At 7, you’re still very much a kid, but you start thinking you’re an adult. After all, there are now TWO whole classes of kids behind you at school. And you’re no baby anymore, even though your parents might treat you like one.
7-year-olds have the unique ability to think they know just about everything and yet are also somehow still willing to ask 10,000 questions a minute.
It’s an age where your brain absorbs everything – you start to see just how big and complicated the world is, and you start processing it in creative ways.
All of this makes kids at this age very quotable and the subject of many a funny story from parents trying to deal with their precociousness, pickiness, need for and yet unwillingness to JUST GO TO BED, etc.
If you do have a 7-year-old, you’ll recognize many of the moments ahead. And if you don’t – well, welcome to the world of 7, as told by parents on Twitter.
And sometimes it does…at least when it comes to your own face.
2. Getting a dog
Animals are awesome and adorable and at 7, you can’t possibly conceive of how much work (and poop) they entail – so you’re willing to use a lot of creative logic to convince your parents to get you one.
But at 7, the magic of 3D allows you to see peanut butter as a shape.
Never lose that ability!
And anyone or anything flying south is clearly headed for Disneyland, right?
5. Sweet dreams
Despite needing more sleep than adults, 7-year-olds sure aren’t willing to go to bed without some drama – even if that drama is existential.
To be fair, it’s a lot easier to sleep if you know humanity is still going to be there when you wake up.
Alas, that word does not mean what this kid thinks it means.
To some of us, they never stop being hilarious.
So prepare to explain your facial expressions – or else become a better actor.
9. Deep thoughts
But they do make you do some harder thinking about why things are the way they are.
10. What, like it’s hard?
Of course, don’t expect them to think your job sounds all that hard.
If you’re lucky, they’ll have realistic or even fabulously practical expectations from the start, like this lucky parent.
12. Every day is the best
For someone who’s 7, each day is a brand new day to talk and play and talk some more.
So, wake up mom and dad!
We know generally what we mean when we say them, but a 7-year-old can really point out the absurd – which is part of the reason they’re so great to have around.
And you really can’t blame them.
But those relationships tend not to last very long – though the “breakups” tend to be amicable.
Actually, the rest of us could learn a lot from this kid’s “breakup.”
16. He did it first
Or a lick for a lick.
17. Never a dull moment
Technically you can, it’s just that you have to leave a plate of snacks to keep them occupied or else they will hunt you down like a dog.
18. I can’t find it
And that’s not because items are truly “lost” – it’s just because they didn’t lift a finger to actually search for them.
19. Never ready
They’re almost never ready.
And if they say they are, you need to be very suspicious.
20. Brutal honesty
Prepare to learn you’re not as great as you think you are.
They still generally want to please their parents, and if they know something works, they will stick with it. Hard.
That is until they just randomly decide not to like something anymore.
Then you are SO screwed since it’s basically in your job description as a parent to feed them.
23. Can we just not?
But it’s best to learn early that you can’t just cancel a day, no matter how much you try. And we’ve all tried.
24. Sicks burns
Then again, adults should have a thick enough skin to not let it bother them.
And don’t expect them to know when and where to ask for them and when to hold back their requests.
While playing Minecraft, of course.
27. Star Wars references
But if your stomach sounds like Chewbacca, you really need to do something about that.
Try snacks – then everyone will be happy!
28. You have a point
Yeah, that’s normal.
And if you ever find some $27 diamonds, let us know!
30. The truth hurts
They might not be nice, but they just might be true.
31. Testing boundaries
They can test the boundaries in safer ways.
32. Pants are optional
Or wake up from your dream.
33. Mommy Mode
It’s probably fair to let 7-year-olds associate exhaustion with motherhood though.
34. I can do it!
And when they do, they’ll think they’re even more unstoppable than they did before.
35. Arguing tactics
You can’t use a 7-year-old’s tactics against them, but they might be applicable to other areas of life.
36. What counts as nutrition
They’re not really old enough to be reasoned with when you try to explain that the fruit really isn’t natural.
37. When things get serious
A 7-year-old’s definition of serious helps us put it all in perspective.
38. Getting dressed
It’s honestly not so different than the rest of us.
39. Bath time
It’s basically swim time in a smaller setting.
40. Fixing the world
But really, what can’t be solved with a good volcano?