Fun Friday: A web site about things your kids ruin!

I’m going to post a couple of things today but since it’s Fun Friday I thought I would start with a funny Web site I found on The Huffington Post the other day. It’s called “S#@$ My Kids Ruined” and it’s a web site of photos of things children have destroyed in their parents’ houses.  The tagline on the site is “The Strongest Visual Birth Control on the Market.” (Here is a link to the archive. The site was kind of hard to navigate.)

I was cracking up at the photos because we have all been shocked by the damage they could inflict in such a short period of time. I also like the explanatory notes that some parents give with their photos.

So check out the photos and see what you think.

The discussion question is this: What would the punishment be for some of the damage done in the photos – particularly the smashed flat-screen TV (one of my biggest fears!)?

(I have another topic up — Momania has been asked for advice about social media parenting by a major social media web site, Mashable.com. Check out the story on parenting tips to help your kids avoid social media pitfalls.)

(Third post for the day and I’m done!!!! Gwinnett County is hosting a solar science competition this weekend! The little kids, like my daughter, are making solar ovens. The older kids are making solar cars!! Holy cow! Check out my photos from the third-grade test run earlier this week! It’s a great Saturday event to bring your kids to!)

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Michelle

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

OMGosh…some of those are so funny! My brother came into town last night (or I should say VERY early this morning) and was telling his story! Their 2 1/2 y.o. was spinning in the living room and lost her balance. She fell into their 2 week old 56″ plasma t.v.! It no longer works! Bummer!

JATL

May 14th, 2010
9:39 am

I “liked” this site on FB a few days ago. It’s great! At my house, the guest room off of the kitchen seems to take the biggest beating. The kids watch cartoons in there a lot, and to date -my oldest scaled the drawers and got on the kitchen counter to retrieve scissors I thought were hidden -then cut holes in the duvet cover in there. I hate it anyway, it’s old and I plan to get another soon, but that action still didn’t go over very well! One day blue sharpie was used to “decorate” the lamp shade in there as well AND was used all over the door. Intense scrubbing with a Magic Eraser took care of the door, but a new lampshade is called for…

NOW -here’s you flat screen nightmare!!! -We have a smaller flat screen in the guest room, and it took a hit from a toy sword several months ago. It’s still watchable, and as I told my oldest -it’s THE tv you’ll be watching cartoons on! We’ve been having lots of discussion about the value and cost of things lately, and he really seems to be getting that some things (like flat screens) are VERY expensive! We did NOT catch him in the act with that, and I have no idea if it was actually an accident or not, so we let him know we were very disappointed and that he should NEVER even touch a tv screen. I threw all of his sweet treats away when he cut up the duvet cover, and he got his butt popped for the sharpie nightmare (he had been repeatedly warned not to draw on anything but paper).

Some places sell plastic covers to fit over the flat screens so they can’t be hit. I wish we had gotten one for that small tv. We have a really huge one downstairs, and I was searching for a cover, but my husband got a warranty/insurance from Best Buy on it, and no matter WHAT happens to it or why, they will replace it!

TechMom

May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

Not sure if they still make the stuff but several years ago, I bought my son the color-changing sunscreen. Turns out it only changes back to white when you rub it on skin. When you rub it into carpet, it stays purple.

Anyway, kids do dumb things and while I did make my son scrub the sunscreen stain (uselessly), there wasn’t much I could do to him. I think the dogs have destroyed more than he has quite frankly.

TechMom

May 14th, 2010
10:17 am

@JATL you just reminded me of the time when my son was about 4 and evidently got bored watching Saturday morning cartoons. He found the sissors and cut up his pajamas, socks, the blanket on the couch, the newspaper, etc. At least it wasn’t anything horribly expensive.

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
10:30 am

Oh yes, the cassette tapes brought back memories…I had forgotten all about that.

My son also put sandwich into the VCR…we did not have money for a new one either!

My sister’s kids used a black sharpie on her newly installed wallpaper.

My kids were really not too bad about this but the dogs…now THAT is another story.

I came home one day and walked into the living room to see a virtual snowglobe snowstorm.
Our Lab had a beanbag chair, he had ripped into it and was violently shaking it from side to side.
The little white things were flying all over the room and it took FOREVER to clean them up! He also got into an ink pen and got blue ink all over my brand new carpet. Great dog but his antics really could make you pull your hair out!

Speaking of ink pens…I have kept one propped in my ear since I was a teen. I learned my lesson last October. I was in the middle of a meeting and pulled my pen out of my ear, finding that it had leaked all over the side of my head, in my ear and onto a brand new jacket. WHAT A MESS. I kept going with the meeting but that night, I washed my hair in the hotel and it was actually ROYAL BLUE. I saw myself going to the next meeting in a ball cap….no more pens in my ear :)!

RJ

May 14th, 2010
10:58 am

My son killed a fly on my husbands 60 inch TV; the stain is still there, cannot be removed! When he was 3 he found my new permanent marker and drew what he called a boat on the wall. I tried everything to cover it up before we sold the house but nothing covered it up! When I moved the deck in my bedroom I discovered more of his artwork behind the desk. This time it was crayons. Most recently (at 10) he decided to clean the carpet in his room with clorox when he spilled RED punch (he knew he wasn’t supposed to drink in his room). He didn’t realize that the clorox would discolor my carpet!

One of the funniest stories I ever heard was when a little girl was so proud and excited to tell her dad how she’d helped clean up with the house by dusting the furniture. Instead of using furniture cleaner, she used dad’s shaving cream! It was everywhere!

@MJG, I had to tell my son’s teacher a few weeks ago that the dog really did eat his homework! She destroyed books, backpack, everything in sight! We had a good laugh. She told me that was the 2nd time in 20 years she’s been told that one and it was actually true.

The worse was my daughter carving the word STOP in her grandmother’s van. Why? She couldn’t explain it. She was 4 and they thought she was outside playing. Imagine kids taking house paint and painting your car. Yep, happened to a friend of mine. They were so proud to tell her that they’d painted her car for her so she wouldn’t have to take it to the shop to get it painted. I’m still laughing at that one!

Kids, you gotta love ‘em.

BlondeHoney

May 14th, 2010
11:00 am

Even when they grow up they can still do damage :) When my 23 year old engineer (an Ensign in the Navy) moved to Charleston, he decided to mount his flat screen TV on his bedroom wall, but never thought to mount it to the studs thingy in the wall so guess what..the whole 42 inch LG HDTV came crashing down. That was all the punsihment he needed :)

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
11:17 am

@ BlondeHoney, my son…like yours…appears to be quite intelligent! I fear the mechanical aptitude gene skipped him completely. Sometimes, it is scary. My husband tells him that he had better make a lot of money, as he cannot even screw in a light bulb. He will be paying to have this done for him. Your son is an engineer, so that is really scary….LOL.

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BlondeHoney

May 14th, 2010
11:27 am

@MJG, watch out when he gets on a nuclear sub LOL

Becky

May 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Guess, I’ve been blessed so far, my two haven’t ruined anything that was of great importance to me or my husband..Yeah, they’ve written on the wall, but so far that’s about the worst thing..

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Haha…he will not be doing nuclear pharmacy…he is strictly retail. I think my nephew is in a Pharmacy program that has nuclear.

Take 2 placebos and call back

May 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

Things my kids have ruined: My nerves for starters. Jimineeee, all I’m looking for is calm and a little peace of mind and can’t find either one. Those rotten scoundrels are gonna be the death of me.

jg

May 14th, 2010
12:56 pm

My Waterford vase (that I bought in Ireland)was destroyed by my son who was maybe 18 months at the time (threw a football)- that is the day I learned never to love anything material!

usually lurking

May 14th, 2010
1:08 pm

Age 4 and 5 – boys – playing frisbee in the family room on a rainy December day – knocked a heavy figurine off the mantle. Thankful that the figurine landed on the hearth and not a head.

Becky

May 14th, 2010
1:08 pm

Amen jg..Most of the “stuff” that I thought I could not live without has been broken my me..Guess that’s why I try to teach the little ones to be careful around anything I do want to keep..

Bama Boy

May 14th, 2010
1:14 pm

My son when he was 3 was helping me install my wifes new Maytag Stainless Steel dishwasher I left the kitchen to retrive some more tool
and began hearing a Bang Bang Banging sound only to return to find him standing in front on the dishwasher with hammer in hand Needless to say
the front of the of the dishwasher looked like a golfball and it did’nt even have the water hooked up yet

George Wilson

May 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

One things kids will NEVER ruin is my car. Worthless little whelps are allowed nowhere near it.

Velvet Elvis

May 14th, 2010
1:28 pm

Don’t let your niece put a hard boiled egg in the toilet bowl after it was peeled and she decided she didn’t want to eat it. —-actually make sure your teens as in girls don’t put feminine hygiene waste products in the commode or your plumbing system will have huge problems…not so funny.

kennesawmom

May 14th, 2010
1:33 pm

What haven’t mine ruined is what I should be asked? My new paint job in the house, the back door, the door that leads from the house into the garage, broken windows, scratched my car, broke a windshield wiper on the van & the truck, poked a hole in the ceiling, stained most of their clothes, took a bolt out of the bed, my dining room table, broke dishes, the carpet, the laptop, a cell phone, a tv, picture frames etc etc etc

I need the number for a good military school that accepts those as young as 3.

JoeV

May 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

Bama Boy…

Your wifes (sic) dishwasher? Wow. I guess you wear the pants in your house, huh? Big Bama Boy’s wife gonna do the dishes b/c she is a woman and that is a woman’s job!

Bama Boy

May 14th, 2010
2:03 pm

@JoeV
Can you install a light bulb or do you have to call a electrican?

JJ

May 14th, 2010
2:31 pm

My 2 year old daughter thinks she’s Van Gogh in the flesh. It was just 2 months after moving into our newly built home that she decides to paint her walls and with markers and decorate the carpet in her room with cranberry juice.

motherjanegoose

May 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

@ bama boy…I thought your story was hilarious. My husband installed our dishwasher too but my kids were way older. Some of us are lucky enough to have hubbies who are jack of all trades….kudos to you! I think the point was that most women do not consider the dishwasher to be theirs…maybe it is in your house and that is fine!

Fred

May 14th, 2010
9:56 pm

The Huffington post. That explains a lot. Thanks for the info, I know now that your are a useless mindblob. That site is about as factual as Rush Limbaugh’s. Idiots competing for idiot minds. No thinking human being could stand the shame of of quoting either idiot and still hold their head up. I know, it’s impossible that neither Huffington nor Limbaugh have never been correct about SOMETHING but the odds are against them both in the everyday world.

You saddened me. I don’t know why I expected anything else. How sad.

Free your mind, think for yourself. Really, a cold drink of water and an original thought WON’T kill you, it’s just a myth…….

Angela

May 14th, 2010
10:05 pm

I love the stories of the kids with bleach, crayons, desitin, etc…..love them…but to be upset (or whatever) because your kid got into pure acetone and ruined your new over priced table, or busted your big screen plasma/LCD because it was in their reach is something I can’t comprehend.
Rugrats+expensive sh^# = demolition.
that is one of those “you bring it on yourself” kind of thing….lol

my brother, many moons ago, was a little too quiet one day. Mom had me check on him. I found him in the kitchen with the can of Crisco…..everywhere…..too funny.

qirin

May 15th, 2010
4:22 am

I wouldn’t punish my kids at all. After all, most of those pictures seemed to be ultimately the fault of careless parents. Besides, in the end, it’s just “stuff” and not important in the least.

And to Fred: It’s a light-hearted story. Regardless where it comes from it says nothing about where this blogger gets other information or what she believes. Your post, on the other hand, has singled YOU out as the mindless blob around here.

Susan

May 15th, 2010
9:50 am

My son was about three and I while I was doing laundry he asked why I did it. I explained things get dirty and had to be cleaned routinely to keep them like new. A few hours later I noticed my jewelry (gold necklace, bracelet and a pair of earings) were missing off my dresser. When I asked about them he said he cleaned them so they would be pretty and new for me. I asked him where they were and he showed me the sink in the bathroom…and the drain was pulled out…and he said they’re “cleaning down there”. I couldn’t punish him he thought he was doing something nice for me like I did for him.

Bama Boy

May 15th, 2010
12:28 pm

Thanks motherjanegoose the word I should have used was “our” but JoeV
shure got his panties in a wad I’m glad a gave him something to vent
about Sounds like he needed to LOL

motherjanegoose

May 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

bamaboy…I think it would be boxers in a bunch….maybe not….:0

catlady

May 15th, 2010
5:33 pm

Playdoh washes fairly well but it doesn’t dry worth a (darn)! Permanently adheres to everything, especially white clothes.

Lizards and frogs don’t do well when washed and dried, either.

Other than that, my younger daughter scribbled on some books a few times, but that is it Guess I am lucky.

Fred

May 15th, 2010
9:10 pm

You weren’t “lucky” catlady, you were a parent. You actually (oh the horror) WATCHED your children. Took care of them even.

quirin: Here’s your sign. If she wasn’t perusing the site she wouldn’t have seen it. I know you lack the intelligence to understand. Maybe. You WERE smart enough to understand that if the parents were actually PARENTING then most of the stuff wouldn’t have happened but still……….. I wonder if any of them are the same ones that forgot they had their child in the car to take to daycare and left them to die because well, being a parent wasn’t as important as their job so they never really thought about it.

I don’t “stumble” into idiot sites that are as well publicized as Huffington. Although I have to admit that I clicked the link here to Huffington and found the posts there as insipid as I found them the first time I went there. An idiot site designed for mindless idiots that want validation for their idiocy. I can proudly say though that I have never been enticed to Limbaugh’s site.

Contrary to your mindless post, it says a LOT about where she gets her info and what she chooses to blog about. I would bet they have a bunch of cute pictures of kids on the KKK site, but I seriously doubt we’ll see a link here to that just as I seriously doubt we’ll see a link to Limbaugh’s site. Maybe YOU lack the gift of discernment, but don’t paint everyone else with your brush of stupidity.

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Gram

May 17th, 2010
6:11 am

As a kid, we lived in a duplex. Our next-door neighbors had gone out of town for the week-end, and my good friend and I (we were about 5) went onto their closed-in back porch, where they kept their upright piano. We found a can of white paint and went to work, painting everything including the piano and the screens in the door/windows. Needless to say, that’s ONE punishment I’ll always remember.

motherjanegoose

May 19th, 2010
8:33 pm

@ Gram…when I was a girl, I sat on my Mom’s olive green couch in my wet swimsuit.
I left a chlorine stain and YES I remember that punishment too. I was thinking about my kids and not me!

trying hard to be patient

May 22nd, 2010
11:38 pm

We had just moved into our new house when our son was 4. He was in a small toddler bed and put a slice of American cheese on the wall. I did not find that piece of cheese until we got him a bigger bed. It ate through the paint and we had a very hard time covering it up. We ended up painting it a dark blue to cover the stain.
This is not a “destroy” story, but… also soon after moving into our new house, my husband and I were working in the yard. The phone rang and when I answered it the voice on the other end was laughing and said that I needed to reteach my son how to call 911 for a true emergency. Our 4 year old had called 911 to ask for help wiping him because he couldn’t find his mommy or daddy to do it!!