parents saying "if I knew better..." all the time!!! And I got the impression that a lot more don't say it just because it's wrong to think about it.
You should be 110% sure that you want kids and KNOW that you will have to compromise large aspects of your life and be ok with it. Or be filthy rich and have other people take care of your kid for you.
There are so many reasons, but the top contenders are as follows:
- My husband and I both enjoy free time and disposable income and aren't willing to compromise either
- I've never felt maternal towards children or babies (I didn't even like playing with baby dolls as a little girl) and don't enjoy spending time with them
- I'm immunocompromised and having a kid go to school, pick up whatever illness is going around, and bring it home just sounds miserable
- I have several chronic illnesses and health issues that I don't want to pass on
- Life is full of pain and suffering, and ethically I can't imagine dooming another human being to this existence
My husband was kind enough to get a vasectomy so our childfree future is secured :)
When it's your own
Grew up with my mother saying "I never liked children but it's different when it's your own" but I never felt loved... Yeah, it's not really different when it's your own. Parents really should at least like children. And I never liked children, even when I was a child, much-preferred adults generally. Still do.
Carrying abusive baggage would have made me a not very good parent, and I did not want to pass that on to a child. There is no excuse for being unkind to a child.
I've said this since I was probably 16: "I love my future kids too much to actually have them."
I just really have no interest in having kids and definitely don't have the resources, including money, physical stamina, and emotional fortitude.
I think way too many people have kids because it's just what they think the next step in life is supposed to be without actually thinking about what life will be like for the kid they're creating. You always hear about people making sure they have the money to take care of a kid, but it's really rare to hear somebody ask themselves if they have the emotional maturity to create another human. It's kind of a big deal.
I enjoy my free life. I am a woman and feel whole and happy without the need of making human beings. I never wanted to have kids. I remember as a teenager, people (adults women) would tell me the classic "you'll see, it will come on you like you can't control it, you will have children, so you can feel like a real woman" 😂. Even 7 years ago, I kept hearing this.
I'm 40 years old in few days, I live a happy life, still without kids, and I meet more and more women who have made this conscious choice, and are also enjoying their lives.
I have a good job, building businesses, have money, travel, I'm physically fit and loving my body, hangout with friends, have weekends out, all my time for myself and my relationship. My man is same as me, we only want a puppy. We don't think having kids should be a purpose in life, a compulsory thing, or even something that makes you feel "complete".
For me, my purpose is to be happy, healthy, make other happy too (I do a lot of charity and work for a NGO too, some even involve kids).
I'm not having my own children but I'd like to foster some kids. There are so many kids with no home. It would be selfish to have my own child just because foster kids have so much baggage. I want to give those teens a chance to have a better life.
Let me preface this with: I acknowledge that I am a selfish person.
I value my hobbies, free time, money, sleep, and quiet entirely too much. I hear kids screaming/crying in public and I just absolutely cringe and become riddled with second-hand embarrassment.
It's just not for me.
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When we're little kids watching cartoons on TV, we rarely ever consider the adult human beings behind those creations. As kids, we like the bright blue light, the colors, the physical comedy, and the general silliness of it all.
But revisit those same old television shows as an adult and prepare for some new, shocking discoveries.
Picking and Choosing<p>"My dad thought Invader Zim was creepy and weird, but we had the episodes on DVD where I would watch them a lot."</p><p>"They didn't mind CatDog, but my mom always said it was disturbing that a cat and dog were attached."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkejmd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Lady03</a></p>
Formative Influences<p>The Secret of Nimh is one of the darkest and creepiest things ever produced for children. I still love watching it."</p><p>"It's stuff like this that I watched as a kid that made me like scary stuff as an adult."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbl1ro5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Anon-Ymous929</a></p>
All About Setting<p>"Courage the cowardly dog" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkdrhh?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">misochunky</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I was gonna mention that one. F*** me it's actually horrifying" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbke1m3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">GrigorijRasputin</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"First saw Courage when I was a kid living in the rural desert filled with creepy stories and such. As far as I am concerned, that show was a historical account of my childhood." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbljeds?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">softdoorhandle</a></p>
The Long Game<p>"I'm sorry but flapjack and teletubbies are something different" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkdjtm?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">oooglybooogly12</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Flapjack was from that weird era of Cartoon Network when they started making shows that would attract some Adult Swim viewers." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbl6gb4?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">eddmario</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Yes. Teletubbies is just creepy as sh!t. Especially the older ones. I see my nephew happily watching it like it's the best thing ever. And I'm sitting there disturbed." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbl5jwi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Not_A_Bot2020</a></p>
A New Lens<p>"The animation on Jay Jay the Jet Plane is much more horrifying than I remember as a child." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkj0yk?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">theSuburbanAstronaut</a></p><p>"JAY JAY THE JET PLANE. Just no...." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbki3ik?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">psf919</a></p>
#1 and #2<p>"Boobah. What the f*** even was that sh**?" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkldy7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">AdolphDiddler</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Boobahs were created when a TV exec checked what demographics watch TV during a particular slot and discovered that the top two were children and people on drugs." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbm0m21?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">SloanWarrior</a></p>
Early 90s: the Wild West of Grotesque Cartoons<p>"Ren and Stimpy" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkj6x1?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">SymphonyForTheDevil</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"My god. When they did the close-ups. I still get nightmares. What even was the age rating for that show?" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkqkmb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">unbearablytolerable</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The one where Ren took off his fur to get in the bath and there was a crowd of people watching through the window messed me up pretty good. Still don't like bathrooms with windows." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gblp6pn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">RobinMagic</a></p>
Discoveries About Cheese<p>"Cow and Chicken" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkntb3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">FultonHomes</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Their friend the devil who always had an a** crack and when their neighbouring town was in civil war and they used cheese as ammunition until they were shown that cheese is food. Brilliant show" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbl3hxd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Recessjoe</a></p>
Yup, Totally Creepy<p>"Some of the episodes of <em>Hey Arnold </em>legitimately still give me the creeps YEARS later when I think of them." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkk7ec?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">abigiggle_n</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Him and Gerald fighting as old men on the bus, then his dead grandfather decomposing infront of him was f***ed." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbkqibz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Soulger11</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I mean, Helga has a f***ing stalker shrine of Arnold with his hair and chewed gum that 'makes her girlhood tremble'" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jq6pmq/what_childrens_shows_are_surprisingly_creepy/gbni9ka?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">shewy92</a></p>
I pulled my first child out of her first school in Kindergarten. I kind of have a "3 strikes and you're out" policy and they hit three pretty quickly.
A Working Lunch<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY2NDY3OC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDAwMjI3NX0.xn3QVa9POogxUoiTRbARbdmwkXAnkURMKM03XVDzOi0/img.gif?width=980" id="47f3f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e3cd14d79debf6cabad67f709f7e3577" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="360" />lunch GIFGiphy<p>Not me, but a coworker was talking about this today.</p><p>Her daughter and her schoolmates are being assigned work to do during lunch breaks. They are doing the zoom call classrooms.</p><p>She said her daughter is skipping lunch sometimes because she's working on the assignment. The girl is 9.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap06gi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mastercotcot</a></p>
No Excess Running<p>Our elementary school (same one my wife and I went to) has a nice hill next to the playground that leads down to the outfield of a little league field. Kids for decades have been rolling down that hill during recess. Not allowed to do that anymore. Not allowed to run "excessively" during recess anymore either.</p><p>I wish I was making any of this up. Sadly it's true.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="Our elementary school (same one my wife and I went to) has a nice hill next to the playground that leads down to the outfield of a little league field. Kids for decades have been rolling down that hill during recess. Not allowed to do that anymore. Not allowed to run “excessively" during="" recess="" anymore="" either.="" i="" wish="" was="" making="" any="" of="" this="" up.="" sadly="" it's="" true."="" target="_blank">originaljimeez</a></p><p>Probably school policy because parents today get upset about everything. Running too fast could lead to injuries which could lead to angry parents, which teachers and schools want to avoid.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gapbrbx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">purpleteapots</a></p><p>Dont blame the school, blame over protective parents and a culture of blaming others for your misfortunes. These kinds of rules are made out of liability fears.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap50s8?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">19Adrian79</a></p>
Lefties Don't Deserve Abuse<p>My mum was furious with my infant and junior school because two of the teachers would not let me write with my left hand, they forced me to write with my right hand...which was impossible. This was in the early 80s.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gaop2mc?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">StanMarsh02</a></p><p>My mom flipped her sh*t when she came to pick me up from preschool (around 1980) and found my left arm tied behind my back. The teacher thought it perfectly acceptable to force me to use my right hand.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap4ash?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">lil_adk_bird</a></p><p>My mom was left handed, born in the 1950's, USA, they tied her left hand behind her back until she learned to write with her right hand.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap8vkm?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Queenofeveryisland</a></p>
Academic Awards<p>Not as a parent, but my high school eliminated academic awards, because it was somehow unfair on the kids who did not get one. They kept athletic awards, of course.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap6auk?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">FrightenedOfSpoons</a></p><p>This happened to me. It was 6 years ago, and I'm still pissed off. Both the other smart kids got awards already, so it was a shoe-in for me. </p><p>The academic award was always the biggest f*cking trophy as well. And then they just went "By the way, we aren't doing academic awards this year." </p><p>Like WHAT? They literally did *handwriting* awards, but not an academic one. ugh.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gapvk0c?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Qwandry_XCI</a></p>
"Art Show"<p>They had an art project which went really well. The kids were really proud of their work and parents were impressed. So did they let the kids take their artwork home to be admired by the family?</p><p>Hell no, they decided to put the projects in an "art show" and make parents BUY their children's work from the school as a fundraiser. Bear in mind this hadn't been the deal from the start - they just decided to hold a bunch of 8 year olds' work hostage because it was apparently surprisingly good.</p><p>Some parents objected to this on principle and demanded they shouldn't have to pay to enjoy the fruits of their child's labour. Their children's work was not included in the art show, but hung up in the office where children weren't allowed to go, and grudgingly released once all the other works were sold.</p><p>Our family had fallen on hard times and couldn't afford to pay $20 for our kids own intellectual property, so had to explain that her art wasn't going to be in the show with all her friends' to show off to their families, but would be hidden away with all the other poor kids' work.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gap53pm?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">tahituatara</a></p>
A Forgotten Five Year Old<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDY2NDY3NC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTU2Mzg3NH0.GVwwnTXvgOC5zUoYexytsfJuwcUt8Jl4_E6Ubh5f_UA/img.gif?width=980" id="fcac8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b339043f1384fad566293c95387be98e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="225" />danny mcbride bus patrol GIF by Vice Principals Giphy<p>They forgot my five year old daughter on the bus the second day of kindergarten. </p><p>The daycare called (that's where the school bus dropped her off so I could pick her and her sister up together after work) to ask if she was sick because she never got off the bus. I freaked and said no, called the school, they said they didn't know where she was. </p><p>They called me back 15 min later saying she had fallen asleep on the bus and didn't get off at her stop - THE BUS HAD GONE BACK TO THE DEPOT AND PARKED. </p><p>It was august ... in Georgia.</p><p>I was 37 weeks pregnant at the time so how this didn't send me in to preterm labor I will never know. Luckily everyone ended up ok but we promptly took her out of that school.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gaouv1u?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Particular_Mistake_2</a></p>
19th Century Accuracy<p>I'll never forget how furious my mom was with the school one time.</p><p>In eighth grade, so middle school keep that in mind, we had a history project where everyone drew a name of a historical figure out of a hat, you did a report on them. Pretty standard. They asked all of us to dress up as the person we drew and made the costume portion 25% of our grade. Already that's super stupid, obviously putting emphasis on the completely wrong portion for an academic project. Well I drew Harriet Tubman...</p>
Bullies In My Home<p>My mom and I were furious about this.</p><p>I was bullied pretty hard for no other reason than being shy in first grade and the sh*t stuck.</p><p>In fifth grade 5 people waited for me on the way home from school to beat me. We reported them to the school and police. (We were also angry with the police officer who shrugged off that they said 'We will kill you.' like it was just a joke. Yes 12 year olds. But still not a joke to the kid who hears this. And my school district was a really f*cked up one.)</p><p>Our class teacher wanted to suspend them and wrote something like "the parent-teacher-conference has decided to suspend them for 3 days". She got told that she should have written "propose" cause the conference does not decide.</p>
Fatherless Servants<p>For fathers day the kindergarten had donuts and tea with the dad's if they came in, most of them did. </p><p>The kids that didn't have dads (or dads that did not show up) were told they had to act as waiters and take the orders of the kids and dads who showed up.</p><p>Oddly enough nobody really said anything. Most of the kids didn't seem to notice how f*cked it was, even the ones serving</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gapfbxl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">KingOfSheepX</a></p><p>As a teacher, this is the first to make my blood boil. I <em>always</em> make arrangements for kids on Mother's Day and Father's Day who don't have that parent for whatever reason. I've had kids with two moms or dads, a dead parent, or a parent who was a deadbeat and left the mom with her two sons.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gaqnp5c?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ElderCunningham</a></p>
A Highly Visible And Distinct Blood Stain<p>Several years ago my daughter was an 8th grade cheerleader and they were required to wear their uniforms to school on game days whether home game or away game. They traveled to away games directly from school and did not come home first. </p><p>Imagine my surprise when I showed up at the away football game at 6pm that evening to find my daughter cheerleading on the sidelines in her uniform with a highly visible and distinct blood stain on her skirt. She had an accident very typical for middle-school girls and had asked the office to call me for a change of clothes --- they did not allow her to call me and she'd been told that she had to wear her uniform and she didn't have a cell phone to call me with (they weren't allowed at school in those days).</p>
Illegal CC's<p>My public school system sent out an email to all parents who had kids in school in recent years that asked what religion everyone was, what everybody's income was and other nicely illegal things for a school to ask. Because that's a good idea. </p><p>No, seriously all the questions asked were illegal for them to demand (and demand they did) answers to. </p><p>Better yet they made it all one email with all the parents of the district cc'd so this would have been information given to all of the other families too. They were actually offended when they were ripped into for their actions. </p><p>There were certainly other "you can't be serious" moments in that school system but certainly that was the crown jewel.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gb6oqw6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">AriaDusk22</a></p>
Merry Christmas<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDc2NDI2MS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODEyNjc2N30.8RPzGNSfcyxNfBsYaer4Oahw6ARAeH2omkOw7o6FMKo/img.gif?width=980" id="441d4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fa08086bc8f10840bb21fa583c307b05" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="250" data-height="162" />scared merry christmas GIFGiphy<p>When I enrolled my daughter in 2nd grade, I meticulously filled out a form in triplicate, stating that she is severely allergic to pine. One copy went to the nurse, one to the school files and the last to her teacher.</p><p>So imagine my surprise when in December, she got off the school bus, with red, running eyes, puffy face, wheezing, with a stuffy nose and her throat swollen badly enough that she could barely speak.</p><p>She refused to say what was wrong in the emergency room until I finally told her "I KNOW you were around pine. What happened?"</p>
Can't Say "It"<p>When I was in high school, my English teacher decided she hated the word "it." She decided that we students were no longer allowed to use the word "it" in our writing, even as part of a direct quote. </p><p>She would dock ten points for every use of the word "it" <em>and she wouldn't stop at zero.</em></p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gatv6k5?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">rhapsody_in_bloo</a></p>
It Made The Pastor Mad<p>A social-emotional learning program here got banned because there was a lesson that was about busting gender stereotypes and included the example that boys can play with dolls. </p><p>It made a pastor mad and he brought it to the school board.</p><p>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gatuqhf?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">turnipgirl21</a></p>
They Hid The "Worst" Pupils<p>This will be lost among all the top posts but when she was younger my daughter was having a hard time at school due to her mother leaving home. As such they place her in the ''special'' class. Basically a dumping ground for ''trouble makers'' and special need children. One day all the parents of children in this class were told not to bring their children in on a particular day, as the teachers will be unavailable that day.</p><p>Imagine the surprise when we found out after, that this was the day Ofsted [Government School Inspectors] visited and gave the school a outstanding [best] rating.</p><p>They literally hid their worse pupils from inspection.</p><p>I moved my daughter to a different school soon after and she got proper help for her issues.</p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/gasixpv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">NotReallyMyReal1</a></p>
The Guidance Counselor Refused To Do Their Job<p>The guidance counselor who was in charge of making class schedules wouldn't give my middle daughter a math class so she could graduate. Daughter had qualified for a full Gates Grant. Fought with the school for eighteen months. With the principal, vice principal, guidance counselor, superintendent, and school board. My daughter did not graduate.</p><p>Fast forward eight years. Same counselor refused to fill out the form the NCAA requires for students to receive athletic scholarships. Here's how this works: student finishes all NCAA requirements and is then given access to a form to give counselor. </p><p>From February to the end of May, daughter prints form five times explaining to counselor each time what it's for. Same routine. No one in the school district will force him to do his job. Finally her coach goes to his office and literally stands over his shoulder to make him do his job. </p><p>She gets her scholarship, but misses out on all the full ride ones because those colleges wouldn't wait. Two years later the new counselor finds two more offer letters in his desk that my daughter never even saw.</p><p>Why did these two things happen? </p><p>Poor students in our district are throw-aways. You're poor? You're not going anywhere. Even if the reason you're not going anywhere is their refusal to do their jobs. </p><p><span></span>- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jlflb5/parents_of_reddit_what_did_your_childs_school_do/garj2fw?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">DeadSheepLane</a></p>
Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's moral or right. We know that. But do we ever stop to consider how it applies to the way we treat kids?