Parenting Fails: The funniest parenting blunders from NYC families (January)

Sometimes, we're bad moms and dads, okay? Laugh now and deny it later.

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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"I toilet trained my child by giving her Hershey's Kisses when she was successful. When I took her to the dentist, she had five cavities." —Shy Eyes, Queens
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"I overheard Jacob telling his friend, 'Dammit isn't a bad word, Mommy says it all the time.'" —Andrea, Brooklyn
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"I'm not ready to explain death to a toddler, so mine's secretly on his third identical Beta fish." —Jared, Bronx
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"My kids were naughty, so their Elf on the Shelf "ate" some of their gingerbread house." —Dani, Queens
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"Took the kids to Six Flags and peer pressured them to go on a rollercoaster. One of them puked." —Jack, Brooklyn
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"Accidentally ripped the head off my kid's Barbie." —Alexis, Manhattan
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"Cassie stood up at the Radio City Christmas Show and said, 'I'm tired of all this Jesus stuff.'" —Sarah, Manhattan
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"My kid was definitely the reason for a Kiddie Pool evacuation last summer." —Jacklyn, Queens
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"Gave my four-year-old a lollipop and eventually noticed she was letting the dog take a lick every now and then." —Roxanne, Manhattan 
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"We were taking a group photo when I realized my son Patrick was off to the side crying because we forgot him." —Jean, Manhattan
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"I came back from a business trip (dad was on duty) and picked the kids up from school. My daughter had two left-footed shoes…" —Ava, Brooklyn
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"I left my Sammie with a box of Entenmanns doughnuts. Returned and there was a single bite out of each one." —Jessica, Brooklyn
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"My son peed into a potted plant on a restaurant’s patio!" Elizabeth, Brooklyn
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"Mason caught me eating one of Santa’s cookies and about lost his mind." —Annette, Manhattan
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli"On the way to church my Lily tripped and her dress flipped over her head to reveal a bare bottom. I'd forgotten her pull-ups." —Linda, Queens

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.

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