As parents, we’ve all been caught with our pants down from time to time. And while such mistakes might feel unbearably cringeworthy in the moment, it’s important to keep in mind that these things happen to the very best of us. Case in point: Our uproarious roundup of the worst parenting mistakes from actual moms features stories of toddlers who picked up on a mom’s potty mouth, parents who didn’t make it to school pick-up, and just about everything in between. The takeaway? If you’ve ever experienced a parenting fail, you need not feel alone.
1. “I thought it was crazy hair day, but it was actually ‘dress for success’ day. So I sent my 5-year-old to school in a clown wig and everybody else was in a suit and tie.” —Simone, PA
2. “In a fit of frustration, my young daughter yelled ‘f—king computer!’ She didn’t know what she was saying, but I knew exactly how she had learned that colorful phrase. I think she was 3 years old at the time...I’m just glad it didn’t come out at daycare.”—Hilary, MA
3. “I sent my kid in with a bagel for a snack, but accidentally used cumin instead of cinnamon.”—Amber, CA