You Know You Live With Children When….

posted in: Humor, Parenting 72 comments


Kid's bike

I Instagrammed this picture and captioned it – “#YouKnowYouLiveWithChildrenWhen a bike is parked in the doorway to your kitchen, and you walk around it rather than move it.”

My toddler had parked his bike rather inconveniently and after I walked around it for the umpteenth time, wondered why I didn’t just move it out of the way. It was almost like I’d tuned its presence out!

Naturally, I thought it would make for a hilarious blog post with all the instances of when you know you live with children, so I turned to my Facebook page and asked parents to share their #YouKnowYouLiveWithChildren moments. And I was not wrong. Read on and try not to spit your coffee out.


You turn on the TV long after they have gone to sleep and one of their shows is playing and you actually let it for a while before realizing you aren’t the Thomas the Train fan in the family.

~ Tonya, Letters for Lucas

1. I have experienced the agony of stepping on Lego in the dark. 2. There are short people walking around in my house wearing very odd assortments of clothing (like swimming trunks, rain boots and a Vampire cape). 3. I know the names of all the Disney Cars characters and regard them as old friends rather than fictional beings.

~ Kirsten, Running For Autism

I take baths with boats, rubber duckies and water guns.

~ Grace, Gabbing with Grace  

I don’t realize until I am in line at the grocery store that I’m wearing a sparkly, plastic fairy bracelet – after the cashier points out how nicely it matches the four fairy stickers on my shirt.

~ Tracie, From Tracie 

When you lose 1/3 of your kitchen counter space due to bottle drying racks and a medicine station.

~ Cassie, Foto Friendly Family 

LEGO. That is all. :)~

~Karyn, Kloppenmum 

There’s always a single child’s sock on the floor somewhere in my house. Often more than one. And if there is more than one, then they probably aren’t from the same pair.

~ The Koala Bear Writer

When toys are scattered everywhere. When there is a pair of the shoes that you have been looking for a while and they’re under a chair or the sofa (couch).

~ Ma Teresa Grech Racal, Multitasking Mother & Wife  

Baby gates. Blocks everywhere. Writing on the walls, and I mean literally.

 ~Katie, Your Girls and Boys 

1. When you find every corner of your living room has a bunch of poorly written As on the wall in green crayon and at first glance you’re proud of it, then realize it’s on your BLOODY WALL. IN GREEN CRAYON. 2. When you reach into the cabinet under the bathroom sink for a tampon and find a truck that plays music, has your last tampon, unwrapped, sticking out of its windows. 3. When you reach in your dresser for clean undies and find a row of baby dolls sleeping comfortably on them, tucked in and covered with them. 4. When the songs that get stuck in your head are no longer rock from the 80s, but theme songs from Thomas and Bubble Guppies instead. 5. When you find you’re singing every thing you say.

~ Vanita, After Bedtime Blog 

1. There are legos in *every* nook and cranny of floor space and furniture. 2. The entire house is never clean all at once.

~ Jessica, Close Enough

1. When your wine rack has turned into a storage shelf for your kids’ puzzles, lunch bags, markers and other assorted arts and crafts crap; and 2. When you consider the artwork that your kids bring home from school legitimate decoration for the house.

~ Christine, Love, Life, Surf 

When their bedroom and bathroom doors stayed closed all day while they are at school. Then I don’t have to look at the disaster the tornados made!! When you walk into our home and see huge piles of laundry begging to be folded. I guess A messy house in general, because they won’t do their chores on time!

~ Wanda, Recreate and Decorate

Thank you all for your so very funny (and true) #YouKnowYouLiveWithChildren moments!

What are your #YouKnowYouLiveWithChildren moments?

Link up with Memories Captured here from September 10 – 14 (linky closes at 9pm Eastern) and one lucky linker will win $50 worth of jewelry from Dawn Butler Jewelry – gorgeous, yes? Join Galit and I now! Winner will be chosen via

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

Latest posts by Alison (see all)

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • September 14, 2012 Christine

    hahaha! These are excellent and so so true. My favorite might be Vanita’s and the comment about the green crayon on the wall. Thanks for including me too!
    Christine recently wrote…5 Lessons on InjuryMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I LOVED Vanita’s. Especially the one about dolls being tucked in underwear! Thank YOU for contributing!

  • September 14, 2012 Laura

    When you go out on your own for the first time in forever and realize that your purse is stuffed with diapers, wipes, and a nursing cover, but no lipstick.

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha! I’ve been out without the kids and have found diapers and an empty pacifier holder in my handbag.

  • September 14, 2012 Robin

    Ha! Totally. Love the underwear covers for dolls.

    For me lately it’s that I have to check the toilet seat for pee before sitting down. Every single time.
    Robin recently wrote…First Day of School NervesMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh, ewwwwww!

  • September 14, 2012 Alma

    I remember this and I wish I had answered … but I was taking a mental break …before I break and go mental. So now that im back… #youknowyoulivewithchildren when the toddler you are potty training decides to take a poop in her panties while you cook dinner and you choose to keep cooking shaking your head you will be scrubbing panties before you eat…when your toddler decides to take a nap before dinner but you are too wiped so you let her and deal with consequences are afraid to look under the couch knowing you will see half eaten food with lost toys…when there is a box of unwanted toys to giveaway and gets played with and never given away… when my table centerpiece is a cup with crayons and a bowl of small pieces found that get lost again…when there is glitter all over the floor, carpet , walls…when they use up all the towels in the bathroom….i could go on…
    love your blog Alison, just wanted to say that
    Alma recently wrote…Silence speaks when words cantMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Alma, so much of that is hilarious!! Well, the pooping notsomuch 🙂
      And thank you, for loving my blog. That means SO much.

  • September 14, 2012 Bonnie Way

    Awesome! Those are so funny! 🙂 Thanks for compiling this.
    Bonnie Way recently wrote…Announcing… Baby #3My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for playing! 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Jamie

    What an adorable post =)
    Jamie recently wrote…The WINE Marketplace at the #lacountyfairMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jamie.

  • September 14, 2012 Jen Burden

    When you find the toilet paper roll completely unraveled!

    Jen 🙂
    Jen Burden recently wrote…BRAZIL: Pre-conceptsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! Yes, that’s happened in this household too. Also completely empty boxes of tissue. And tissue everywhere. 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Tracie

    This is so much fun. I love that first one – I’ve watched more accidental episodes of Good Luck Charlie at 10 pm than I care to admit.
    Tracie recently wrote…Writing In The Quiet, Dark MorningMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for playing! I too, have watched more children’s shows than I care to admit 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Barbara

    Some of these are hysterical because they are oh so true!! Love it.
    Barbara recently wrote…A day in the life…sans motsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I laughed through it all 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Maureen

    Hilarious response you got here, Alison and oh so true! For me it’s when you want to take a million pictures of a little person doing oh so mundane things hahaha.
    Maureen recently wrote…Wedding BellsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha, yes! I am so guilty of that 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Lady Jennie

    So many of these made me laugh out loud.
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Appointments in ParisMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Me too!

  • September 14, 2012 Leslie

    What a fun post! I knew I was a parent when I found I could just NEVER get the house picked up. There’s always laundry or dishes or picking up to do. It.Never.Ends.
    Leslie recently wrote…It’s Football Season!My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I know that feeling so well!

  • September 14, 2012 sarah

    I nodded my head all the way down this list. Yes, yes, yes! I too take take baths and showers without bothering to remove leftover toys! I too find princess jewelry left on my body! The single sock! The legos in the dark! The little people walking around my house in crazy get-ups! Oh, all of it. It feels good knowing we’re all in this together. Yay for that!
    sarah recently wrote…don’t you know I still have the baby?My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I know, yay!! I giggled when I pictured you with princess jewelry on you.

  • September 14, 2012 Kim

    This post had me smiling. I can relate to so many of these. The writing on the walls, the toys, the socks and laundry; children do live here.
    Kim recently wrote…14 YearsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Isn’t it wonderful, that we’re not alone? 🙂

  • September 14, 2012 Mirjam

    I had to laugh out loud at the first one! Happens to me every single day. And the LEGO!!! And Lego is really expensive, so I do not want to vacuum it, even though I really should.
    Mirjam recently wrote…Nature’s breezeMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Do you think my children will forgive me if I NEVER buy them Legos?

  • September 14, 2012 MamaCassie

    I love this! Thanks for the mention! I hope I get to wear fairy stickers and a matching fairy bracelet to the store someday 🙂 How funny!
    MamaCassie recently wrote…11 Month Update on 9/11My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks for contributing! The fairy stickers one made me laugh out loud.

  • September 14, 2012 Christine

    I’d say when you’re missing something important, like the car keys, and the first place you check is in your shoes….and they’re there!
    Christine recently wrote…3 Ways Potty Talk Has Helped My ParentingMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha that’s too funny!

  • September 15, 2012 Elaine A.

    OH my gosh, the one about the wine rack, so funny! Although mine is still stocked out of necessity! 😉
    Elaine A. recently wrote…Lunch Love & FunMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      You do what you have to, to survive 🙂

  • September 15, 2012 Jessica

    I have done the TV one more times than I care to count. Funny how we get used to the cartoon noise in the background.
    Jessica recently wrote…Essence of Now: Expanding Our BrainsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I know, right? I once watched an entire episode of Timmy Time while the toddler was doing something else.

  • September 15, 2012 ilene

    I so, so relate! stepping on Legos – turning on the TV at night and it taking a while before I realize it’s a Kids’ show —- and that I can turn it off!
    ilene recently wrote…Boot CampMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Those damn Legos!

  • September 15, 2012 susan

    lego lego lego

    The floor is always sticky somewhere and all the cereal boxes have cartoon characters on them.
    susan recently wrote…Five Minute Friday – FocusMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Seriously, Legos need to die.
      Okay, not really.
      BUT. Why are there always stray ones and why do we always have to step on them?

      • September 16, 2012 susan

        But then I remember why I own legos. Remember the blissful silence that comes with a new Lego box?
        susan recently wrote…Thankful Thoughts – Dear HubbyMy Profile

        • September 16, 2012 Alison

          Excellent point!

  • September 15, 2012 Jessica

    Love all you mamas commiserating with me on the Lego situation. Terrific post idea, Alison!

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jessica! (also rather clever since I didn’t have to write it, hah!)

  • September 15, 2012 karen

    I am so glad I put my drink down…these are all so funny because they are true. I LOVE it… and life is so much better with them.
    karen recently wrote…Focus, wedding dress, and soy ice creamMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Good thing I gave a warning, would want spilled drinks all over keyboards 🙂

  • September 15, 2012 Ginny Marie

    I can definitely relate to the unmatched socks all over the house. My girls pull off their socks as soon as they remember they are wearing them! I also seem to find little scraps of paper and kleenex all over the floor after they play…
    Ginny Marie recently wrote…Background of a Profile Pic (literally)My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, the scraps of stuff – same here!

  • September 15, 2012 Tricia

    Love all of these and have experienced most of them! Your initial inspiration caught me though – I came across a pink shopping cart holding a swaddled Elmo the other day, right in the doorway between kitchen and living room. And, like you, I left it there all day, just moving around it as if it was supposed to be there 🙂
    Tricia recently wrote…Weekly Gratitude #41 – teachersMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      See, we barely notice these things anymore 🙂

  • September 15, 2012 Carli

    LOL! There are some really good ones in there. I especially liked the first submission. So true!
    Carli recently wrote…Poppy Seed Projects: Review & Giveaway!My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      It’s happened to all of us!

  • September 15, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I think the running theme of LEGOs is HILARIOUS because boy can I relate! I missed this question which is a total bummer, since I see no one mentioned anything about naked Barbies on the kitchen counter…clearly, a void I could have filled! 😉
    thedoseofreality recently wrote…The Stars Are Just Like UsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! That’s hilarious. A picture is required.:)

  • September 16, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Love number 1 !!! x
    My Inner Chick recently wrote…730 Days, Mercy, & Creme BruleMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Because we’ve all done it!

  • September 16, 2012 Courtney Kirkland

    Oh man. I could go on and on with this one. 🙂 I do the same thing with Noah’s toys. I don’t even bother to pick them up until he goes to bed anymore. I just step over and around them until he’s asleep. Otherwise, I figure I’m just wasting time cleaning them up when they are going to end up back in the floor.
    Courtney Kirkland recently wrote…Our Week via iPhone- week 3My Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      I know! When the toddler was younger (i.e. before the baby was born), I would pick up after him all day. I knew it was pointless but I couldn’t help myself 🙂

  • September 16, 2012 Kristin

    I know I live with a child because there is evidence all around of me of someone eating all my food. Wrappers, plates, crumbs, napkins, cups….and someone keeps stealing my clothes. Seriously, not cool, girl-child. I told you to stop growing up!
    Kristin recently wrote…5 Tips for Mud RunsMy Profile

    • September 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha, too cute!

  • September 17, 2012 Natalie

    All of these are so true! My addition: When you walk to a different bathroom rather than move the potty seat….
    Natalie recently wrote…She is My GirlMy Profile

    • September 17, 2012 Alison

      Good one!

  • September 17, 2012 KalleyC

    Funny and so very true post. Legos are not fun. We have the larger one for preschoolers, and they are everywhere. I’m constantly trying to put the up and hiding the boxes somewhere (then feeling guilty after I hide them–never ending cycle.)
    KalleyC recently wrote…Sunday Prayer: In Due TimeMy Profile

    • September 17, 2012 Alison

      My toddler loves scattering the blocks around. Just for fun, you know.

  • September 20, 2012 Tonya

    Natalie (Mommy of a Monster) used to host a weekly meme: You Know You’re A Mom Whensdaze (here’s a link to mine, if you’re interested: And I never had trouble coming up with a list. Ever! Thank you for including one of my favorite here. 🙂

    Being a mom is so many little annoyances and challenges, but it also the sweet and tender moments too.
    Tonya recently wrote…Ripped Away, Ripped ApartMy Profile

    • September 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for contributing and for sharing your list!

  • September 25, 2012 Eli

    1. You find tiny socks, quarter-machine rings and little bottles of Gatorade by the armsful when you clean out your car (OK, so one of those could be mine)

    2. When you buy a box of cookies/junk cereal/granola bars, the next time you often see that box is when you pick it up off the floor and put it in the recycling bin

    3. You classify hair accessories by two all-inclusive categories: Those that hurt when you step on them, and those that don’t.
    Eli recently wrote…Five for Friday: Kids shows I kind of hate.My Profile

    • September 25, 2012 Alison

      Haha, too funny!

  • September 29, 2012 Galit Breen

    Hee! Ohmygoodness, love!

    (Mine is the pointing things out in the car like, “Look! A truck!” when you’re all alone! Ugh.

    Love the hashtag and post idea, girl!
    Galit Breen recently wrote…A Tiffany Tween RoomMy Profile

    • September 29, 2012 Alison

      Haha, you’re adorable. xo

I Write This Blog

Alison Profile PictureI'm Alison. Writer, a mother of four (two boys and boy/ girl twins), social media enthusiast and book lover. A believer in the power of chocolate and hugs. Chugging coffee as I type. Want to know more?

The Books I’m In (Buy Now!)

I Am On Google+

Oldies But Goodies