17 Pictures That Prove Parenting Licenses Should Be A Thing

We all know it's not easy being a parent. But sometimes we think children are smarter than the people raising them. Take a look at these 17 epic parenting fails, and then go hug your kids.

1. Let's be honest. Who really wanted to go on this ride?

1. Let's be honest. Who really wanted to go on this ride?Watsapping

Probably not the kid screaming and clutching the sides of the ride. This is why you shouldn't pressure your kids into doing things. It never ends well for anyone. Thanks for the trauma family!

2. You don't have a table for that?

2. You don't have a table for that?Justsomething

What's the point of having kids if you can't use them as furniture? Apparently, they make great tables. And—bonus—when they're older they make good employees around the house! You don't even have to pay them!

3. "One of my own kind."

3. "One of my own kind."Watsapping

When your child sees a kindred spirit in the dog on the street, something might be wrong. Child safety is great, but these leashes always look so creepy. The kid is trying to tell the dog that he understands the struggle.

4. Life hack for hard subway seats: Use your baby as a cushion.

4. Life hack for hard subway seats: Use your baby as a cushion.Justsomething

Wait, that's not a life hack. That's a terrible parenting choice. That can't be comfortable for the kid. Maybe the kid is actually providing some lumbar support. Either way, this seems like something that should be avoided.

5. We're getting a glimpse into a future hero's origin story.

5. We're getting a glimpse into a future hero's origin story.Watsapping

Was that this dad's plan all along? He's trying to turn his kid into some kind of electro-mutant. That's a pretty high-risk situation for such a slim chance at a reward. They make comics about superheroes, but they don't talk about the people who don't make it through the toxic-waste accidents.

6. This is a blatant cry for help.

6. This is a blatant cry for help.Thumb Press

Unfortunately, no one can hear her with that bag over her head. Someone should explain to this woman how suffocation is something parents are generally supposed to prevent. She doesn't seem very concerned.

7. The baby is not happy about this.

7. The baby is not happy about this.Thumb Press

What genius thought "baby in the microwave" would make a good picture? The baby's like "Hey, I'm not food!" At least they'll have this picture to look back on when the baby grows up. She'll probably think it's a little funnier when she's older.

8. He's learning to speak Parseltongue.

8. He's learning to speak Parseltongue.Thumb Press

His first command will be ordering the snake to eat his dumb parents. That's a remarkably patient snake. It's incredible the parents didn't even consider that this might be a bad idea. We're no snake experts, but this doesn't seem super safe.

9. This is also a photographer fail.

9. This is also a photographer fail.MyNameIsTeddy/Imgur

"That's great! Just keep walking! I'm getting some great shots here!" The guy with the camera maybe should have mentioned that they were dragging their child across the ground.

10. The baby is smart enough to know that this isn't right.

10. The baby is smart enough to know that this isn't right.MyNameIsTeddy/Imgur

"Is that burning feeling on my back normal, Mom?" Danger aside, wouldn't a baby make a pretty bad ironing board? Isn't the whole point that they're stable and flat? A baby just seems like it really wouldn't help your clothes look much better.

11. There will be payback.

11. There will be payback.MyNameIsTeddy/Imgur

There is no way this kid doesn't grow up to be a jerk. He doesn't even stand a chance! He's gonna learn nothing except how to sneak up on people. His friends will hate him for it.

12. "Just a little closer...a little closer."

12. "Just a little closer...a little closer."MyNameIsTeddy/Imgur

This will be really fun to explain to the authorities. "I had no idea that putting this inherently unbalanced object on a ledge was a bad idea!" Who ever could have guessed that something bad would happen?

13. What the what?

13. What the what?Thumb Press

Things never end well when you feed your child to rabid raccoons. Hopefully this is actually a picture of a good parent catching their falling child. We'll assume that's the case just for our sanity.

14. "There were no grocery carts left."

14. "There were no grocery carts left."Thumb Press

That's what you'll tell your child someday when they ask you where their fear of being buried by groceries came from. Hopefully this child doesn't struggle with claustrophobia. We probably would after being smothered like that.

15. What kind of mother?

15. What kind of mother?Watsapping

Is it possible to divorce your parents? We think this kid is going to have a really strong case. Child leashes are one thing when they have harnesses, but a collar? That seems pretty extreme, and a little unsafe.

16. "Tell me again how your child fell into the cavern?"

16. "Tell me again how your child fell into the cavern?"Watsapping

"I threw him in there." At least this kid is going to grow up pretty much fearless. The child is bound to be some kind of adventurer some day. This is the birth of an adrenaline junkie!

17. This poor child is crying because he just realized something about his gene pool.

17. This poor child is crying because he just realized something about his gene pool.Watsapping

One too many genes may have been recycled while making his father. "Can we please not hang out in the trash can anymore dad?"

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