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Dads Confess to Crazy Things They Let Kids Do When Mom Isn't Around

Posted by on Jul. 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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Dads Confess to Crazy Things They Let Kids Do When Mom Isn't Around

by Judy Dutton

Every once in a blue moon, my husband volunteers to watch our four-year-old daughter so I can go meet friends and otherwise have a life. While I'm always grateful when he grants me these few hours of freedom, some small part of me wonders: What do those two do when I'm not there?

While I can't imagine my husband would ever tell me the truth, I decided to poll a bunch of other dads on what they do with their kids when mom's not around, just to get an idea. Their answers are equally hilarious and horrific -- they'll make you wonder whether you should ever leave him alone with your kids ever again.

"Whenever my wife travels for work, I take my kids (6 and 3 years old) to a diner and we eat cake for dinner. It was going really well until my 3-year-old told my wife when she saw her the next morning, 'Daddy gave us cake for dinner!'"

"I used to say that my son's first words would be 'Don't tell your mom.' When she's not around we attend psychic expos. My son has an interest in the paranormal that my wife does not approve of. We didn't talk to the dead, but he did talk to 'mystics' about animal spirits, angels, Bigfoot, and aliens."

"I let my kids have the two dogs sit on the sofa with them (a major no-no) and we watch scary movies (another no-no). Got caught once. I was told that the kids would be better off staying home without my supervision!"

"I let my kids (age 9, 11 and 13) hammer and saw with my tools, climb ladders, go on the roof of the garage, wade in the stream, stay up late, and drive the car in the driveway on my lap."

"Plenty, but here's a start: Potato cannon (she was 4); eat dinner in front of the television; have a pizza eating race; Blueberry basketball (each person's mouth is the "hoop" and the goal is to sit across the table from each other and try to get as many blueberries in the other person's mouth as possible); go rock climbing (infant, strapped to my back, I climbed); bribe them to do chores so I look good. Funny, no 'Dad of the Year' trophies for me; I wonder why not?"

"One time my kids and I were in a hotel and all we had in the ice chest were hot dogs, but we had nothing to cook with. So I took an extension cord, stripped the end, and stuck the copper wire in each end of the hot dog. Then I plugged it in and watched it sizzle. You need to hold the plug because too much time and the hot dog blows up."


Have you caught your partner misbehaving with your kids?

by on Jul. 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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by on Jul. 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Not a chance. 

DH is to strict. The kids goof off and get into trouble stuff with me. 

Dh doesn't allow cake/candy/sweets etc even after meals and only a tiny bit at parties. 

He likes it neat and organized(not as much as me) so won't let the kids make a mess. 

When he's home he plays with them more and hangs out with them more. 

by on Jul. 31, 2014 at 7:43 AM

 My husband was a lazy parent and let them do what they wanted within reason. The house was always a mess and they would run around like fruit loops, but they had fun!

by on Jul. 31, 2014 at 7:46 AM
My so is a fun dad, he will do some of this stuff even when I'm around.

I let the kids make "smoothies" while he's gone. I refuse to drink them lol.
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by on Jul. 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM
DH pretty much watches movies with them if I'm not home. Sometimes he'll make them clean their room since I have a heck of a time getting them to do it.
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by on Jul. 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Not quite like that ;)

by on Jul. 31, 2014 at 3:55 PM

HAHAHA omg I am never leaving my kids alone with dad ever again.....

by Silver Member on Jul. 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Dh lets them take the house apart.  He sits in the living room, playing his guitar and the kids take everything out.  If I come back from shopping the entire floor is covered with books, paper and crayons.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 31, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Um... My husband is a little more lax than I am, but we don't keep secrets. Wish I could think of an example of the last silly thing they did without me; I think one night they watched YouTube videos instead of reading a bedtime story.

by Silver Member on Aug. 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM

 He's more laid back than I am, but don't think he would do anything like that, anyway, my kids would have told me.

by on Aug. 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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I now want to try the hot dog trick. Lmao
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