This happens every time a picture of these nature is shared on the internet.
Firstly, the picture goes viral because the vast majority of parents are sitting behind their computer screen going “Ahahaha, yeah, been there, done that” OR at the very least can go “Oh, I totally can see how that went down”
It’s funny to see that it happened to someone who wasn’t you; either to not feel alone in your own child-related-disaster, or to thank your lucky stars.
I’m more the latter. I’ve been lucky *TOUCH ALL THE WOOD* that my kids haven’t done anything nearly so dramatic. We’ve had the odd texta mark on the wall and a few minor glitter related catastrophes and had my living room toilet papered once or twice, but nothing that couldn’t be cleaned up in a few minutes. Nothing really viral on Facebook worthy.
But every time. EVERY TIME. Each. And. Every. Time. I see these pictures in my newsfeed someone ALWAYS has to ask “BUT WHERE WERE THE PARENTS?!?!” or suggest “This couldn’t possibly have happened in a couple of minutes – they child must have been unsupervised for hours!” and the sanctimonious “MY children have NEVER done anything like this because I supervise them 24/7!”
Given the number of these pictures involve children who were (believed to be) sleeping in cots, I hardly think that parents are literally watching their children all day, and night. Otherwise when do they sleep? Or do they sleep in shifts? Does one parent unblinkingly follows the children around from 7am to 7pm and then the other parent takes the 7pm to 7am shift?
Even then, when do these parents hang up washing? All well and good to take the one child out to the clothes line with you, but what about 2 or 3 or 6. Do you really wrestle all the kids outside and then somehow watch them and actually manage to peg up their clothes?
I imagine taking two or more children into the loo with you when you need to poop would get a little crowded (I don’t know about you, but if I can poop audience free I will)
And what about tending to other siblings needs; like breastfeeding, or reading one child a story, or helping them with their homework, or breaking a squabble between child 1 and 2 while child 3 and 4 get up to mischief?
Even if you do somehow manage to supervise your child’s every moment – sleeping or awake – surely you can understand how it’s tempting when you can hear your child(ren) playing happily in another room to think; right I’ll just quickly get these dishes done while they’re occupied. Or drink a cup of coffee while it’s hot. Or make a phone call. Or whatever else, because you think you’ve got a minute…. and then realise that “playing nicely together” means that they were drawing all over each others faces.
I mean, even if that’s not what you’d do personally, at least it should be understandable.
And yeah, ideally the permanent markers, scissors and paint is kept well out of the kids reach (but small ones can be resourceful little mountain goats sometimes) and yeah, it would be great if you could teach your child that “walls are not for drawing on”, but they’re kids. Stuff happens.
Bottom line. Be kinder to each other. You never know when it’ll be you fishing out something your toddler threw in the toilet.