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Parenting fails of the month: our favourite October mishaps

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

Illustration: Young Yu
No parent is perfect. In fact, sometimes parents fail pretty hard at the whole parenting thing. That's why we've decided to embrace it! So many mums and dads have shared their parenting fail stories over the years. Here are our favourites this month.

‘I thought it’d be a good idea for our kindergartener to help with sweeping, but then she bit into a really old, half-eaten candy bar she found under the couch.’ – Eddie, Hongkou

‘Our kids splashed around in a dog’s water bowl for a solid five minutes before we noticed.’ – Jack, Putuo

‘After sitting in traffic for a bit on a silent Didi ride recently, our five-year-old piped up with “Dammit, let’s go!”’ – Zihan, Jingan

‘My primary school-aged child lost his first tooth and I didn’t even notice the gap in the front of his mouth until my husband pointed it out.’ – Jackie, Pudong

‘I asked my son why my pillow was wet, and he told me “That’s where I’m keeping my spit.”’ – Candy, Xuhui

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