It’s the age when kids begin to sing songs from memory, tell stories, and get into more trouble than we ever thought possible. The trials of tribulations of life with a four-year-old are not for the faint of heart, but really, that’s what parenting is all about. At the end of the day, no matter how goofy the kids act, we only end up loving them more.
Monday: Loves broccoli
Tuesday: Hates broccoli. It's gross. How can you feed this to me? Oh the humanity..
My life with a 4 year old…
— CurrentlyCaprece (@MommieKnwsFresh) July 26, 2016
1. Uncomfortable Undergarments
Apparently my 4yo doesn’t “believe in underwear anymore.” Which chapter covers this in my parenting handbook?
— The 21st Century SAHM (@21stcenturysahm) October 14, 2017
2. Picky Eater
After days stranded at sea on the edge of starvation, my 4yo is rescued & given bread:
“This has seeds on it,” she scoffs, pushing it away.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) November 1, 2017
3. Poor Presentation
Hell hath no fury like a 4yo whose apple slices are on the wrong side of the plate.
— MotherPlaylist (@MotherPlaylist) September 27, 2017
4. Missing Book
4yo: Can you help me find that book with the pictures and the letters and all those colors?
Looks like my Friday night just planned itself.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) May 6, 2016
5. Toilet Difficulties
4-year-old: "Mommy, I accidentally flushed the potty over and over and the pee-pee water flowed everywhere, so I ran away."
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) March 6, 2017
6. Sticky Mess
Say, "Why are you sticky?" 53x today…
Congratulations. You now know what it's like to have a 4yo.
— Travis Bone (@FinallyHeSleeps) April 1, 2016
7. Life Jacket Fun
The 4 yr old is wandering the house in a life jacket, crying b/c it's clipped. He also cried when I unclipped it.
We don't even own a boat.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) July 18, 2017
8. Debate Topics
My 4yo was discussing what's better between Hello Kitty and My Little Pony and I actually had an informed opinion on it. This is my life.
— Doyin Richards (@daddydoinwork) July 14, 2017
9. Familial Love
4yo from the other room: I love you, Mama.
Me: Aww, I love you too!
4, angrily: No, that was my doll saying it to her mommy!
— SpacedMom (@copymama) October 30, 2017
10. Biting Brothers
Dad: *angrily* Why did you bite your brother?
4yo: I DIDN’T BITE HIM, I squeezed him with my teeth.
— TheBabyLady (@thebabylady7) December 14, 2017
11. Backward Clothes
4yo put her underwear on backward twice in a row so she cried in my arms and now we’re eating cupcakes and I think this is practice for when our cycles sync up someday.
— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles) October 4, 2017
12. But Why?
My 4 year old: " But why? But why? But why? But why? But why?…."
— CurrentlyCaprece (@MommieKnwsFresh) August 30, 2016
13. Sandy Shoes
I'm pretty sure my 4yo took the whole sand box home in her shoes.
— JEFF WILD (@jiffywild) November 18, 2017
14. Acquired Tastes
COOKBOOK: The whole family will love these delicious flavors of fall
4 Y.O: It tastes like deer poop and shark poop and every kind of poop
— Amy Dillon (@amydillon) November 7, 2016
15. Just Watching
Took the 4 year old to the playground; we stayed for 45 minutes & 1,253 "Yes, I'm watching!"s long.
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) May 10, 2017
16. Trip Planning
Best vacation destinations according to my 4-year-old:
3) McDonald's play place
2) car wash
1) sidewalk where she saw a dog that one time
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) June 20, 2016
17. Life Choices
For a kid who thinks cowboy boots and swim trunks are a good combination, my 4yo sure is meticulous about picking which pumpkin to take home
— Salty Mermaid Entertainment (@saltymermaident) October 12, 2017
18. Going To Bed
Not saying I deserve a gold medal in parenting, but it's 4:47 PM and my 4yo just yelled "FINE THEN, I'M GOING TO BED!" So you be the judge.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) August 18, 2016
19. Food Combinations
4-year-old: Did you know you can put cheese on anything?
4: *intense whisper* ANYTHING.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) April 19, 2017
20. Yes Man
4yo: You're a good dad.
4yo: You'd be better if you said yes more.
4yo: Can I have ice cream? Think about what I said.
— Mike Reynolds (@EverydayGirlDad) June 20, 2016
21. Vacation Memories
My 4yo just asked me if I was there when we went to Disney 6 weeks ago for 5 days, so I’m obviously making a huge impact in her life.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) November 7, 2017
22. Multitasking Skills
I don't wanna say my 4yo is unfocused but this am instead of brushing his teeth he took off his underpants & slingshot them into the toilet.
— Toulouse and Tonic (@toulouseNtonic) August 18, 2016
23. Understanding Sadness
My 4yo is crying because someone said his green shirt was green but no he is NOT tired so don't even think it.
— The 21st Century SAHM (@21stcenturysahm) August 28, 2017
24. Sharing Food
4yo: "Daddy, would you like one of my blueberries?"
Me: "Thank you for sharing! It's so good!"
4yo: "BAHAHAHAHA… I LICKED IT FIRST!!"
— ReasonsMySonIsCrying (@ReasonsMySonCry) June 26, 2016
25. Bathroom Snacking
Just had an argument with 4yo about whether or not she can have a snack while on the toilet, in case you were wondering what kids are like.
— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles) March 27, 2017
26. Cute Behaviors
My 4yo just snuggled close and said, " you're the best mom in the world." Awwwww
I mean, he totally burped in my face right afterward, but awwww.
— Salty Mermaid Entertainment (@saltymermaident) November 28, 2017
27. Loud Exclamations
I love my 4yo. But when she yells "mom your legs are so hairy!" in the middle of a crowded mall, I have no choice but to deny all relation.
— MotherPlaylist (@MotherPlaylist) October 10, 2017
28. Style Choices
4-year-old: I don't have anything to wear.
Me: You have an entire closet full of clothes.
4: I don't have any capes.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 8, 2017
29. Noisy Playing
Listening to a 4yo play with their little sibling is what I imagine a future dictator sounds like at that age.
— MyMomologue (@MyMomologue) March 15, 2017
30. Haircut Woes
My 4yo burst into tears because no one complimented her new haircut. Shoutout to her future husband.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) August 31, 2017
31. Belly Warmer
4-year-old: The cookies look cold. I should warm them up.
Me: You can't use the microwave.
4: I can use my belly.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) March 23, 2017
32. Self Trim
If you were wondering, when your 4 year old asks you if she can cut her hair, there's a 100% chance it's because she already did.
— Courtney (@Discourt) July 6, 2016
33. Funny Reviews
Yelp, but just my 4yo reviewing floors under restaurant tables.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) May 30, 2017
34. Picking Favorites
With classics like "I like you, but not as much as the rest of our family," I feel our 4yo would dominate the greeting card industry.
— Mike Reynolds (@EverydayGirlDad) March 24, 2016
35. Creative Insults
My 4 year old son asked me why I was putting on makeup and I said "To make me look pretty." He replied "I don't think it's working."
— Chutup (@Chutup) September 23, 2017
36. Startling Shrieks
I thought someone had opened a portal to the underworld in my kitchen but it was just my 4yo shrieking because her brother ate the last frozen waffle.
— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles) November 25, 2017
37. Early Risers
At 430am I told my 4yo it was too early to be awake and then we laughed and laughed and then he put on a show and I cried into my coffee.
— Toni Hammer (@thetonihammer) October 23, 2017
38. Patient Observation
If you ever want to see how patient you are, watch a 4 yr old try to zip up their jacket. You should be canonized for sainthood after that.
— Danielle Herzog (@martinisandmini) February 22, 2016
39. Level One-Hundred
My 4yo said “I can hug you as hard as 100,” and once she did, I realized every other level of hug I’ve gotten has been bullshit.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) November 14, 2017
40. Yes Or No
4yo: Can I get a balloon? Yes or No?
4yo: How about we try again and this time you have to pick a different answer.
— Cydni Beer (@cydbeer) August 5, 2020