Have you ever really taken the time to listen to what your kids are saying? I find that the funniest part of my day usually comes from conversations I have with my kids. There is something pure and joyful from these interactions.
Kids are always saying things that they shouldn't. Having three kids, sometimes I find myself in very embarrassing situations due to comments my children make. "Mommy, why is that ladies butt so big?" or "Mommy, where did that mans hair go?
My son was helping make up the weekly shopping list. His items included Oreos, chips, tomato soup and-surprisingly-Weight Watchers meals. I told him that he really did not need to eat diet foods. He answered, "I know; those are for you."
The second mom or dad has a distraction, the kids will likely view this as a challenge to their ability to hold mom or dad's FULL attention, no matter what the circumstance. And believe me, they will accept this challenge and it will be awkward for the parent.
My son charmed most of the kids except for one boy who was playing by himself. This kid's dad was standing behind him and completely absorbed with texting. Not being one to ever give up on making new friends, my son tried to play with the shy boy. But he got dad blocked.
I wanted to mention a couple recent gems from my own 8 year-old twin girls, Anza and Josie. They have reached that age where their "cuffs" can come from innocence or cleverness. I'll begin with the innocent.