The Best and Worst Habits You Pick Up from Your Kids

May 26, 2017

The good, the bad and the hilarious: these are the worst habits you never meant to develop



Everyone turns into her mother, the saying goes, but maybe it's actually the other way around. It's not too far-fetched to say that as parents, it's your job to ensure your best habits rub off on your kids. You teach them good manners, to be on their best behavior when the babysitter comes by, how to behave properly (in public) and how to interact with other human beings (giving the illusion of normalcy).

Yet it seems that more often than not, for every great habit your kids pick up from you -- like clearing the table after a meal -- you pick one of their worst habits. And you don't even realize you're doing it.

We asked some of the funniest mom bloggers we know how they've devolved over time.

Here are just some of the good, the flat-out weird and worst habits parents pick up from their kids (whether they want to or not). What would you add:

  1. Automatically Calling Someone A "Poopy-Head" Under Your Breath
    Because let's face it, they are.
  2. Using Sound Effects
    Like saying "boop!" when you press an elevator button or "whooooosh!" when you open a door. They just make the mundane so much more fun.
  3. Announcing to the Room Exactly Where You're Going
    What's with the need to share our digestive habits? The only thing worse than calling it "The Little Girls' Room" is announcing 'I have to go to the potty' to a room full of grown-ups. "I never called it a potty before I had kids -- and now I can't seem to remember to call it anything else," says Suzanne Fleet. The kids need us to know where they are at all times -- why did this rub off?
  4. Having an Open Door Policy
    The bathroom door never closes. Even when you're in there.
  5. Continuing Conversations from the Toilet
    Forget the fact that we openly talk about bowel movements with strangers. But we also have entire conversations while sitting on the toilet. It's just easier. (See Open Door Policy.)
  6. Speaking in Text
    So many words. So little time ... to type them. "For me the worst are the texting habits. I accidentally typed "KK" to a client last week. Now he thinks I'm 12," says Cassandra Delusion.
  7. Being Overly Enthusiastic
    "My son used to say 'super really' to describe things. So ice cream was 'super really good' and it was 'super really hot' outside. I loved the enthusiasm captured in that phrase and I started using it. It started out as something I said at home or to the kids. But I have found myself talking to actual adults and using the phrase. 'This soccer practice feels super really long, doesn't it?' or 'Bedtime is going to be super really early tonight!'" says Allison Hart.
  8. Leaving Cabinet Doors Open
    And never closing drawers in your snack-seeking wake.
  9. Interrupting Someone Else's Phone Call
    Especially if you repeat their name over and over to get their attention. Wondering what manners your child really needs? Read 27 Essential Manners for Kids to Learn.
  10. Noticing Those Who Need Help More Often
    As well as being generous to them without question. "My youngest will give her last penny to help others," says Charlotte McMullen.
  11. Procrastinating
    While you might put your shoes on without 2000 requests, getting to the gym takes 5 reminders and a call from the establishment.
  12. Never, Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever Making Your Bed
    Never, ever, ever, ever.
  13. Forgetting Other People Don't Enjoy Consuming Your Backwash
    "Drinking straight out of the juice container," says Jennifer Weedon Palazzo. You're all going to catch that cold, anyway. Might as well get it over with.
  14. Assuming Everyone Around You Is Interested in Your Day
    Hello, Facebook.
  15. Shouting "I'm Not Tired"
    Like, when your mom says you look tired and you should get some rest. Sound familiar?
  16. Saying, "Mmmmmm" When You Eat Something Delicious
    This includes ice cream or anything in a restaurant that you didn't have to cook.
  17. Answering Questions With a Performance
    "I sing 'Everything Is Awesome' from The Lego Movie to random strangers who ask me how things are going, or even say the word 'awesome,'" says Jen Kehl.
  18. Wearing the Same Outfit Over and Over Again
    No matter how many other options are in your closet, yesterday's sweater is always better.
  19. Telling, Not Asking, People to "Smell This"
    How else will they know when something smells awful?
  20. Speaking Toddler-ese
    "I use my kids' former baby talk words in place of real words. My son said 'too-too' for thank you. Around here, my husband and I regularly say 'too-too' to one another. Worse, my nieces called my husband Toto and that nickname has stuck around. So I am constantly saying, 'Too-too, Toto!'" says Hart.
  21. Narrating What You're Doing, as You're Doing It
    Usually accompanied by a sing-songy voice in public.
  22. Sharing Everything, Always
    Hugs, germs, giggles, opinions. Nothing is off limits.

And while kids have also helped us to slow down, look at the crack in the sidewalk for five minutes and absorb the world around us differently, in the end, we'd take any and all of these terrible/adorable habits because our kids made them for us. What traits have you learned from your kids?

Kim Bongiorno is an author, freelance writer and the award-winning blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying and lives in New Jersey with her handsome husband and two charmingly loud kids, who she pretends to listen to while playing on Facebook and Twitter. If she were less tired, she'd totally add something really clever to her bio so you'd never forget this moment.

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