7 Brutally Honest Things Kids Say That Put Mom in Her Place

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We could all probably fill countless notebooks with the cute and funny things that come out of our kids' mouths, but have you ever had those moments when your child said something that absolutely stopped you in your tracks?

And I don't mean because it was embarrassing or downright shocking, but because it gave you an "a-ha" moment of sorts.

You know, like it made you realize just how much of an influence you have on your child's life and that she's listening to your every word and following the example you set -- even if you always figured she was totally aloof.

A few moms were brave enough to share their wake-up call moments with us. And it's pretty safe to say that each and every one of us can relate to something on this list in one way or another.

  1. The other night my son was complaining about a bug bite on his forehead. He was afraid the kids at school would make fun of him for it. I told him it would be fine and not to worry about it. That's when he looked at me and said, "But Mom, you worry about your body all the time and your weight is just fine." He totally schooled me. And I deserved it.
  2. My little girl pushed her French fries away. When I asked her what was wrong, she said, "I don't want to wind up as big as you." OMG.
  3. My daughter was looking in the mirror saying, "Look at my fat butt." She's 5. I make it a point to not make any negative body comments anymore, not just in front of her but in general. She looks up to me and thinks I'm beautiful, so I'll take her word for it! 
  4. Our family has been under a lot of stress. I was in "getting things done" mode at the grocery store with three of my six sons. My 5-year-old looked at me and quietly said, "Mommy, do you know how to smile? I forget what your smile looks like. Can you show me?" (I need to remember to smile ...)
  5. My daughter asked me why I didn't think I was beautiful, when everyone says she looks just like me. She then said, "You always tell me how beautiful I am."
  6. When my son was 5, I came in from outside and he said, "I can't wait to grow up so I can smoke too." At the time everyone he knew was a smoker, so I think he just assumed it's something you did when you grow up. I quit that day.
  7. My 3-year-old daughter asked me, "Why does Daddy make you sad?" That was a wake-up call for us. He needed help with his anger and communication and he is getting better.

Has your kid ever given you an a-ha moment?


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nonmember avatar Mommadeeder

The other day, I was working with my 4 year old son on sight words. The word "fat" came up. He read it and then said "fat, just like you mommy"!

nonmember avatar Emmie

It makes me sad to hear about young children worrying about their bodies and just as sad to know so many women feel the same. When you say nice things about yourself, they will learn to do the same!

sassy... sassykat122

Children have no filter in their thoughts, feelings, or words. Its amazing how clearly they see the world and help us to realize it too

nonmember avatar Katie P

After my daughter was born, I became a workout fiend! One day my stepdaughter wanted to read with me and I told her I would after my workout. She looked at me and goes "But you just had a baby! You don't have to lose it all today! I think you look great!"

00NoW... 00NoWay00

When my kids were really little I didn't have much spending money. I was able to pay the bills and put food on the table, but that was about it. It really hit home when my oldest son, he was 4 or 5 at the time, said something about going out to play mini golf and his younger brother said "We don't have enough money" ... it made me kind of sad, but unfortunately he was right.

Ashley Crouse

Children have a clarity that adults just don't have. They abosrb so much, even when we don't think they are paying any attention.

Pat Coffey Watters

those are some chubby little thighs you got there.  I joined wieght watchers, for my health!

angel... angelofsaturn

My 3 yr old looked at me one day and said "mommy you need to smile. Grandma said you're mean cause you don't smile".

Well thanks for that mom -_-

But i have been making an effort to be happier for my kid.

Melan... Melanie_berries

I had come inside from having a cigarette, years ago. My son, who was maybe 5 at that time, said to me " Momma, I don't want you to smoke no more. I don't want you to die". Broke my heart, but he was right...partly in thanks to those dang commercials:-(

Kyler... KylersMommy416

My oldest said something similar about smoking, he asked me when he will be old enough to smoke. I quit within 2 days of that and my husband followed shortly.

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