Kids are mischievous, and parents constantly catch them getting up to no good. Sometimes it's small things, like not taking out the trash for multiple days, while other times it's something big like breaking curfew or throwing a huge house party. Whether their blunders were big or small, these moms and dads set their kids straight in the most hilarious ways. We've gathered the funniest notes written by parents who simply had enough - read on for the best ones!
Never Mess With A Kitchen That Mom Just Cleaned
Parents spend a lot of time cleaning. Bedrooms need to be tidied, laundry needs to be washed, and kitchens need to be scrubbed. All moms know there is nothing worse than slaving away in the kitchen, cleaning it after a big meal, and then finding it all messy again because the kids wanted a snack. So this mom's kids needed to know exactly what would happen if they touched her pristine kitchen.
There is nothing passive-aggressive about this note. All kids beware of mom and her newly cleaned kitchen, otherwise, they are in for a nasty surprise - she will "cut you."
Good Intentions, Bad Execution
Some kids - especially teens - don't like to listen to their parents. They automatically assume they know better and that their parents are basically dinosaurs who can't remember what it's like to be young. Contrary to their teens' beliefs, parents do remember what it was like to be young, and this mom has no problem reminding her son of that. There won't be any teen moms happening on this mom's watch.
There is just one little problem, though. Unfortunately, that tack straight through the foil-wrapped package was not strategically placed, and a baby might just be on the horizon for this couple.
Parents Get Hungry, Too
Lunchtime at school is sacred. Some schools have cafeterias that offer delicious meals, while others just offer a lunchroom for students to unpack their homemade lunches. Many parents spend time making sure that the lunch they pack for their kids is nutritionally balanced, while others just throw together whatever leftovers are in the fridge. One parent was putting lunch together when they decided they just wanted a quick bite.
The kid who opened their lunch and saw this must have been pretty shocked. That's not a tiny nibble but a giant adult-sized bite mark. But we bet all turned out fine since the parent kindly sent a note that said, "Hope you don't mind."
Do Not Wake Mom Up From Her Self-Induced Coma
Being a parent means needing to put yourself second and your children first. But sometimes, even mom and dad need some time to themselves, especially when they are sick. After spending an entire day coughing, this mom knew it was time to take some cough syrup and settle in for a good long sleep. Sometimes the best medicine is simply just giving in to your body and listening to what it wants.
Mom didn't want her kids to be concerned about her unconscious body, though, and left this quick note to let them know that she would rise in about 10 hours and was not, in fact, dead.
Curfews Are Not Something To Be Broken In This Household
As teens grow up, they start to rebel more and more. At first, it is just little things, like trying a sip of a beer at a party, but sometimes it can lead to certain nighttime activities that involve breaking curfew. Many parents think that a curfew will help keep their kids safe because they know where they will be after 11 PM or midnight. And in this house, you do not break curfew.
And if you do, then you must deal with the consequences and sleep on the patio. At least the parents were kind enough to leave a blanket outside this time.
Not Everyday Can Be A Great Day For Young Julian
Being negative all the time doesn't help anyone, which is why this mom decided to leave a nice positive note for her son Julian. Everyone should have a great day! Julian was not having it, though. He clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed and decided to let a black cloud hang over him for the entire day. Maybe there is more going on behind the scenes.
Whatever is happening in Julian's personal life to make him have a bad day, we really hope he gets it sorted out and finds a bit of positivity. Maybe next time he'll write back to mom, "I will" instead of "I will not."
A Quick Colonoscopy Update From Mom
Medical emergencies happen all the time, and when dad needs to go to the hospital, he needs to go quickly. Mom is always the logical choice in terms of who will drive him, which is why this very clear note was left. It describes precisely what dad is about to have done to him in very easy-to-understand terms. We do have to wonder how he arrived at this point, though.
There might just be a life lesson here. And we mean more life lessons than calling a colonoscopy a "tube up bum" procedure from now on. Thanks for the idea, mum.
Sticky Notes Are Perfect For Teens With Spotty Memories
Every day parents ask their kids to do simple chores, like taking out the garbage or unloading the dishwasher. Some kids need to be reminded to do these, while others just do them because that is their job in the household. For one teen, it would appear that he was not pulling his weight on the chore front, and his mom had had to develop a special method for reminding him.
Sticky notes in bright colors placed in high traffic areas, like next to a car's door handle, are one way to get someone's attention. That's exactly what this mom did to remind her child to turn off the soup and let the cat in before heading out.
Towels Only Belong On The Floor In Hotel Bathrooms
Bathing is one of those habits most teens pick up, or at least we really hope they do. Going through puberty and experiencing all of those hormones can lead to some pretty sweaty situations, and bathing regularly along with a slick of deodorant is the best way to fight body odor. There is a fine art to bathing in most households, and it all revolves around the towels and where they are hung or not hung.
Doing laundry is ridiculously easy, but towels do not need to be washed every day unless they have been used to mop up something gross. If this teen wants to use a fresh towel every day, they better start doing their own laundry, or dad will be even madder. As he said, "hang towel and reuse it!"
The Best Notes Are The Ones Hidden In Strange Places
Playing pranks on your loved ones is one of the best ways to bring a smile to their faces or strike fear in their hearts, depending on the route you go. One mom always wrote cute little notes for her child's lunch and included them in the lunch box. Eventually, it got kind of boring to constantly have the same generic note, which led to this brilliant idea regarding placement.
Who said notes need to be right out there in the open? The answer is no one, which is why this mom thought it clever to stick the note inside the sandwich.
Healthy Snacks Just Don't Hit The Spot Like Unhealthy Ones Do
Parents always want their kids to eat healthily. A well-balanced diet leads to a healthy body, and that's why kids need to eat foods from all of the major food groups, including vegetables. Baby carrots are one of those snacks many people often get sent to school with because they are easy to eat and full of carotene, which is good for eye health. One little guy wasn't a fan of his carrots, though.
There is no competition when it comes to comparing Twinkies and carrots. One is full of surgery chocolatey goodness, and the other one is just kind of crunchy. We know which snack we would trade for, even if mom wrote us a note asking us not to.
Always Read What Is On The Tube Before Brushing Teeth
Toothpaste tends to always come in tubes, but a lot of other products come in tubes as well. If you aren't careful, you might just end up squeezing a tube of acne cream or diaper cream onto a toothbrush. Someone made a pretty grave error when they squeezed out some of this Vagisil tube onto their toothbrush, and instead of being greeted by a minty fresh flavor, they got something much more unpleasant.
We really hope this was a kid and not a parent. Parents should know better by this point! But at the same time, if it was a kid, we would feel so bad!
The Four Worst Words a Teen Could Hear
Peer pressure is a very real thing. Every day kids are asked if they want to skip school to hit the skatepark, go to a party and have a few beers, or even take up smoking a certain substance. Parents are always nervous their kids will get up to no good, and for a good reason - they often do! Somehow this mom found out her kid had taken up smoking and decided to let them know.
Nothing screams "you're in big trouble" than the four words, "we need to talk," written inside some smoking supplies. That must have been a fun family meeting, said no one ever.
Someone Please Disinfect This Table
Being a teenager is one of the hardest times in life for many people. Acne rears its head, braces go on, and general gawkiness is what most teens have to deal with. Then, there are the 'cool' kids, the ones who get up to all sorts of adult activities, which must be how this wrapper ended up being found by a mom. Generally speaking, wrappers should not be left on kitchen tables.
At least this teen is being safe, so mom can't be too upset about finding this. If anything, a conversation needs to happen about kitchen tables being a surface people eat off of, and it should not be used for late-night activities.
The Curse Of The Empty Toilet Paper Holder
We have all sat down on the toilet at some point, done our business, and then reached to grab some toilet paper only to realize that there is none. For some people, this is a pretty horrifying moment. You have to look around the bathroom, scrabble to find a roll, and look for wiping alternatives if there isn't one available. This is definitely not a situation you want to be in at a stranger's house.
One parent had enough and refused to change the empty toilet paper holder. If their kid wanted to use toilet paper, then they would have to refill the toilet paper holder monster themselves.
Don't Come A Knockin' If The Door Be A Rockin'
Kids don't like to think about it, but there is really only one way that most kids end up in the world and it definitely happens behind closed doors. Maybe these parents have decided it is time to bring another kiddo into the world, or maybe they really just want to get down and dirty with one another. In any case, no kids should enter this room under any circumstances.
Whatever is happening behind this door is not something their kids want to see, and if they do decide to risk it they might just end up needing some therapy sessions, as these parents so cleverly warned.
Dad's Thermostat Is Not To Be Meddled With
In many households, the thermostat is something that only parents can touch. Some parents are extremely energy conscious and will not adjust the thermostat unless the house is an icebox. Other parents just don't want to worry about paying a high heating bill because their kids refuse to dress warmly. This dad seems to be a combination of the two and does not want anyone fiddling with his carefully calibrated system.
All the kids in this household better be ready to pull on some long underwear and put on a wool cap if they are going to survive this winter because the thermostat is not moving.
Don't Feel Like Doing Chores? No Problem... And No Wi-Fi
The internet is something everyone has come to rely on, and for many kids, their parents have yet to get them data plans for their tablets and smartphones. That means if the Wi-fi is turned off, some kids will be seriously unhappy. Millennials remember what it was like not to have the internet, but kids today sure don't. One mom was really tired of her kids not doing chores and decided to have a teachable moment with her family.
If the kids want the day's Wi-fi password, then they better make their beds, vacuum the downstairs, and walk the dog first. Only then can they access the joy that is the internet.
Lesson Learned: Most of the Buttons Are Useless
Doing laundry is a part of life for basically everyone. Washing machines can be pretty complicated, though, and sometimes kids get a little too excited by pushing all of the buttons on a washing machine. There is something so satisfying about hearing a 'beep' or a 'ding' and seeing something light up on the console. This parent decided enough was enough, and if their kids were going to do laundry, they would do it right.
Only two things need to happen here. The first is closing the door to avoid soap getting everywhere and the laundry room turning into a slip and slide. The second is simply pressing the start button. No other controls are needed here - hence all of the sticky notes that read "NO."
That's What She Said And Other Sassy Jokes From Mom And Dad
Some notes don't make sense, but these parents knew just how to play this one right. Their kid must have given them a paper to edit and forgot to 'insert' a title, and mom and dad could not help but have a little bit of fun with it. Or maybe what we're seeing is a Hallmark card that was supposed to carry some money or a gift card inside, which is why it says 'insert here.'
The whole 'insert here' phrase had dad cracking up, and the note that he and mom left on the paper probably made their teen groan. It is a pretty immature response, but we totally understand that it was an opportunity for 'That's what she said' that was too good to pass up.
Chores Are A Photoshop Free-Zone Or Else Mom Will Know
We have all had to do chores growing up, and we did not want to do them a lot of the time. Making a bed first thing in the morning or putting away clean laundry just seems like a total drag. Cleaning a kitchen from top to bottom is even worse. However, this mom knew just how to incentivize her kids to do their chores. If they want internet, they will have to do their duty.
One of the kids must be pretty crafty when it comes to photoshopping photos, though, because it sounds like that was a trick used in the past. Any day now, this mom will ask her kids to take a picture of the kitchen with today's newspaper in it.
The Most Honest Of Book Reviews For Game Of Thrones
We're not sure if this book is on a high school reading list or not, but this parent decided to let their kid know exactly what the plot was about. If you've ever watched "Game of Thrones" or read the books, then you know this is a fairly accurate summary. "Lots of people die. Some people don't die" sounds about right. If anything, though, this note will probably just pique their teen's interest even more.
What teen doesn't want to read about glorious fantasy battles with dragons? Now the teen has to know what characters perish in pursuit of conquering Westeros. For those in the know, this is one wild ride.
A 'Do It Yourself' Mom Meme For Dirty Dishes
Just because moms tend to be the ones to enforce house rules doesn't mean that they can't have good senses of humor. Dishes aren't going to do themselves, and for the mom that has spent hours making meals, it is totally fair that kids should be expected to pitch in and do the washing up. Obviously, these kids in this household forgot that memo, or perhaps it was lost in translation.
Mom has made it pretty easy to remember to do the dishes with this meme brought to life, and she even included a handy scrub brush to get the job done.
Dirty Laundry Belongs In The Laundry Hamper, Not On The Floor
Moms have a sixth sense when it comes to their children getting up to no good. Even when it appears they are not watching, they are. It is almost like they have eyes in the back of their heads. The only reasonable explanation for this mom is that she has a hidden camera aimed at the laundry hamper, which is how she knows someone is leaving clothes on the bathroom floor.
Putting dirty clothes in a hamper can be hard, right? Not really, if you think about it. All you need to do is pick up your dirty clothes and stick them in the hamper for the laundry fairy to do.
But There Is Nothing To Eat Mom And Dad!
There are a couple of phrases that kids love to say over and over again. One is, "Are we there yet?" and another is, "There is nothing to eat in the fridge!." A lot of parents get tired of hearing these over and over again, and one parent decided to address it head-on with this note. There is definitely food to eat if you look hard enough and if not, there is also the family cat.
We would suggest not touching the cat and just checking out whatever meals mom left behind in the downstairs fridge. Seriously, option number 1 sounds pretty traumatic, mom and dad.
Beware Of What Is Hiding Behind The Bathroom Door
Pigeons are the vermin of the sky. They are always hanging around looking for things to snack on, and if a window is left open, more often than not, they will find their way inside whatever room is on the other side. Someone must have left the bathroom window open in this house because a nice big black pigeon greeted dad when he groggily stepped inside to brush their teeth.
Instead of trying to remove the pigeon, dad decided to let it be a fun surprise for all of his family when they woke up. After all, if he had to face that, then they all do.
Mom Knows Best When It Comes To Junk Food
Growing up comes with a lot of growing pains. Kids need to learn how to navigate social relationships, standards of beauty, social media, and everything in between. For a lot of teens, weight gain is a part of puberty and it can be really hard to learn how to eat right. Mom decided to weigh in on some of the less healthy food choices her teen was making, by simply eating them herself.
This teen must have been a tad upset, but learning to eat healthily and eliminating processed foods never hurt anyone. Now, mom just needs to stick to it with her kid.
Lint Traps Do Actually Exist For A Specific Reason
For most parents, simply getting their kids to do the laundry is a win. Having their kids actually understand why certain processes are in place for using a washing machine, and a dryer is a whole other thing. Most adults know that the lint trap in a dryer has to be emptied. If it's not, what is listed on this note can happen very easily. Nobody wants their trying to turn into a ball of flame!
This is a public service announcement for anyone regularly using a dryer: Always remove the lint after each load of laundry. Otherwise, things will catch on fire, eventually. You're welcome.
Meatloaf Is Flush With All Of That Dinner Money
In this day and age, moving out of your parent's home takes some serious cash. Apartments are definitely not as cheap as they were four decades ago, and that is why a lot of adults still live at home. Christopher seems to still be living at home, and his dad always makes sure that he has some dinner ready for him which is very sweet. However, even dads need to go out and have some fun.
We really don't blame him. And luckily, dear Mister Meatloaf here has some cash and doesn't mind splitting a piping hot pizza and beer with his older brother, does he?
If It Is Not An Emergency Do Not Come Knocking
A lot of kids are used to their parents waking up before them and putting breakfast on the table. Looking after kids is a big responsibility, but when they get old enough mom and dad can be a bit more hands-off, like these parents. Mom and dad need to sleep in after working all week, and there is no way they are going to let their kids bother them before 10:00 AM.
Liam and Alexi better have respected this. Otherwise, they might be in for a time out! We hope mom and dad got some rest and relaxation. Clearly, they desperately needed it.
Getting Ungrounded Just Got A Whole Lot More Complicated
Even the best of kids make mistakes, and getting grounded is a pretty standard punishment. Ultimately, parents just want their kids to be safe, and a grounding usually results when a kid has done something unsafe. We're not sure what Cassidy did, but it must have been pretty bad to need to accumulate 500 points in order to be ungrounded. This is a pretty ingenious idea on the parents' part, though.
Being able to measure how much longer you have in your grounding makes it a lot easier to make it end more quickly and get back to having fun. We wish our parents gave us this.
Always Delete That Browser History To Avoid A Weird Conversation
Teenage boys will be teenage boys and one of the things most of them love to do is lurk around the internet and search for weird things. One thing most people learn to do is clear their search history. You never know when someone is going to look at it and see all of the strange things you have Googled, like "How tall is Santa Claus?" This teen had yet to learn that lesson, which gave dad the chance to share some words of wisdom.
Parents sometimes grab whatever laptop or tablet is at hand for a quick search, and obviously, this dad wanted to do a bit of sleuthing to see why his son was spending hours online.
Apparently Not All Sockets Are Meant To Be Shared
Dads can be pretty particular when it comes to how their houses are arranged. For example, the sockets in this room are only for three very specific pieces of technology. If any of these items are unplugged some serious things will happen, like the fish potentially crossing over the rainbow bridge. If we had to guess, it would appear that there might have been some socket surprises in the past.
The lesson from this note is that no matter what you do, you never unplug any of these or dad is going to come for you in your sleep! Yes, really.
Mother's Little Helper Is A Delicious Bottle Of This Fiery Liquid
Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while, and it doesn't say anywhere that needs to be a literal hand. In fact, sometimes, the little helper moms need is a good old-fashioned bottle of Fireball whiskey. It is pretty convenient that this mom's son had a bottle of the cinnamon-flavored liquid on hand, although the hangover after drinking that bottle must have been on par with the "Hangover" franchise's stars.
We would love to hear what this sermon was about. It must have been full of fire and brimstone, with a side of the last supper, if mom's pregame is any indication.
Sometimes Even Parents Need To Call Their Kids Out In Public
Nobody is perfect, and that certainly goes for children. There are days where being a parent is harder than others, and it is definitely the days where a kid is being a 'turd.' When kids start to throw tantrums or have sit down strikes, a parent just knows that it is going to be a long day and getting the kid to school is going to be a huge struggle.
Anna must have done something really bad if her dad decided to call her out like this to her teacher. Her teacher might have even agreed with his assessment of Anna that day.
If A Fish Could Talk It Would Have A Lot To Say
Being a housepet means being at the mercy of your owners. For cats, dogs, and even fish, feeding time is entirely dependent on when the owner remembers to pour out some kibble of fish flakes. Kids always want pets, but the job of actually caring for them often falls to mom and dad, who remember that they need to be bathed, fed, and kept safe. Little Tiffany wants the world to know that she can do a good job, too.
It's great that this beta fish was fed, but the lack of air from having books placed on top of the fishbowl might also lead to a trip into the toilet bowl.
A Very Specific Set Of Skills Can Help With Disconnecting
There are certain movies that come out and have real staying power. The film "Taken" with Liam Neeson is one of them. He has a very specific set of skills that he can use to do just about anything, and this Mom has decided to take a page out of his playbook. The house will be cleaned one way or another, and if it isn't, everyone will be disconnected from the Wi-fi.
This is a note that kids might want to follow because if they don't, they might just need to resort to reading actual books. Could you imagine that? Us, either.
Do Not Try And Put Gasoline In This Vehicle
New drivers tend to be less aware of a vehicle's needs than more experienced drivers. It takes years of experience for someone to learn the ins and outs of a vehicle, but there is one thing all drivers must remember, and that is the type of fuel that should go into the tank. Some trucks take premium gas, while others take diesel. The two cannot be mixed under any circumstances.
Judging by this note, we have to think that Sarah might have made a fueling error in the past, and dad will not let that happen again. Love you, Diesel.
City Life Is Too Easy, It Is Time To Go Wild
Anyone that has grown up in an urban center knows that it is very different compared to rural places. Instead of learning to live off of the land, food is always nicely packaged and ready to be eaten. Nobody needs to hunt for meat, all you need to do is walk into a grocery store and pick out the exact type and cut that you want. In other words, life is pretty easy.
After watching their kid live a cushy city life, this parent decided it was time to live on the edge. And the ultimate test is taking the straw out of the juice box, of course.
Finish The Container Or Do Not Touch It At All
We don't know why some people do this, but for whatever reason, there is a select group of people that enjoys leaving a thimbleful of milk and putting the carton in the fridge or leaving a few berries behind. These people belong in a special place. Are they just too lazy to wash the container out, and that is why they leave a bit of food behind? We would love to know the answer.
This kid needs to learn quickly that this kind of behavior won't exactly win them any friends, and mom certainly won't be impressed. And neither are the three lonely blueberries left behind.