Kids get up to funny, insightful, and surprising things on a regular basis. They’re curious, they’re experimenting, and yes, they can often seem to have a death wish – but as a parent, some of those candid pictures are the best memories we’re gonna get of what it was really like to live with littles.

Thank goodness for camera phones!

These 12 parents pulled off some pretty perfect shots, too – it pays to be in the right place at the right time!

12. What even are rules these days?

11. Oh my land, those beautiful floors.

10. These kids are totally going up for adoption.

9. Sir, I do believe there’s something on your head…

Working from home… from funny

8. Everyone knows cardboard boxes are the best toys.

I’m regretting panic buying $100 worth of Legos to end up with my children ignoring them and instead playing with a cardboard box and a can lid for the last 2 hours. from funny

7. This would be cuter if it wasn’t paint.

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Using my tears to clean the crusted green paint speckled all over our house. #kidsaretheworst I didn’t post this on Wednesday when it happened because it was NOT funny yet. #art #no #washyourhands Update: There was a 1-ft wide trail of green paint around our entire island. The majority of the paint was cleaned up but it is still on the couch seams and floor cracks and random places we’ve washed but haven’t rewashed yet. Thank you for all the good vibes sent our way. 😂

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6. What, that’s not productive?

Work from Home 😀 from funny

5. Time to break out the board games. That’ll teach ’em.

Day 2 of 6 week break and my kid already broke our tv from KidsAreFuckingStupid

4. Good thing that iPad is there to distract her.

Day 2 working from home with this little terror from KidsAreFuckingStupid

3. That’s one way to get your older kids to leave you alone!

Tired of your kids barging in while you try to get some work done at home? Underwear on the doorknob works wonders! from funny

2. Kids these days have no respect!

While the world is fighting over TP, my toddler is giving ours a bath. from KidsAreFuckingStupid

1. Raising those little nerds right, I see!

I run a DnD campaign for my 5 and 3 year old. Here is our health and initiative tracker. [OC] from DnD

I love watching and listening to my kids when they don’t know I’m there. Sure, it’s a little creepy, but it’s where I hear all of the best material.

What’s the cutest/funniest thing you’ve ever caught your kiddos doing when they thought you weren’t looking?

I’m sure you’ve got some good stories to share in the comments!