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The funniest parenting fails from NYC families (September 24)

Sometimes, we're bad moms and dads, okay? Laugh now and (definitely) deny it later. Seriously, nobody's perfect.

Between idyllic trips to NYC's 25 best playgrounds in New York City, exploring amazing museum exhibits for kids and enjoying family lunches at your favorite family restaurants, life can be less than picture-perfect. Let's be real-even the best moms and dads make a mistake now and then! See our favorite funny fails from parents around the city.

"I dropped Elmo in the fire pit while we were camping upstate." —Ethan, Manhattan

"Didn't realize why my son was having a tantrum until it was too late. His pacifier fell on the ground and we'd left it behind." —Anj, Bronx


"I told the kids the store was out of other costumes because I really wanted them to be Lucy and Snoopy." —Sarah, Manhattan

"Our toddler picked and ate a bunch of sage leaves from our porch planter and threw up everywhere." —Sam, Brooklyn


"I was playing music on my phone while giving my son a bath. Some enthusiastic splashing ruined the fun. —Janie. Queens

"The iTunes movie I downloaded for my kids stopped working one hour into our trip to San Francisco!" —Loretta, Manhattan


"The kids won't let me read them bedtime stories because I 'don't do the voices as good as daddy.'" —Maven, Brooklyn

"There was only one box of Nerds left, so I let the kids share it. They shared poorly, and the whole box went all over the subway floor." —Hannah, Manhattan


"I tried using 'grown-up toothpaste' (mint-flavored) with my three-year-old and he spit it up all over my work outfit." —Jessica, Brooklyn

"I left my kids alone for three seconds, and they trimmed the dog's tail." —Bernard, Brooklyn