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What Funny Things Are Your Kids Into?

What Does Your Kid Think Is Cool These Days?

When the boys were little, they had NO idea what was cool — they didn’t even know the definition of the word. They just did their funny things (carrying a violin around, wearing blazers, being a champion thumbsucker) and called it a day. But now that Toby is seven…

…he’s starting to get inspired by fun things other kids are up to.

Case in point: The other evening, the boys and I watched the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The older brother character is a teenager in high school and is taking his girlfriend to prom. So, basically Toby’s dream come true. In the movie — since everyone is having a bad day — the brother gets a zit on his forehead, which he covers with a Band-Aid.

So, the next day, Toby begged me to bike him to the drugstore to get a red marker. When we got home, he carefully drew a circle on his forehead, on which he placed (you guessed it) a Band-Aid. Words cannot describe how thrilled he was. He sat on our stoop and every time a neighbor walked by, he would loudly complain about his zit, and he proudly kept the Band-Aid on when his friend came over to play.

Here’s his inspiration:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

What are your kids into these days? What’s cool in their minds? It’s funny what ends up resonating with them!

P.S. Talking to kids, and Toby’s week of outfits.

  1. Milla says...

    I babysit a lot and the kids say the cutest things! Once a little boy told me how he had been a zombie zucchini for Halloween, and the next time I was there he painted black face paint all over himself (he’s three), looked at himself in the mirror and said, “I’m a zombie cow!” I don’t know how he came up with it but he was very confident about it.
    Another time a 5 year old told me that “I don’t want to grow up, because then I’m going to die and Mommy and Daddy will be sad.” Broke my heart!

  2. My kids love chatting to each other at night. They share a room and they hang out and laugh together after lights out thinking we can’t hear them but we totally know what they’re up to. But it’s hard to get mad when they’re being so sweet with each other!

  3. Maddie says...

    When I was in Kindergarten I came home and told my mom that I had been sent to the principals office. She was shocked and asked why to which I responded that I didn’t know. The next day when she was dropping me off she asked my teacher about it, and I immediately started sobbing and said “Why would you ruin this for me!?” I had made the whole thing up in hopes of being cool.

  4. Bowen says...

    My almost-two-year old son is so hungry for words and questions and knowledge. I like to talk to him before bed about all the things we did and saw that day, and after every sentence he says “more, more, more”. He loves to go through every single detail again. I think he is so fascinated by all the details of this beautiful life that he finds each one amazing and interesting. I wish I could look back at my own day sometimes with such wonder!

  5. A says...

    I remember thinking that braces were unbelievably cool when I was about 7 or 8, because they made you look older (like someone in MIDDLE SCHOOL). By the time I actually had to have them, of course, I was 12 and they were not cool at all.

  6. Anna says...

    My almost 2 year old has a new ritual: at night she looks out our darkened picture window, then turns to me and very seriously assures me that there are “no people mommy.” It’s hard to shake the feeling that she is saying this because at one point there WERE people out there!?

  7. Jillian says...

    When I was about 7, I thought the COOLEST THING in the entire world was to drink soda (specifically Diet Coke). Only cool people drank it! You looked cool doing it! Even though my mom happily let me try some, I hated the taste of carbonation (still do). Undeterred in my quest to be cool, I went through the recycling bin (at our own home, thank goodness), found Diet Coke cans, rinsed them (not well), filled them with water, and then insisted on only drinking syrupy-tasting water out of OLD DIET COKE CANS, fully satisfied that I’d reached the epitome of cool.

    • Laura says...

      Ha I totally understand this. I still feel cool walking with a cup of coffee (from a coffee shop) a la Britney Spears. Or any time I carry my car keys. Lol :)

  8. Karen says...

    About a month ago my 4y old daughter was looking at a fashion magazine and stopped at a particular photoshoot, as the models were wearing their jackets off the shoulder, type of ‘half off, half on’. She was really intriged why they would wear their jackets like that. Ofcourse, she asked me why? So I just told her that they thought it was something special. About a week later I heard her discussing with my husband about her jacket, it had to be worn off the shoulder, she told him, since it was very ‘shpeshial’ . It has now been 3 weeks with a lot of jacket half off, half on. But the funniest about it was that last week, as I was taking off my coat, my youngest daughter almost fell and I just ran towards her with my jacket somewhere in between. My oldest daughter just looked at me and said: “Oh mom, now you’re shpechial too”.

  9. L says...

    My 4-year-old is really into trucks but he is particularly interested the minutiae. He is fascinated by the idea that some vehicles have more than one tail pipe or that some tail pipes stick out the back of a vehicle while others stick out the side. And he cannot fathom why some trucks have mud flaps and others do not. He is also really into South America, about which he knows approximately nothing.

  10. Desiree says...

    This post just made my day. I love the things kids pick up on. Hanging on your stoop (sigh) makes me miss home.

  11. Mimi says...

    My 7-year-old Hazel is obsessed with cheetahs. I showed her a “cheetah” lunch box that said “ROAR!” She took one look and said, “Cheetahs don’t roar, they chirp, like birds.” Then, we tried to get her a cheetah costume for Halloween, but again, she was puzzled, as it was leopard pattern, and “those don’t look like cheetah spots at all!?”

    • Laura Angell says...

      I have a 4 year old Hazel. Great name!!!

  12. Katie says...

    My 16-month-old girl and I have been going on walks every morning, and she’s developed a love for looking for flags, dogs, and school buses while we’re out and about. Sometimes I have to point out a somewhat-hidden flag to her, and other times she spots them all on her own and says “flag” in her sweet little learning-to-talk voice. This search keeps her occupied and helps us both notice things we wouldn’t otherwise in our neighborhood.

  13. Toby is such a cool dude! I love his zeal. Your heart must have been bursting :-)

  14. Brittani says...

    Bocce ball! We were at the park the other night and my son (age 3) saw two older gentlemen playing it. My son immediately started stalking them (albeit sweetly!) and asking them a million questions. They were so kind to let him throw a couple balls, and the grand finale was when they broke out the tape measure. I thought my son had died and gone to heaven. Needless to say, we’ve been playing bocce at home every free second.

  15. Nancey says...

    This isn’t my kid, but my friend’s Son who was about 4 at the time was obsessed with Johnny Cash and one day when we were over her house, her Son Tej skidded into the living room with socks and underwear on and held up his hand near his mouth and said ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Johnny Cash’. I almost died from laughing, it was SO cute. I will never forget that. He’s 14 now and still loves him! hahahah.

  16. Oh Jo. I literally just lol-ed.
    My husband is into cycling so when my oldest son was two he noticed some cycling clothes (read: spandex) hang drying and immediately dressed himself in them. I thought it was cute and tried to take a picture but he wouldn’t let me, and I then realized the reason was because he was trying to get on to his own little balance bike.

  17. Elle says...

    My almost 2 year-old has suddenly become very excited about sharing the details of her bowel movements. A few days ago, as we walked across the main quad of the college campus where I teach, she shouted to each student that passed: I’M POOPING (with extreme toddler glee). And she was, my friends. She truly was.

    • Anna says...

      This is my exact boat right now. We are living our best life.

  18. Catherine says...

    As we were driving by a construction site, my 2.5 year old exclaimed, “Look, Mommy! A superhero!” At first I didn’t know what he was talking about, but then I realized he was pointing at a construction worker. When I asked him who he was talking about for clarification, he replied, “That man in the safety best (vest)!”

  19. Val says...

    At the moment, my 4 yr old daughter is really into making flashcards and then shining a flashlight through them 😳

    • Val says...

      I am not good with emojis. I was going for suprised.

  20. Amazing! When I was three apparently my mother took me to buy a pair of new shoes for preschool. I was normally a bit tomboyish at that time, but when we got to the store I spotted a pair of bright pink Mary Janes that I promptly fell in love with (much to the chagrine of my mother who I think was hoping I would l choose something a bit more practical). Apparently the fashion statement paid off though as the next day when she picked me up from preschool, she found me sitting at the bottom of the slide with my pink shoes off, in front of a line of the other girls who were taking turns to try them on!

    • Karen says...

      HAHAHAHAHA!!

  21. Stephanie says...

    My 9 yr old is sports obsessed! I always thought people brought their kids up to be into certain teams or sports…nope, they are born this way!! Currently, he is playing soccer and football, and is SUPER proud of how bad his armpits stink! All because it means he gets to “take his deodorant” in the morning. He will tell anyone who will listen about how he has to “take” deodorant now because he’s “practically a teenager.” It’s hysterical!

  22. sarah says...

    Toby is the sweetest! I love this age so much. My six-year-old is TOTALLY obsessed with teenagers and “being cool” in general, and loves watching movies with teenagers in them. When we’re playing together, she’ll often say, “Pretend you’re my mom and I’m a teenager,” and the other day she said (from her car seat), “I can’t wait until I’m a teenager so I can ride in the front seat.” Haha!

  23. Patsy says...

    My 3.5 year old godson is really into playing “Indians and Bad Guys” with some random cowboy and Indian (the cowboys are “bad” because they have guns) figures he picked out at the thrift store. And he and his sister are enthralled with the Mercy Watson books and demand “toast with a GREAT DEAL of butter” for every meal. It’s adorable.

    • Sarah says...

      Oh yes! My kids also request “toast with a great deal of butter”! Great books.

  24. That is amazing about the red marker! My daughter, Jo, who is 4, is really into the Ghostbusters song from the 80’s right now. Apparently they play it at dancetime at her preschool so she insists we turn it on at home and dance to it with her stuffed animals. I didn’t know I was nostalgic for that song until she made us play it again and again!

  25. Monica says...

    This reminds me of being a kid and thinking braces were SO cool! I would put my hair ties across my teeth pretending I had them.

    • Ha! We would make “retainers” out of gum that we stuck to the roof of our mouths and then froze in the freezer (so they would retain their shape) and paperclips.

    • Kelly says...

      Omg, I did this too. With paper clips! My mom still jokes about how I never needed braces because of my homemade paper clip retainers.

    • Anna says...

      We made retainers out of those weird candies that were made of wax and filled with liquid. We would mold them to our teeth, and take them out to kiss a picture of Michael Jackson that she had on her bedroom wall.

  26. Rebecca says...

    Also band-aids! They are accessories now ;) I buy the cute Oh Joy ones from Target and I think that’s the problem-maybe I should go with the old-school “skin” tone ones.

  27. Lane says...

    Our 2 year old is totally, 100% into trucks. I have no idea where it came from, and we certainly never encouraged it, but he gets so excited any time we drive down the highway, past a construction site, or when the garbage trucks come down the road. A few weeks ago he was at my parents’ house when the linemen came out to repair their powerlines after Hurricane Irma, and he was so excited! “Mama! Mama! Truck! Truck! BIG TRUCK!” It was pretty much the best day of his life.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww hahaha. i remember when we lived in manhattan, we were hanging out at home and part of our building’s roof crumbled off. i was terrified and so so stressed, but toby saw the fire truck come and kept saying, “well, this is a special treat!” it was such a cute antidote to everything that was going on :)

    • Lane says...

      They definitely know how to put things into perspective, don’t they?

      His other thing is that he loves to draw and color, and of course he wants you to color with him. Only he can’t say ‘picture.’ He tries to say ‘draw pict,’ but it comes out ‘draw b*tch!’ It’s HILARIOUS! We had to warn everyone that no, our child isn’t cursing at them, but every time he does it we just die laughing.

    • Rachel says...

      To this day, my mother-in-law will occasionally say something to my husband like “Oh, and they dug up a part of the street for a repair. You would have LOVED it!” Her sentiment is so endearing to me haha. My husband was apparently ALSO a big truck lover!

    • Anu says...

      My son was totally into trucks when he was 2. I had bought this set of mini Caterpillar construction vehicles/trucks. I would fill a baking tray with farro (dry of course) and and he would play for what felt like hours with this. He would scoop, pour and generally pretend all the trucks were working at a construction site. Try it!

    • Lane says...

      Oh, what a great idea, Anu! I’ll definitely have to try this out tonight while I’m making supper. :)

  28. Amy says...

    My 7 yo son loves to sing songs off the radio – but doesn’t always get the words quite right. He was singing “Uptown Funk” one day and he was saying “hot chick” instead of “hot damn” (which I figured was more appropriate for his age anyway) and he stops singing and says “it’s Hot Chick, right?” and I said “do you know what a ‘chick’ is?” figuring I’d have to explain the term and he says, “yeah – a baby chicken.” And I just laughed and said, “yes, that’s right… they’re saying ‘Hot Baby Chicken'” and that is how we both continue to sing it – Hot Chick.

  29. My three year old has been obsessed with Bob Dylan for about over a year now (and has dressed up as him to a costume party). He talks about him like we know and says things like “So, do you think Bob Dylan will come over some time?” and also requests Bob Dylan record dance parties.
    He is also currently obsessed with the ’70s song Ride Captain Ride by Blues Image. We’re not exactly sure where it came from. We HAVE to listen to it about 5 times a day (at least). As soon as it comes on he grabs his ukelele, starts shaking his tush, and singing along.

    • Kelly says...

      My three year old daughter is OBSESSED with Elton John. We watched an old-school Muppet episode that featured Elton, something clicked, and she took off running with it. She dresses up as Elton daily, complete with sunglasses. I’ll ask her what she wants to do and she’ll say things like, “oh, I just want to stand here and be Elton John.” She wants us to acknowledge that she IS in fact Elton, asking questions such as “Mommy, who is eating cereal for breakfast?” or “mommy, whose feet are these?”. If you don’t answer “Elton” she will patiently repeat the question until you do. She also refers to herself in the third person as Elton. “Elton got dressed by herself today ” or “Elton wants to play outside.” She loses it over sunglasses displays in stores, exclaiming, “Look at all the Elton glasses!” We discuss Elton all day long. “Mommy, what kind of car does Elton drive? I bet it’s a really sparkly one.”

    • Jo says...

      This made my day! Of course Elton has a really, really sparkly car! :D

  30. Ariel says...

    So sweet. My four-year-old son loves the stock images that come inside picture frames. He thinks they are more exciting than what we are actually framing. He “decorates” and hangs them up with tape on random walls at varying heights. “Isn’t that the perfect spot, mama?” Even though it looks ridiculous, I don’t have the heart to take them down!

    • Laura says...

      As a graphic designer I find this hilarious. Yes don’t take them down!

  31. Jessica says...

    Our two year old son is obsessed with the moon and being an astronaut. He dresses up in his astronaut costume and pretends anything is a rocket or a lunar lander (bathroom with the door shut, large boxes, window curtains, bathtub) and will hop inside and say, “see you later Mommy! I go blast off to the MOON!” He also always talks to the moon when we see it outside, he’ll say things like, “Hello Moon! I coming to see you soon!”

  32. Sofia says...

    My daughter is turning 3 in two months and she’s into paw patrol and like every little girl, of course, frozen. Right now what she seems to find cool are all the things she can do as a “big girl” now, compared to the “little babies”. And she makes sure to rub it in their faces too. She’s also really into playing pretend; just yesterday she was the Queen, dad was the King, and I was the “Fairy Stepmother”.

  33. Katie says...

    I remember sitting in the car, casually facing the car beside me, and pretending to fasten the back of an earring to a nonexistent earring stud. In my mind, this was a very grown up looking thing to do. The innocence of childhood is so beautiful.

  34. Colleen S. says...

    When I was Toby’s age (which was many years ago), I wanted braces on my teeth more than anything. What did I use? Gum or the occasional paperclip. At 11 1/2, I actually got braces, and wondered what the heck I was so excited to have them was about. Lesson learned: not everything we think is cool as a kid actually is, but I would never ruin that illusion for any kid (because my mom, who also had braces as a teenager, sure as heck didn’t for me).

    • Amanda says...

      I did the same thing! My (VERY COOL) older neighbor had braces, and I would put foil on my teeth to emulate her. When I had to get braces from age 17-19 due to a dental injury, I was significantly less excited about it…

  35. Kristen says...

    When I was young all of my friends and I were in gymnastics. My 2 best friends were a lot more advanced than I was and would occasionally suffer small injuries, like a twisted ankle. One time my best friend had an ankle injury and our 1st grade teacher took it very seriously- she pushed her around the school on her rolling chair whenever we’d go to lunch or recess. I was so jealous. So one day after school I tried hurting my ankle by jamming it between 2 dresser drawers. Fortunately- it didn’t work.

  36. Laura says...

    My 3.5 has recently become obsessed with “cold drinks.” He’ll come home and instead of drinking just water, he insists he needs a “cold drink” like juice or lemonade. So strange considering we rarely even have that in our fridge! Also, all 3 of my boys are obsessed with 80s family movies (largely in part because of my husband). Their favorites are Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, and Harry & the Hendersons (we look for Bigfoot now when driving through any wooded area). I swear I’ve seen Ghostbusters over 1000 times now. Even the 2 year old knows almost every word- and surprisingly none of them are ever scared! Some parents give me looks when they hear that my kids have seen these movies, but they don’t really make family movies like these anymore!

    • Megan Klein says...

      I was scared of the bath tub for so long after seeing Ghostbusters when I was about 5!

  37. Beth says...

    My 6.5 year old son loved that movie! I commented in another post about celebrity look alikes that I thought Toby looked like Alexander in the movie…did he think so? My two have started to discuss the concept of being cool. Their older cousin told them that it’s uncool to try to be cool and not trying is cool. Now they are VERY confused about coolness. I just tell them that cool is up to you. You will always be able to find people that agree with your “cool” and someone will always think your cool is “uncool”. Just be you. That being said.

  38. Jilla says...

    This is so hilarious…you and Toby just made my day!

  39. I don’t have kids, but when I was little I was obsessed with being a Hippie Vampire for Halloween. I have no idea where I even got that idea, but I went to every Halloween party for about two or three years in the same Hippie Vampire getup I fashioned out of bell bottoms, a long sleeve tie-dye, folded bandanna wrap, and plastic vampire teeth.

    • Colleen S. says...

      I did that when I was 13. My seventh grade Science teacher thought my concept of a non-drug using hippie was a stretch (because I could have been sent home for promoting drug culture, even in 1996), but because of the type of kid I was, he let it slide. I then went home that night, and painted my face white and played dead.

  40. Sara says...

    We have a 2.5 year old boy and he recently told me that his shirt ripped because of his muscles. Also, he calls everyone honey or boo.

  41. M says...

    Last night I told my 3 yr old son that after he went to bed, people would be coming over for a meeting I was having (I’m on the HOA board and have a lot of meetings). He immediately replied, “I’m having a meeting.” He went around the living room and kitchen, gathered all of our chairs and stools and arranged them in a circle. He then went upstairs and selected some friends (his stuffed animals) and placed one in each chair. He picked up a soccer ball and informed everyone they’d be meeting about the ball. He went around the circle and asked everyone, what they’d like to explain about the ball. I pretended to be each animal and answered obligingly. It was downright adorable. When he woke up this morning he asked, “Is my meeting still downstairs?”

  42. asia says...

    My 10 year old is obsessed with the idea of doing research. Last night she just needed help with deciding on a topic, and we came up with Queen Elizabeth. This morning she was doing more research while she ate breakfast and has pages full of notes about her :)

  43. Laura says...

    Thank you for sharing these stories. They are the only thing keeping me sane right now :)

  44. Jessie says...

    My 7 y.o. Is very into bandanas now. Either tied around his neck or folded & worn as a headband around his head. When I was 6-7, I worshipped my babysitter. She had braces & I desperately wanted them, too. So I unwrapped gum from my mom’s purse & put the foil wrappers over my teeth.

  45. My daughter and I were watching America’s Funniest Home Videos when a commercial came on that began “For my constipation…” The shock of a woman (a grown up!) talking about poop (her own poop!), on television (!), sent my daughter into hysterics so loud my husband came in to see what was so funny.

  46. Gabriella Doob says...

    So funny! I remember as a kid I desperately wanted to wear glasses because I had a teacher who had glasses and I thought she was very cool. I was horrified each time I went to the eye doctor and was told I had perfect vision. Of course, by the time I actually needed to wear glasses (inevitable in my family), I had moved beyond that phase and was very upset about that, too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that is so cute! i desperately wanted braces because there was a cool coke commercial with a ballet student who had braces. i was devastated when our dentist said my teeth were fine.

  47. I don’t have kids (yet), but I still think your parenting is so inspirational. I love how you embrace your boys’ wonderful, cool quirks and support them in being themselves.
    Thanks for a great blog!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so sweet, marianne. thank you so much, that means a lot to me. :)

  48. Anna says...

    My eleven year old son is all about magic tricks at the moment. As a result I find playing cards all over the house- in the dirty laundry, between the couch cushions, as page holders in books, under the furniture and last week I even found one in the refrigerator. My three year old is his devoted audience and tries to replicate his tricks: “Mummy pick a card. Choose this one. TA DAAA!” She likes to hide the playing cards in her pants.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so cute!

  49. Alex says...

    My 2.5 year old daughter used to be afraid of witches (after she saw one in a book about Hansel and Gretel). Before sleep, she used to assure that the witch is “veeeeery faaar away baking cookies”…but recently she changed her approach and the other day she said: mama I’m going to eat a lot and get BIG and FAT. I’M GOING TO BE A BIG FAT WITCH!

  50. Carolyn M says...

    My daughter is 2 and is really into the song “Puff the Magic Dragon.” One of the lines is “Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff.” She thinks that the name Jackie Paper is hilarious because the last name is an object. So her running toddler joke is pairing the name with Jackie and any object she sees and cracking up hysterically about it (ex. Jackie Banana, Jackie Table, Jackie Pencil). Also, out of the blue she’ll yell out “Hey mama, remember Jackie Paper?” and fall into a fit of laughter (which of course makes me do the same). It is so fun to see her personality and have her own little jokes at such a young age.

  51. Holly says...

    My son is 3.5 and thinks (knows) he is a dog. He loves dogs SO MUCH (we don’t have one, btw). The other day, as we were saying goodbye, shaking hands with our neighbors, he licked our neighbor’s hand…”That’s a dog handshake.”

    • Jenn says...

      I laughed out loud at this one! Love this story.

    • Laura C. says...

      Wonderful!

  52. Veronica says...

    Joanna, have you noticed, on your “wearing blazers / Dates with your child” post, Toby ALSO has a band aid on his forehead??? Haha, how cool is that?

  53. Alex says...

    Oh little kids- haha!
    My 4 year old is currently really into vocabulary. This morning he was up before the sun and we sat on the porch watching the stars fade with the sun. “Stars,” he told me with a scholarly authority, “are NOCTURNAL.”
    His 2 year old brother is equally convinced of his superior knowledge and decrees that each and every bird we see is a duck (even the ostrich at the zoo).

  54. Loz says...

    Prince William and Catherine got married when my daughter was 3. She insisted I buy her a ‘special wedding edition’ magazine one day, and proceeded to take it EVERYWHERE for months. She knows the names of the entire royal family. The other day my husband casually asked who Zara Tindall was and she replied ‘thats Queen Anne’s second child of course’!

  55. I don’t have any kids, but I was really into fur muffs as a child (thanks to Samantha the American girl doll). I wore it EVERYWHERE–all seasons. I though I was so elegant. I think there are pictures with the muff from Christmas in NYC to a beach vacation.
    (yes, I still have it for my future children)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg hahahaha DYING over this one. so, so cute.

  56. Me, picking my 7-year-old daughter up from school last week:
    “Why have you got one legging rolled up and the other one down? Aren’t you cold?”
    Her- “I look cool.”
    Me – “But why have you done it?”
    Her – “I just want to look cool.”
    Looking around the playground, I see nobody else with one up and one down. No idea where this comes from – but yes, being ‘cool’ is something she’s starting to aspire towards too…

  57. Greta says...

    This is so funny! I don’t have kids but I remember thinking that braces were so cool when I was Toby’s age. The movie “The Goonies” inspired me to make my own version of braces with paper clips. In the movie, Mikey (who has braces) kisses his older brother’s high school girlfriend when she has her eyes closed. She thinks it is Brad, the older brother, but wonders later why he had braces. Needless to say, when I actually got braces and head gear in middle school, it was way less cool than it had originally seemed!!!

  58. Jane says...

    Our family is Jewish, and because it was Rosh Hashanah last week, we were talking about how the world came to be. My five-year-old son wondered about god and what god looks like. So I say, “god is everywhere. God doesn’t look like a man or a woman.” To which Ron replied, “does the person who made god know what God looks like?” He also is very much into the concept of infinity and says things like “when I’m infinity year old, I’m going to do XYZ.”

  59. Denise says...

    Love how small his forehead is still that the adult bandaid almost covers his whole forehead! Great movie! It’s my feel good, fall back movie.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awwww that’s such a sweet observation. {all the heart emojis}

    • A says...

      Ha good point I think I thought it was a big bandaid <3

  60. Sarah says...

    I’m sure I could rattle off several things with three boys, but the one that comes to mind is my 5-year-old’s obsession with being tickled. Every morning, he pretends to turn on “the tickle machine” by beep-booping my face, and then loudly declares, “Tickle Machine! Tickle me aaaaall over, BUT NOT THE ARMPITS!!”

  61. Nicole says...

    My four year old adores camping and helping me cook, so he’s decided he’s going to be a chef who cooks out of a RV for people who camp in national parks (a very specific career path!) We introduced him to food trucks…mind BLOWN. Now he’s plotting and checking out kitchens everywhere we go.

    Meanwhile, his sister sticks suction cups on her head because she’s obsessed with unicorns!

  62. Annika says...

    When she started asking me if there are people who can’t see or hear, I read my 6 year old the “Who Was…Helen Keller” book thinking it would satisfy her curiosity. Now she is full of even more questions- are there people like that alive today? Are they all able to talk? How do they live? Who takes care of them? Usually these questions are asked when she should be falling asleep.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, she sounds like such a cool, curious person!

  63. Kathleen says...

    My 3.5 year old is still at the adorable age where he doesn’t quite get growing up— he told me the other day he wants to be a “lemon shark” when he grows up. I had no idea what he was talking about and asked him if they were real….at which point he said “Mom. Look it up.” (they are!)

    • Eliza says...

      My 4-year-old son wanted to be a foxbat for halloween last year. I thought he meant, like, a cross between a fox and a bat (an orange bat? A fox with wings?) but he patient explained that it’s a real thing. I googled it and was slightly disturbed but amused! This year he’s obsessed with armadillos. He wears a (raccoon) tail everywhere (even to bed) and people say things like “looks like we’ve got a raccoon here!” and he curls up in a ball tucking his tail in on the ground (outside, at the grocery store, wherever) and says “nope, an armadillo, of course.” I buy a Christmas ornament every year for my kid’s collections and try to base it on the weird things they’re obsessed with so this year my 5-year-old gets a brass armadillo, and my 3-year-old gets a john deer tractor (last year they got an acorn to represent the Ice Age movies which they watched on repeat all year).

  64. Kathleen says...

    Wonder Woman. My five year old is obsessed with Wonder Woman. Instead of check marks, she has started putting W’s on her behavior chart. Every time I get a coffee, I get an extra sleeve, so she can turn wear the sleeves as gauntlets. When we had to talk with her teacher about some behavioral issues, we decided the consequence for being uncooperative would be my daughter wouldn’t get to sleep with her Wonder Woman doll. Every day since, before leaving school, my daughter checks in with her teacher, who is always happy to declare “You used your super powers! Wonder Woman stays!”

    • Joy says...

      Hahahaha – every time you get coffee, you get an extra sleeve so she can have gauntlets! True mom love! This is the best.

    • Jo says...

      This is so sweet and awesome!

  65. Kate says...

    I have two girls — a three year old and a nine month old. Me being pregnant really stuck with the older one and for the last six months or so she’s been telling us she has a baby in her belly. It’s been a long gestation too — when we first asked when the baby was due she said in five years. Well, her due date is now quickly approaching and she says the baby is coming in December to coincide with her baby sister’s birthday. But, the other night we got the big news that she in fact has four babies in her belly. My husband asked her if she knew what we called four babies being born at once. Totally deadpan, she looks him straight in the eyes and said “yes, dumplings.” I could barely hold back my laughter and keep a straight face. Can’t wait for the arrival of our dumplings in December!

    • Alex says...

      This made me giggle.

    • A says...

      Oh my goodness, I love all of these but this one made me laugh out loud.

  66. Maria says...

    I don’t have kids, but love these stories about the cute, funny things your kids do/say! Toby seems like the sweetest!

  67. Cara says...

    Love this. My girls just started a new school this year with a CAFETERIA. Their minds were absolutely blown by the idea of hot lunch, and getting to buy pizza AT SCHOOL on Friday is pretty much the most amazing thing that’s ever happened to them.

  68. Jessica says...

    My nearly 4 year old just started pre-school. We live super rurally on a reservation and they say the pledge of allegiance daily (is that a thing everywhere?). She loves it. She thinks she’s the coolest. She goes around chanting it all day long–but she does’t quite know the words. “For liberty and jack says to all”

    • Karen says...

      HAHAHA ” jack says to all” !!

  69. Jen says...

    Zit bandaid is hilarious. My daughter is 8. She is obsessed with the original cast recording from Hamilton. All day long it’s “Angelicaaaa, Eliiiiizaaaaa…and Peggy” which is adorable and cute, but a little disconcerting when she sings the more adult lines: “If I tell her that I love him, she’d be silently resigned, he’d be mine, she’d say I’m fine, she’d be lyin’.” Maybe it’s 8 going on 18?!

    • Sarah says...

      Yes! This would have been my response too– My kids are so Hamilton-crazed right now at age 5 and 7. It’s such a fun soundtrack. But yes, the adult lyrics….My 5 year old daughter: “And I’m the damn fool that shot him!”

  70. Lizzz says...

    My oldest is really into Paw Patrol. Being 3.5 means he doesn’t have many limitations to his imagination. Every day he pretends to be a different character. Last week he was a girl character named Everest. After breakfast he burst into the dining room telling me “I just birthed three puppies!!!” He took his imaginary puppies to preschool that day.

  71. Maybe we should watch this movie so I can get my daughter to like band-aids! She has had to be on oxygen in the hospital a couple of times with bronchiolitis (but she’s perfectly healthy otherwise, so do not worry!) and they put all kinds of tubes and sensors on her with band-aids so she is deathly afraid of them. Even seeing a band-aid on me stresses her to the max. I have to have a mole biopsied and am seriously more worried about having to wear a band-aid around her than I am about the cancer! Poor kiddo.

    The thing she loves, though? Circle time. She just started preschool and hosts circle time with her animals every morning. My job is singing the “circle time song” to welcome each animal. She marches up and down in front of the animals wielding a toy hammer and telling them to sit down. I am guessing/hoping this last bit deviates from what actually happens at her hippie “peace-centric” Montessori school. ;)

    • fmbe says...

      Oh, Ramona. My daughter was in the nicu for 4.5 months, is four now and is absolutely ridiculous about bandaids. On her or anyone else. Last week at library storytime she got very upset when another little girl bumped into her. Because the little girl had a bandaid on her wrist. I feel your pain. Good luck with the biopsy fallout!

  72. Jane says...

    Toby is such a cool sweet kid :) My 3 year old became completely obsessed with one page out of toy catalog with a bunch of dolls on it. We’ve spent the last two weeks talking about which doll each of us would like and why, and which of our friends and family might like one of the dolls too. She’s taken to sleeping with it and as soon as she wakes up she frantically asks where it is. It’s gotten so worn down (“loved”), I had to put it in a plastic sleeve for her so it wouldn’t disintegrate. She’s not even that into dolls really! But something about this one page has totally captured her heart, haha.

    • Karlene says...

      Oh my goodness; this is so sweet!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that you put it in a plastic sleeve. you sound like such a nice mom!

    • Laura C. says...

      Omg Jane, this is totally my little daughter’s story last Christmas!! She got a toy catalog too and wanted THAT page. Eventually the page torn off and she would go to sleep with the page. I can’t remember which toys were on the page. I just know that I had to go back to the toy store and get another catalog!

  73. Claire says...

    My four year old currently casts elaborate spells on everyone and everything. He spins around, jumps, makes up and endless stream of words and is constantly finding a stick to be his “staff” or “wand” depending on mood.

    We’ve had to have talks about not casting spells in parking lots, because he will seriously attempt to stop cars. We’re also not aloud to cast spells on doctors when they’re talking and strangers in elevators because that just gets uncomfortable when he’s willing an 60 year old woman to turn into a toad after she spoke to him!

  74. Rue says...

    As a toddler, I thought band-aids were a preventive measure, and I insisted on carefully and strategically putting them on my face and limbs before showing up at preschool. It was the 80s so they were the neon ones. But I *remember thinking* that the band-aids would protect me from getting hurt on the playground.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awwwwwwww

  75. Katie says...

    How is he 7?!?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know!!!! break my heart into a million pieces. xoxoxoxo

  76. KRS says...

    My 4 yr old would change his name in school and every few weeks, his teacher would update me on his current name. It was George for the longest time, Warren Betty(???), Raju, Catboy, Hobbes, Panther, Hillary Trump (since someone said he cannot be called Hillary) and his teacher’s favourite ‘The Boy’.

  77. Have your boys ever seen the 1990 animated version of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”? It’s a half hour of solid gold, and my little dudes LOVE IT. The best is when they belt out the title song (“If I Could Be The Only Child”) in public: “They say I’d be lonely if I were an only child…I DOUBT IT!”

  78. Lisa says...

    6 year old boy: the deep sea, outer space, endless games of tag, and…bodily functions and associated noises.

    2.5 year old boy: doggies (wants to pet *every* dog we walk by), kitties (wants to bring home whichever one we see in the pet store window on any given night), band aids all day every day, “look at that cute baby!” (any time we walk past any admittedly cute baby), and getting ice cream from the ice cream truck (okay by me!)

  79. Vanessa says...

    Oh my, that is hysterical!

  80. Angela says...

    My husband works at Lockheed and, for the past 6 months or so, my 3.5 year old son has talked nonstop about “my pilots” and “my work.” He is constantly telling us stuff his pilots do: “My pilots are decorating for Halloween! And then Christmas!”

    And my 16 month old daughter has recently discovered trains and every time we hear one, her eyes light up and she says “Wow! ChooooChoooooo!”

  81. E says...

    I teach three year old’s and one of them was telling me about her trip to Disney World. She told me, very matter of factly “I had a hard time at Disney. Mommy says never again.” Then she got really excited an announced that she could go back “When I’m a grown up!!” To her, it was the best thing in the world, being a grown up at Disney!

  82. Allie says...

    Love this! Your boys are so precious. Random question- did Anton become a leftie? I have my first thumb sucker and she sucks her left thumb. Curious if that is any predictor of handedness.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is such a good question! i’m not 100% sure because he isn’t writing or anything yet, but he throws balls with his right hand, so i think that means he’s right-handed? i honestly haven’t noticed which hand he draws with!

    • Eliza says...

      My son was a thumb sucker and sucked his left thumb and used his right hand for everything (I used a T-guard with huge success to break the habit when it started affecting his teeth just before starting kindergarten). I wonder if he didn’t suck if he would still be right-handed though. You can’t write with your left hand if its always in your mouth so maybe he just adapted?!

    • Allie says...

      I suspect throwing right handed means right handed. My middle child is left handed and it absolutely astounds me every time she does something opposite to how we do it. Neither my husband nor I are, so when she does something like ride her scooter using her left foot to “scoot,” I’m so amazed. Not sure why I’m so fascinated by it but I am. Both my dad and my husband’s mom were born left handed but in their generation, they made kids learn to do everything right handed.

  83. I don’t have kids, but I coach little kids in gymnastics, and one of my girls came to class a little late, with her mom in tow. She wouldn’t start until her mom explained that she doesn’t go by [name] anymore. She had become obsessed with a name from her favorite book and since then, that’s what we’ve called her. Personally, I like her “old” name, but so it goes :)

  84. Carrie says...

    My 3-year-old got the idea that he wants to buy me flowers, he says it would be lovely, so last night at dinner he said, “Daddy can buy the flowers for me.” And my husband said why can’t you go buy them? And he looked at us seriously and said, “Because I’m just a kid. And I don’t know how to drive.” Haha – good point! I tried hard not to laugh.

  85. Sarah says...

    My almost two year old is obsessed with sports, and his favorite is golf! Every day, when we get home, he wants to play golf out in the yard. My husband even put a few holes in the yard for him. My son also really enjoys watching golf on tv. I will ask him, “would you like to watch a cartoon?,” and he will say “no, I watch golf, Mama.” I think it’s because golf is so simple. Even an almost two year old can understand. He will watch and exclaim, “oh! Ball in da hole!” I never knew golf could be so thrilling!

  86. Carissa says...

    Love this post!

    Joanna, have you ever done a post on your kids’ favorite movies or your favorite movies to watch with them?

    I would love to have some recommendations on good movies for young children. Thank you!

    • Meg says...

      I second this! I have a sensitive little guy (5) who gets overwhelmed easily at movies so I am always trying to think of good ones to watch as a family that are not too fast or scary. Old musicals are great, but there is only so many times he wants to watch Marry Poppins. I know you guys would come up with an awesome list.

    • Lisa Crabtree says...

      We have a tender-hearted little man, and are always searching for the same. We have found that we can generally rely on these shows to be gentle and respectful (and fun :) ): “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “Puffin Rock,” Tumbleaf”, “The Hive,” “Little Einsteins,” “The Hive,” and “Sarah and Duck.” Movies that have gone over well with little-to-no hiding behind the couch are: “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Ratatouille” (may need to skip the angry lady part at the beginning, then it’s precious),” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Jungle Book,” “Happy Feet,” “Bug’s Life” and “Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle.” Good luck!

  87. Kristen says...

    When my 5 year old got a cut at our doctor friend’s house, she gave him a “magic” band aid (decorated with unicorns and rainbows). It started to fall off after his bath that night and I asked if it was okay to take it off. Deadly serious, he said, “Yes, I can already feel the magic in my body.”
    Amazingly, we found the same magic band aids at Paper Source and now that’s his go to birthday present…a card and a single magic band aid!

    • Hita says...

      My kid gets a box of bandaids every birthday. They cure everything. 😀

    • Erika says...

      What a fun present!

  88. Carrie says...

    Toby and Anton posts are my favorite! Kids are the best!

  89. beth says...

    Toby! When I was a kid I made makeshift “glasses” with a pair of broken sunglasses frames (no lenses) and saran wrap (LENSES!). I felt very, very cool and wore them everywhere – which my mother 100% tolerated.

    • Sloan says...

      Yes! This reminds me of making paper clip retainers as a kid.

    • Mikaela says...

      Oh I totally did the paper clip retainer. I remember hot glueing the paper clip to a cut out piece of plastic from a yogurt lid and thinking everyone would believe it was a real retainer. Which I wanted so bad for some reason?

      I also lied on my vision test so I could get glasses I didn’t need.

    • Ellen says...

      Paper clip retainer wearer checking in as well!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      the paper clip retainer! yes!

  90. My 3 year old said yesterday “I never think about Jesus, I only think about unicorns!”

    • Chloe says...

      This is hilarious!

  91. Diana says...

    My best friend’s 3 year-old is obsessed with Abraham Lincoln. For months he carried around an Abe Lincoln pencil sharpener, and when they went to visit the monument in DC, it was like he met an actual celebrity – he was so star-struck! I found the whole thing absolutely hilarious and am already excited to tell him about that phase of life when he’s older :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, my friends’ kid was also obsessed with lincoln! he had a tall black hat that he would wear all the time! too, too funny.

  92. Michelle says...

    I love this band-aid story! The things that kids come up with can be so sweet and heart-wrenching–especially because you know they won’t always be so confident with their quirks.

    My 6-year-old son took tennis lessons earlier this year and came home from the first one absolutely desperate for a terrycloth headband. We promised to get him one on the weekend and promptly forgot, but he woke up Saturday and said, “You know what todaaaaaay is!” He picked out a hot pink one and eventually got coordinating blue wristbands. Wears them all the time but no longer shows any interest in tennis.

  93. aga says...

    My 2.5 year old nephew’s favourite song is Grandma Take Me Home by…. NIRVANA! The lyrics are surprisingly toddler-appropriate. I die of cuteness as he half-sings along to the lyrics. To Nirvana.

  94. Heather says...

    I asked my three-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she said, “A teenager.” Ha!

  95. Charlotte K says...

    EVERY thing a kid does that isn’t hurting some other kid IS cool. I want all kids to know they are cool just as they are! Sounds like you do too. LOVE Toby’s band-aid homage!

  96. Joy says...

    Wearing mis-matched socks. This is totally cool with me, because I can never find matching socks for them anyway.

  97. I was known as the “bandaid queen” as a young girl. Whether due to a real accident, or the tomboy appeal of it all, I was perpetually wearing one. Later, in 4th or 5th grade, I thought that having a cast for friends to sign was THE COOLEST. Alas, I never got one.

  98. Abbi says...

    This story absolutely made my day. Toby is the coolest 7-year old, with or without a bandage.

  99. Tiffany says...

    I remember as a kid thinking braces were SO cool so my best friend and we would cut pieces of gimp (80s babies will know this!) and line them up with our teeth like braces. The real things weren’t so fun a few years later. :)

    • Jessica says...

      Yes. Paper-clips were my go-to.

  100. Kimmie Rodriguez says...

    So are we not going to talk about the fact that Dylan Minnette has a knack for getting roles that involve a band-aid on the head (this film, 13 Reasons Why).

    • Ana says...

      I was looking for exactly this comment! haha thought the same thing :)

  101. jac says...

    I love Toby. : ) <3 Tell him I think he's cool.

  102. Mimi says...

    My daughter is 2 and she is obsessed with bandaids. She wants a bandaid anytime she bumps her head, stubs her toe, etc. Usually she wants the bandaid on her knee or arm or somewhere totally unrelated. It’s fun to see how she thinks :)

  103. Amy says...

    I think that movie is so great. My girls (5 & 7) loved it, it was a perfect family movie night movie to watch! I laughed so hard at the ‘cowboy’s’ that show up to the birthday. lol!

  104. Kacy says...

    My 4 year old doesn’t really love to watch TV right now. She will start something, then wander off to play or read. But I’ve noticed that even though she’s not watching, she still picks up on things. I sometimes play Gilmore Girls in the background while I’m flitting around cleaning or cooking and one of the characters said “what a shame!” and now that is her FAVORITE phrase. “I’m sorry, sweetie. We’re out of milk.” “What a shame!” “Time to get your shoes on!” “What a shame!” “Let’s go to Grandma’s!” “What a shame!” :)

  105. Lucy in England says...

    My two year old is deeply into Peter Rabbit, the books and TV show. When she feels nervous or scared she says “rabbits are brave” to herself, just like one of the characters does. The little wobble in her voice breaks my heart a little.

    She is also deeply into stories that feature an imaginary version of herself called Ratacat and her baby brother (Dingading). She chooses all the character names and we just riff off whatever we have done recently. It’s great to introduce new scenarios via Ratacat stories too but writing this down it sounds crazy!

    • Rachel Adrianna says...

      OMG your daughter sounds darling! What a sweet, imaginative, and definitely brave person :)

    • Emily says...

      Um, your “rabbits are brave” line is making me teary! How sweet! In our family anytime anyone has to do something hard we tell each other to “be a brave little toaster!”

    • Sharon says...

      Oh! the brave little toaster! I loved that movie as a kid, even though the vacuum character scared me so much I could hardly sleep at night!

  106. Y says...

    My (22 month old) daughter is obsessed with cashews. She wants to be one for halloween. When a friend over lunch said, “I heard you want to be a cashew for halloween…what does that look like?,” she looked at him incredulously and said totally deadpan: “It’s a nut.”

    • Emily says...

      Hahaha!

    • Cadence says...

      Oh my word, this just made my day.

    • aga says...

      Omg that is so funny!

    • Diana says...

      hahahaha I love this – please make her a cashew costume! ;)

    • Emily says...

      hahaha! one year my friend’s daughter wanted to be an anatomically correct heart (and she was)

    • Whitney says...

      I laughed out loud! I agree, please make her a cashew costume!

    • Jennifer says...

      The best!

  107. Simone says...

    My 2 years old is really starting to get into imaginative play and it’s been hilarious. He told me last week that he was a country boy, and “only country boys can work on the farm!”

  108. I loved that story so much Joanna, what a cutie! We just moved to the South of France and my daughter (3) is going to French public preschool there and is obsessed with “being a french girl”. She loves learning the language and singing their songs and teases her little sister and me that we’re not french enough to play with her when she’s in certain frenchie moods, LOL.

  109. Sara says...

    My oldest is this way too! He’s 7 and so easily influenced by older kids, things he sees on TV, etc. Lately he’s been really interested in wearing “handsome clothes” and has been begging me to let him wear a suit to school! He has one that I bought recently for part of his Halloween costume. I love his quirks and his view on the world around him, but stuff like this is also so heartbreaking for me. He’s the shortest kid in his grade (2nd grade) and gets teased for his size. So as much as I want to encourage independent decisions, I can’t bear the thought of sending him to school in a suit! Who knows what the other kids would say! I worry that he would be miserable and embarrassed if he actually did it. Thoughts? At what point do you limit your kids independence for the sake of not getting teased?

    • Megan says...

      My 7 yo wore a light toasted brown velour suit coat to school today for pictures! He’s worn it before and gotten many compliments! Kids are a mystery and social dynamics even more so!

    • Cait says...

      Aww, please let him wear the suit. I get you not wanting him to get teased, but I’d hate to think this is his first moment of shoving down a part of himself to have others be ok around him. Maybe you could just gently explain that some kids may tease him, but it’s because people react strangely to things that are different not because he deserves it. Also, kids can surprise you. They might think he’s the coolest for it, and all of them will want suits!

    • I say let him do it and see what happens! If it goes badly maybe make it a special weekend suit. Or play clothes. We have play clothes and school clothes.

    • t says...

      Sara, we deal with this often with our son who likes to wear dresses and pink and costume jewelry and things stereotypically considered girly.

      We just try to prep him by saying you love these things and even through it doesn’t matter what other people think, we think you look great. But just like we have opinions others may too and some people might love your look and some people might not. And since your passion for this fashion is extra creative and unique some people might make mean comments. Just say firmly ‘I don’t care, I like it! and then walk away.

      And then we practice it and some days he feels up to the challenge of dealing with the world dressed as he wishes (within reason – we don’t let him wear anything that our daughter wouldn’t be allowed to wear which means, no costume jewelry or party dresses to school, etc) and other days he doesn’t and he wears clothes that won’t stand out.

      It’s so tough! And it breaks my heart when he comes up with a situation that hurt his feelings but we haven’t had any instances of repeat bullying yet (meaning no one person has said something mean more than once) and he still has the strength to be himself for now.

    • T, have you read Raising My Rainbow? Really great blog by a mom with a gender creative son!

    • Katie says...

      You sound like such an awesome mother, T. Thank you for sharing this! My kids are under two and a half, but I will remember your thoughtful words for when they are a bit older if this issue arises.

    • Chantel says...

      I agree that the best way to approach this delicate issue is to make your son aware of what might happen if he wears a suit to school while not discouraging him from doing so. So you might say to him that kids may make comments or tease him about wearing a suit but if that doesn’t bother him then go for it!

    • Lisa says...

      T, it sounds like you are doing an awesome job of guiding your son and prepping him for others’ possible reactions. Good on you!

  110. Lara says...

    Whenever I imagine having babies, I always assumed I would prefer having girls. Your stories with Toby (and Anton) make me look forward to having boys, too.

    Looking forward to the next post with their quotes :)

    • I completely agree! I have 2 little girls and a boy on the way and I love these adorable boy stories! Your kids are so sweet Joanna!

    • Em says...

      Totally unrelated but slightly similar? I always thought I wanted a girl dog. Well, the dog I ended up adopting is, in fact, a boy. And I love him just as much as I imagined myself loving a little girl dog. I always thought I’d like a female dog’s temperament better but nope… I’m more than 100 percent happy with my scruffy yet totally smart and hilarious little dude.

  111. Sarah says...

    My boys are into Bear Grylls shows these days. After one episode they re-enacted surviving an avalanche using all the pillows off the couch. Last winter, they were enthralled with Bob Ross. They just wanted to go home, watch some Bob Ross, and chill. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahaha

  112. Very cute and funny indeed! My son, now 6 is seemingly more into girls but also science stuff. Last year he was like “we don’t like girls, mummy, we are boys”. And now apparently every day at lunch they talk about girls with the other boys and it seems that they all have more than 1 girlfriend… so funny. I wonder what he’ll be into, next year when he’s 7???

  113. This is theeeee funniest thing I have heard lately. That Toby!

    Currently expecting my first baby and just this weekend my husband and I were saying how maybe the thing we are most excited about is how our children will undoubtedly make us laugh. I cannot wait.

  114. Gina says...

    Oh my gosh, that is the cutest, funniest thing ever! Toby is awesome!

  115. Bethany says...

    This just made my day. So stinkin cute.

  116. KylieO says...

    1. Our kids love that movie and so do I! And 2. Toby is hilarious!!

  117. Sarah-Jane Pritchard says...

    So cute! Then I opened up the link with Toby wearing a blazer. He has a band-aid on his head in some of those photos too, even cuter!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, haha, i had forgotten about that! you’re right!

  118. Betty Ryland says...

    Adorable…and the little guy in the red shirt in the film pic with the van and the family, actually looks a lot like Toby, too!

  119. Teree says...

    Firstly, I love that movie. Also? I love Toby…what an interesting kid.

  120. Jennie says...

    They are so funny! My nearly 7 year old is currently into having abs (watching too much Spider-Man!) it’s funny but also am trying not to think of the body image part of it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that is so cute! four-year-old anton is obsessed with his “muscles” (such as they are:) i think it’s totally normal. your son sounds adorable!

  121. Abby C. says...

    That is the most adorable thing I’ve ever heard!

  122. Melissa S. says...

    Cutest story ever.

  123. Mollie says...

    Ok this is hilarious! Also, not related to the super cute Toby story at all, but have you seen 13 Reasons Why? It’s SO GOOD and also this same actor plays the lead and weirdly enough is wearing a band-aid on his forehead throughout most of the show. Is he typecast as “kid with band-aid on head”??

    • Rachel says...

      HA! I thought the same thing!

    • katie says...

      TOTALLY haha!!! Why the bandaid in so many different roles!?!

  124. Brooke says...

    I’m dying!!

  125. Toby is my favorite kid and I don’t even know him. He inspires me to be more of myself and lean into what I like no matter what.

  126. Sarah says...

    Oh my gosh, this wins as the cutest Internet thing of the day.

  127. Katie. H says...

    This just about melt my heart…