Parents often worry that they’re not doing the right thing. If these pictures show you anything, the feeling does not appear to be unfounded. From allowing kids to pee in showrooms to capturing a nasty fall on camera, these moments will make you laugh or gasp (or most likely some expression in between).
mHowever, like most things in life and in parenting, we learn the best lessons from experiencing mistakes firsthand. Good thing the kids came out okay after these not-so-ok moments.
Here are 65 parents who captured some epic parenting fails on camera:
1. Spelling error
All this mom wanted was a photo of her children spelling out “LOVE.”
In case you didn’t learn your alphabet from the Village People, the first and third letters both look like Cs. Can you guess what the other two are?
Hey, dad, you’re supposed to protect your kid from the soccer ball, not let him get hit by it in the face!
Unless this is a new sport we’re not aware of?
3. Holiday sweater horror
This parent accidentally sent their son to school with an ugly sweater that was less than child-appropriate.
One wonders why they’d even make this in a children’s size!
It was only after his kindergarten teacher pointed out what Santa was doing that the parents caught on to their wardrobe malfunction.
4. You’ve got a little something on your head
This scene is probably something that a mom would never want to see.
We can only imagine the woman’s horror when someone pointed out that there is a lemur in her baby’s stroller!
Looks like this little girl needed a better grip.
It’s a good thing she had a soft landing.
6. Ketchup conundrum
That looks a bit close to the eye there, dad! Maybe next time put a napkin over the kid.
But some school photographer decided to have a little fun by asking this kid to turn a little too far to the right.
Next time mom and dad might want to second-guess the shirt choice.
Aww, remember that time we didn’t bother to read the title?
At least it’ll give the family a good laugh when they look back.
9. Working dad
We just hope the kid stays in place so dad can get some work done.
10. Creative endeavors
Little kids love to play with Legos and it helps their creativity to go off-book and build their own creations.
But this little one managed to build a pub with patrons falling out of their seats drunk.
It makes you wonder what he’s been watching!
This family was supposed to get a sweet shot of the parents swinging their baby. But someone swung a bit too hard.
Talk about getting the shot just in time – these parents will definitely have a photoshoot to remember. Once they clean up their poor kid.
12. Spitting image
This mom was spitting sunflower seeds out her front window only to find out later that they had made their way back in through the backseat window and onto her sleeping daughter.
13. Toddler tether
Maybe mom had to take a bathroom break and had no other choice.
It’s kind of a genius hack if you absolutely must leave the room for just a minute.
14. Portrait of the artist as a toddler
One mom thought that it would be a great idea to let her baby explore art by giving her painting materials. But when she came back from the kitchen to watch her little painter color her canvas, she was surprised to find her doing some body painting instead!
Good thing it was washable paint!
15. Pool days with pops
Sometimes dads don’t know their own strength – especially when it comes to tossing kids.
A little too much exertion means this kid was in for a wild ride. Just take a look at his face if you want to see how it’s going.
16. Training day
That’s why they call it potty *training* – they’re not always going to get it right on the first try.
At least it happened outside!
17. He asked for it!
When this kid ran up to the ride and asked to go on, little did he know how much he’d hate it.
That’s 30 seconds that will last a lifetime!
18. The hardships of being a parent
Toddlers are notorious for being eternally energetic. They simply want to run around all day!
This dad looks pretty exhausted from running after his nude toddler, but nevertheless, he persisted.
19. Resting beach face
The beach is a very nice place to go to. Kids just love to have fun under the sun!
But there is one thing that parents totally hate about the beach: sand. It’s everywhere!
And if you’re not careful, your kids might end doing a faceplant right into the stuff.
20. Haircut hell
If you want to cut your kid’s hair, make sure you know how to use the tools correctly.
Otherwise, you’ll want to shell out for a pro unless you want them walking around like this.
21. Well, it works for the cat so why not the kid?
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
There are moments when parents think of unconventional ways to get their kids from Point A to Point B (especially when B stands for bed).
Take this dad for example. He wanted his toddler to go to his room and so he lured him there with a laser pointer.
Good kitty…we mean kiddo.
22. Nap and play
The kid doesn’t look impressed though.
23. Hanging him out to dry
Hammocks always seem like a fun idea until you have to get into and out of one. It’s not a beginner-level skill!
Wearing arm floaties certainly doesn’t help either.
24. Role model
One of the challenges of having a toddler is getting them to go to sleep!
This mom found it totally hilarious when she opened the door to her one-year-old’s room and found dad lying on the floor to make sure their baby did not wake up from her slumber.
25. When daddy goes shopping for the kids
This mom let her daughter and husband go out on their own to shop for the little girl’s new clothes. Why not? It’s a great bonding opportunity!
But after seeing what her husband bought for their daughter, we’re sure she won’t let them go out shopping alone ever again.
26. Showing a bit too much skin
This is what you get when you let dad dress the kids for the pool.
This little girl’s swimsuit is backward, making it a tad more risque than intended.
27. Bonkers background
This man’s girlfriend was taking candid pictures of him at the mall when they suddenly noticed what was unfolding behind him.
Talk about candid camera!
28. Table for two
This father only wanted to grab a nice dinner with his daughter.
Apparently, the little girl has other plans and decided to sit this way for most of the night.
29. Mother knows text
This kid’s description of her mom hits a little too close to home and we can’t help but laugh at their total honesty.
What can we say, it’s an accurate 21st-century description of many parents.
30. Father, daughter and extra daughter
Sometimes good parenting just requires some good cropping skills.
Or remembering that you have another kid.
31. Baby on board
Leave it to the People of Walmart to give us this insight into bad parenting.
32. Kid crusher
Maybe just walk next time.
33. Beat it
We all like to lick the beaters but it’s a parent’s job to make sure we don’t maim ourselves in the process!
34. Desk chair drama
This dad thought it was a good idea to take his kids on a desk chair ride.
But what started as an exciting ride ended could have ended in disaster.
35. Hey, can you spot me?
What happens if that thing rolls forward? And how do you drop it without putting that kid in danger?!
36. Baby doll
But you’re not supposed to seal them in!
37. Minnie Monster
This mom wanted to make her daughter feel less afraid when sleeping in her bedroom so she bought this cute Minnie Mouse lamp.
But when she turned it on she instantly knew that she made a mistake.
Talk about timing!
39. Shoeless and clueless
Apparently, having more kids does not really equate to having better parenting skills. Just look at what this kid’s parents did.
She’s their third child and yet they still forgot to put shoes on her when it’s 30 degrees outside.