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Ellen Seidman is a magazine editor, web content developer and award-winning writer. She blogs at 1000 Perplexing Things About Parenthood for Babble, as well as at Love That Max. Ellen lives in the New York area with her husband, two kids and assorted dustballs.

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The Weird Stuff We Love About Our Kids

By Ellen Seidman |

My daughter, Sabrina, has stinky feet. The smell is like sour popcorn and so potent that it lingers long after she’s left a room. When I get home from work and her sneakers are lying by the door, I am greeted with a whiff of stinky feet.

I love it.

To me, Sabrina’s smelly feet are uniquely her, like her crooked front two teeth and the way she says “Do you renember?” instead of “remember.” Odor-control spray helps (I am fully aware others won’t find the smell charming) but by the evening, her feet stink once again. We have this little ritual: When she comes in from playing and asks me to pull off her sneakers I’ll scrunch up my nose and exclaim, “Wow! You have some stinky feet!” and she’ll laugh and says “I know!” They are the scent of tomboy-girl and childhood. Her brother’s feet have no noticeable scent. Hers are Eau de Sabrina.

I have been known, as I’ve picked up sneakers she’s flung onto the living room floor, to inhale.

When you have kids, you devour them with all of your senses: your sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch. You ‘re mesmerized by the ways their bodies and brains work. You revel in their quirks, foul feet and all. Check out the admittedly odd things these moms adore about their kids, then share: What strange stuff do you love about your little darlings?

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Weird Stuff Moms Love About Their Kids

I love my kid's boogers

“My youngest has a constant stuffy nose, like every single day of every single year. I'm a tad embarrassed to admit this, but picking his nose is way too much fun for me. I dread the day when he discovers that he is able to wipe or pick his own. Gross, I know, but true.”
— Jill Smokler, Scary Mommy


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14 thoughts on “The Weird Stuff We Love About Our Kids

  1. Kerry says:

    Holy cow – I love my kids stinky feet, too! I have two boys, 5 and 2 and I have to smell their feet everynight and tell them they are smelly just like I like ‘em! I love seeing their toes peek out from their pj’s – melts my heart!

  2. Samira says:

    I love how my daughter whines when she wants something even if she knows the word its irritating when you have too much to do or if you can’t quite understand what it is she wants, but if you know its cute and I love it she points and does this fake cry like waaaaahhh and if you dont get it to her right away she’ll ahh ahh ahhhhh wahhh and then if you still don’t get it gets worse into an all out shrieking which isn’t so cute so usually I try not to let it get that far and just giggle and give her what she is wanting unless of course she isn’t supposed to have it most of the time though its over PBJ lol which makes it even funnier because I have to make it first and she get so impatient I don’t want to sound like I’m being mean and teasing her by making it slowly because I don’t do that I make it as fast as I can she is just really impatient she loves PBJ

  3. allison combs says:

    My daughter is 6, and slowly the cute baby way she pronounced words has corrected itself, although her last mispronounced word is “aminal” instead of “animal.” I just can’t force myself to correct her, although her friends have begun to. They will say “oh you mean animal?” and she’ll respond to them “yeah that’s what I said aminal.” It makes me giggle and smile.

  4. Ellen Seidman says:

    Oh, I never correct Sabrina when she says “renember.” I am dreading the day when she stops doing that. She also still says “froat” instead of “throat.” I figure they’ll be gone by the time she has to do a college interview. :) OK, Samira, I have to say whining is not up there on my personal list of loves but that’s good you can like it. The whining makes me want to run screaming from the room! I’ve taken to whining back at her and then she laughs and it breaks the spell.

  5. dderbydave says:

    Wife’s a nose picker – for our two youngest, not herself. They are both prolific and very loud at passing wind – especially sitting on floorboards as they’ve found this amplifies the sound!

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  7. Erin says:

    Aaaaaagh another ear rubber! Let me tell you, we are a secret society. I have blogged about my son’s habit of rubbing/mauling my ears to soothe himself, and hardly a day goes by when a google search doesn’t lead yet another ear rubbing victim to my site. Who knew?!?!

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  9. Chris says:

    I love how my youngest son, who is 3, calls our dog Lolly instead of Molly. He has given our other dog the nickname Wishie Wishie Bone (dog’s name was actually Wishbone but now Wishie). He also says “my” instead of “I” anytime he talks about himself. I started to correct him, but he will stop doing it one day and I love it. His blanket’s name is Taggy; he rubs the tag on his eye when he’s going to sleep. He hates tags in his clothes but loves the tag on his blanket :)

  10. jessica says:

    I love that my 4 year old daughter is scared to death of Santa clause. She loves the Grinch but around Christmas anytime she would see Santa in person or on tv she would scream and hide behind me. The best part is her beloved grandpa could pass as Santa with the full white beard and all.

  11. amanda says:

    My 6 year old is the most adorable, sun-shiney person I have ever met. Basically everything she does is amazing and wonderful to me, but I especially love her mispronunciations. Cupcake is “pupcake” and waffles are “roffles”. My 9 year old is heading into the sullen, whiny pre-teen years and I’m beginning to understand why wild animals eat their young. But every once in awhile, her true nature shows and I realize she’s exactly like me. Same taste in clothes, same love of animals, same geekiness. My almost 13 year old is severely disabled, but she’s got her own quirks which I love. Especially when she thinks you don’t notice, like occasionally rolling her eyes at me exactly like a teenager even tho she’s not *supposed* to have the cognitive ability to understand me.

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