10-Year-Old Drives Parents' Car Into Ditch & His Response to Cops Is Brilliant

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steering wheel carWhen our kids do something "wrong," we give them guidance on how and why, in straightforward terms, to knock it off. Kindly, of course. At least that's my style. Sometimes their not-so-great actions scare us because they may be putting themselves in danger or attempting to eat an entire cookie jar full of chocolate chips right before bedtime. Which is dangerous for other reasons. One 10-year-old boy, however, did something that should terrify us -- he stole his parents' car and even took his 18-month-old little sister along for the ride.

But his reasoning and excuse make me love him -- I even want to give him a high-five. Even though he crashed the car into a snowy ditch. Even though he lied to the police. It was the best lie ever.

The unnamed Norwegian boy lives in Dokka, which is outside of Oslo. The other morning, around 6 a.m., he grabbed his little 18-month-old sister and decided it was time to go to their grandparents' house who live about 37 miles away. The parents were still asleep. The kid drove a good six miles before veering off the road into a ditch. Everyone's okay; no worries there. A snowplow driver saw the car and alerted police. When the cops arrived at the vehicle, the boy told them he was a dwarf and he forgot his driver's license.

Now you see why I cannot be mad at this kid? He's a spitfire! He has spunk! He has ingenuity! He has all the things we want our kids to possess! Skills they need when they are adults.

In the meantime, the parents woke up and panicked. Kids are gone. Car is missing. What in the world! The adventurous boy was not charged as an adult despite trying to pass as one. The parents are said to be paying more attention to where their keys are.

This kid takes initiative to get what he wants. At 10! We should be mad at him, but how can we be because he even crafted a tale to try to get away with it. *Insert high-pitched 10-year-old voice* Yeah, officer. It's okay I'm driving. I just forgot my driver's license. I'm a dwarf, you see? Brilliant. It's like when my kid who is 4 tells a "lie" and says to grandma that mom said it was okay to put on her lipstick and eat another bowl of ice cream at an hour past bedtime. Sort of. Kids get creative -- this 10-year-old sure did.

Sure it was dangerous ... but everything turned out fine and he has an adventure and a story he will tell until he's in his 90s. Hopefully he never loses that spunk -- that will, that drive.

Do you ever not get mad at your kids for something they did "wrong" because it was just too funny or nutty?


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Sarah... SarahHall58

That is funny. Glad everyone is ok. It could have been bad but for him to say that. Ha.

arlis... arliss123

That's pretty funny. My kid would still get in major trouble, but I'd laugh about it behind closed doors.

Nelli... NellieKane

I guess I'm failing to see the humor. It isn't cute when a preteen boy steals a car, drags his toddler sister with him, and then lies to the police. 10 is old enough for that entire situation to warrant a more serious attitude. His 'fib' sounded like something a five year-old would say.

fave82 fave82

I don't think it's cute or funny at all. Sounds cocky and bratty. Especially since someone could really have been hurt. i agree with the above poster who said 10 is old enough to know better.

Jacee... Jacee2348

Yeah, fail to see any humor here whatsoever.  My kid would be without privelege for a long time to come and my sleep habits would suffer greatly for fear of what that 10 year old would try next. 

the4m... the4mutts

Funny is when my 4yr old kid comes in with chocolate on his face, and claims its lipstick that his sisters put on him. Or when my daughter claimed she must have been sleepwalking when she got up at 2am to play princess dressup, then walked like a zombie back to her bed and pretended to snore.

Stealing a car, lying to cops, and endangering his baby sister is NOT funny.

nonmember avatar Vriska

I would be beyond furious and my son would be in major trouble.

That being said, my husband and I would still laugh our butts off, we just wouldn't let the kids know.

DandS... DandSGrandma

Funny?????  NO!  He endangered his life, his little sister's, and anyone else who happened to be on the road! Then he tried to lie to the police!  How long do you think he would lose his license (if he had one!) if he had done this as an adult driver?  That kid needs help - and an attitude adjustment!


missy... missybest

The author thinks what the kids said was so "cute" she couldn't be mad at him?  Are you kidding me?  He could have killed himself and his baby sister.  Cute wouldn't cut it at my house.  His response isn't cute, nor is the fact that he lied "cute".  This kid may very well be headed for trouble.  If he was my kid he would never hear the end of it.  Not cute!  Not funny! 

Gwend... Gwendlite

Not funny. I'm pissed at that boy, what an absurd lie. He's not creative, he's a liar.

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