How was Stonehenge built?
Is there extraterrestrial life?
Has nobody ever told Donald Trump he needs a better haircut?
And yet, the everyday head-scratchers that crop up once you become a parent can be every bit as perplexing as these biggies (and some days, even more so). Ever asked yourself any of these questions?
I don’t have the answers, but I can totally relate.
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Just what exactly is the allure of Thomas the Tank? 1 of 18Yeah, he's a train and kids love them some trains. Still, he and his pals have zero personality and the storylines are a yawn. Thomas becomes a transvestite: Now that would be awesome.
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Is it possible to go insane from being forced to play peek-a-boo too many times? 2 of 18
Why isn’t mac ‘n cheese a food group? 3 of 18It's mysteriously missing from the food pyramid. Alert the authorities!
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How come kids mistake moms for human tissues? 4 of 18News flash: My sleeve is part of my clothing; it is not your snot rag.
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Why don’t kids appreciate how creative you can be? 5 of 18You: "Look! This duck got into a fight and he had to get stitches!"
You: "Come on, that's so cool!"
Kids: "Where do bananas come from, Mommy?"
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Whatever happened to that body part formerly known as my abs? 6 of 18
Is my kid someday gonna realize I’m not completely sure of what I’m doing? 7 of 18Perhaps, but hopefully she'll be 37 at that point. Until then I'll just keep right on repeating, "Because I'm the mom and I said so!"
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How is it possible the other moms can’t tell I HAVE THE CUTEST BABY IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD? 8 of 18
Is it so bad to let your child skip bathtime (again) because you’re exhausted? 9 of 18A diaper-wipes cleanup is even more sanitary than sitting around in icky bath water, the Surgeon General has determined. (In my dreams.)
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Is Sophie the Giraffe secretly flavored with crack? 10 of 18I've never actually licked her myself, but I'm gonna try and see if I get high.
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Why hasn’t anybody yet invented a self-cleaning playroom? 11 of 18Come on, IKEA!
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Is it OK to still desperately want the birthday cake slice with a flower? 12 of 18I personally think so, unless you pummel a toddler to snag it.
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Will he someday require therapy for that? 13 of 18
Just how wrong is it to sometimes wish it were just you and your cat again? 14 of 18
Where do kids get their fashion sense from? 15 of 18And wouldn't it be awesome if you didn't have to bother matching outfits?
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What sort of warped person names an ice-cream truck Mister Softee? 16 of 18Snicker, snicker.
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Why can’t the kids to leave you alone while you’re in the shower? 17 of 18OMG, I won't even condition my hair! Just let me soap up peace!
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HOW LONG UNTIL BEDTIME? 18 of 18
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