11 Kids Try to Explain What Their Parents Do at Work All Day -- LOL!

11 Kids Try to Explain What Their Parents Do at Work All Day -- LOL!

Laugh out loud as several kids try to explain their parents’ jobs.

By Judy Koutsky

Trying to explain to your kids what you do for a living can be a challenge. Kids have their own perspective on reality that they bring to a situation. Their worldview, combined with jobs that aren’t exactly easy to explain, makes for some interesting job descriptions. Read below, for the funniest things kids said when explaining what Mom and Dad do all day.

1. “As a travel writer, I’m often on planes. When one of my son’s friends asked where his mom worked, my 5-year-old said, ‘In the sky.’”

2. “My husband is an accountant, so he tells the kids he works with numbers for a living. When the teacher asked my son what his dad did, he said, ‘He counts to 100 over and over.’”

3. “I’m a lawyer and sometimes have to do some work on the weekends. Because it’s too hard to get anything done in my house -- and I don’t want to go all the way into the office -- I often go to [the coffee shop] to do a couple hours of work. When my daughter asks where I’m going, I tell her to [the coffee shop] to do work. Well, I guess I should have explained it better because we were passing [the coffee shop] the other day and my daughter yelled, ‘Is that where you work?’”

4. “I’m a nurse, so I tell my daughter I work in a hospital fixing boo-boos. She was playing dolls and was the mommy. When her friend asked what the mom does, my daughter replied, ‘I fix broken people.’”

5. “I’m an actuary, which is a hard career to explain to kids. After explaining it to my son, he said, ‘You can tell when people die?’”

6. “My husband works in construction. My son thinks he builds everything. Every new house in the neighborhood, my son boasts to his friends, ‘Daddy built that! And that! And that!’”

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7. “I’m a magazine writer, so whenever we pass magazines -- at the doctor’s office, on newsstands, on the plane -- my kids will ask, ‘Do you write this one?’”


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8. “My husband is an investment banker, but my son only hears the banker part. When we went to the teller at the bank, my son said, ‘My dad works here, too.’”

9. “I’m a teacher and my kids know that. But it’s hard in their mind to differentiate their teacher from their mommy. So when someone asks what their mom does they say, ‘She’s a different teacher.’ People just nod and smile, having no idea what my kids mean.”

10. “I’m a librarian. When I took my kids to the library for the first time, they said with wonder, ‘Mommy, you wrote all these books!’”

11. “I’m a stay-at-home mom. When my kids explain to other kids what I do, they say, ‘She’s a mommy -- she does everything.’ I think they nailed it.”

How do your kids explain your job?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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