10 Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way

1. Fire really is hot.

2. You shouldn’t mess with cats.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #2: You shouldn't mess with cats.via 4gifs.com

3. There’s a reason for not jumping on the furniture.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #3: Don't Jump on the table.via imgur.com

4. You can’t trust everyone.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #4: You can't trust everyone.via 4gifs.com

5. It’s not smart to annoy your brother.  

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #5: It's not smart to annoy your brothervia imgur.com

6. Or your sister.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #6: It's not smart to annoy your sistervia gifak.net

7. Too much sugar can make you crazy.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #7: Too much sugar can make you crazyvia weknowgifs.com

8. Affection isn’t always returned.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #8: Affection isn't always returnedvia 4gifs.com

9. You do need to look where you’re going.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #9: Look where you're goingvia gifbin.com

10. Your parents don’t always know what they’re doing.

Lessons Kids Learn The Hard Way #10: Your parents have no idea what they're doingvia gifbin.com

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SOA fan 8 months ago

Mom of Three Boys- the fact that your cat’s name is Tig Trager made my night! You’re awesome!

Mom of Three Boys 1 year ago

The cat one makes me appreciate our family’s cat all the more. My boys are in no way gentle with him: they pick him up upside down, they carry him around like a sack of potatoes, the little one gets all. up. in. his. face. and he has never tried to scratch/attack/bite/run away from any of it. He purrs the whole time. Best. Cat. Ever. so, shout out to our Tig Trager the cat!

Kristy Hughes 2 years ago

Number 5 is the Shaytard kids, and I don’t think he hit her that hard. But, that is the story of my life with a 2 year old and 9 year old. The 2 year old is starting to hold his own and the 9 year old doesn’t like it– lol.

Mc D Britton 2 years ago


Irene Joy Sapon 2 years ago

#7!!! hahaha!!!

Christi Monson 2 years ago

I am assuming that if any serious or lasting injury occured, then even the most callous parent would not have shared any of these in the first place… therefore… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s funny because it’s TRUE.

Jennifer Floyd 2 years ago

Lol. The kid did deserve the whopping from the cat.

Kimberly Wilson Parsons 2 years ago

Sparks, #7 made me do a double-take…

Desirae Shaw 2 years ago

As for number 10, your parents may know, but you need, obviously, to learn the hard way.

Life as a Morticians Wife 2 years ago

That’s definitely learning the hard way

Heather Mann Taylor 2 years ago

It frightens me that people didn’t laugh at some of these. What’s wrong with your sense of humor people? Geeeez.

Julie Pearl Puckett 2 years ago

Very funny,just real life!!

Lisa Slinkard 2 years ago

So glad I have a sense of humor…

Leslie Epstein 2 years ago

Glad the cat did what it did. Kid deserved it.

Katie Thomas 2 years ago

Buttsplinters galore…

Michelle Blood 2 years ago

Omg lol

Aerin Gunn 2 years ago

Clearly I’m going to hell because I laughed my ass off. Anyone else joining me? I hear the air conditioning is broken but there’s a lot of insane parties!

Denise Louise Stewart 2 years ago

That kid should of been pulled away from that cat as soon as it had it’s back up! I’ve been attacked by an old cat of mine. Poor kid will get it all the time now. Some of these weren’t funny just plain stupid parenting!! There’s learning the hard way and putting your kid in stupid situations! Don’t get me wrong i like a giggle

Colette Cadd 2 years ago

Are these supposed to be funny? Can’t believe people want gifs of their kids being hurt on the internet.

    Irene Joy Sapon 2 years ago

    i thought this was funny. being a mom of three and witnessing my kids’ oops and bumps and who knows what even you’re right next to them. lighten up! geez! we live in a scary world. why not laugh at something once in a while.

Denise Romeo 2 years ago

Omg! It’s hard growing up! Lol

Debra Alcorn 2 years ago

Is that princesstard and brocktard on the top right corner?

Michelle Oliver 2 years ago

Number 5 was from the Shay Tards!

Tramequa Surratt 2 years ago


Heather 2 years ago

I was horrified by several of these! Am I the only one? The cat one is just horrendous. The table dancing, it looks like she broke her ankle. The one with the kid riding into the tree – he WAS looking where he was going and clearly didn’t know how to steer away from the tree therefore smashed his face! These made my stomach hurt, and not from laughing.

    Krys 2 years ago

    :) I was too. You aren’t alone. But I don’t usually find real injury funny anyway, even though I’d say I have a pretty open-minded sense of humor.

    Dawn 1 year ago

    Me too- I’m shocked that other moms found these funny- most made me wince and wonder how the child ended up. I guess we’re all different…

lololol 2 years ago

The last one is hilarious! I hope the little girl is ok, but boy is that quite the experiment gone wrong! ROFL!

Katie @ The Surly Housewife 2 years ago

I have the whole house ROFL at this!! My daughters are totally number 5. My youngest takes it and takes it and takes it. One of these days she will snap lol. Thanks for posting and sharing :)

Stephanie Diamond 2 years ago

My daughter’s been obsessed with “Singing in the Rain” and wants to know why they get to jump on the furniture and call it dancing, but she can’t.

    SCB 2 years ago

    Because the movies aren’t Real Life, so it’s safer to steer clear of anything your parents tell you not to do — unless a director yells “cut!” and you get a check and a percentage of the profits.

BeNiceToLittles 2 years ago

I love this list and i did laugh. But I HATE that cat/kid gif. I’ve seen it on YouTube and -yeah, I’m totally judging- that is terrible parenting. The kid is crying and scared because the cat is scratching him; the cat is scratching the kid to protect itself because the kid is messing with him, and the goldarn mom is filming and laughing the entire time. It’s horrible.

    blahblah98 2 years ago

    I grew up w/ cats’n dogs’n gerbils’n fish’n siblings’n etc… Mess w/ animals, they’ll teach you a lesson on the spot. I don’t resent any of those lessons, there was no one to blame but me, and I still loved them all dearly.
    Lesson 2: try to earn their trust back. Having your pet exclude you from their play is tough.
    Lesson 3: when your pet gets old, low-energy, in pain, and eventually dies, the fleeting importance of life & love are revealed to full impact. You resolve to be better to the loved ones around you.
    There’s a lot we can learn from animals; I wish more of us did.

      ArtRach 2 years ago

      Heck, one of my brother’s favorite stories is the origin story of his facial scar – how he mistook the hole under the dogs tail for a pencil sharpener. He still speaks fondly of that dog to this day.

    undrgrndgirl 2 years ago

    that’s the best one. i’m betting mom/dad has told the kid to stop teasing the cat over and over and over again. sometimes the best lesson is the one learned first hand. and the kid TOTALLY deserved it!

      Missy 2 years ago

      Actually, in the video, you can hear a couple people convincing the child to hit the cat, and then laughing after the cat attacks him. It is bad parenting, and it’s actually kind of hard to watch in context.

Mary 2 years ago

Omg that last one… we did that. But it worked. Crib mattresses are the key- they’re much stiffer than regular ones.

Pretty sure that’s an older sib at the top of the stairs. lol


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