Whether you have kids or not, it’s a fact absolutely everybody knows – kids have no filters.
While most of the time it can be pretty endearing and funny, every now and then, something comes out of their little mouths that makes you question precisely everything.
It’s usually unintentional, but those tiny humans really know how to embarrass their parents in public.
From telling off strangers to sharing Mum and Dad’s secrets and announcing their knowledge of, erm, anatomy to the world, most parents have an embarrassing story to tell.
But there is an upside – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
In the name of honest parenting, we asked Mamamia readers to share the times they’ve been thoroughly embarrassed by their toddler in public.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. When toilet training goes wrong.
“My partner’s niece, who is in the process of being potty trained, did a poo on the side of the pathway, in front of everyone including other hikers.
“There was no time to get the portable potty out. Her grandfather had to pick it up in a dog poo bag.”
2. When your child mum shames you.
“She told strangers that I forgot to put her seatbelt on. I swear it only happened once.”
3. When you realise you… shouldn’t have said that.
“They told another child, ‘My mummy says your mummy wears too much makeup.'”
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4. When Santa looks like Daddy.
“My daughter aged 22 months old was at a playgroup Christmas morning tea. While Santa was giving gifts to the kids, she piped up saying, ‘That’s not Santa, that’s a Daddy.’ It was indeed a ‘Daddy’ dressed up as Santa. I was mortified.”
5. When your child interrupts the priest.
“At a mass, my four-year-old was fiddling under the pew, paying zero attention to the service until the priest said something along the lines of, ‘God is a spirit’. She flew out from under the chair and asked at the highest volume, ‘Did he just say that God is a FERRET?”
6. When your child understands death… too well.
“A friend’s little boy walked up to the coffin at a funeral and shouted, ‘Dead, Dead, Dead!'”
7. When sex education goes wrong.
“My sister is a midwife and decided her girls should understand the human body so she never hid anything and explained what they were seeing. One day, with a house full of guests, my sister excused herself and her three-year-old daughter said, ‘Are you going to change your tampon, Mummy?'”