Kids' Most Annoying Obsessions, Ranked

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Kids' Most Annoying Obsessions, Ranked

By Leah Maxwell

One of the great joys of parenting is watching your kids fall in love with something they just can’t get enough of. The sparkles in their eyes and the smiles on their faces are heartwarming and contagious, reminding us of what it was like when we were young and so full of enthusiasm for things that...well, they probably drove our parents nuts too. Yes, if there were an official parenting manual, there’d be a whole chapter on dealing with your kids’ weird fixations. Here’s our countdown of the most annoying kid obsessions:

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#8: Any super-specific brand of food that comes in a super-specific flavor and a super-specific type of packaging, which you of course can count on to be discontinued any day now because isn’t that what always happens?

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#7: The electronic (or worse, musical) toy that makes that sound. You know the sound. It’s the one you hear in the background of all your nightmares.

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#6: That one article of clothing your kid fell madly in love with -- one rip, two stains, and three years ago, back when it actually fit her.

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Cartoon Characters

#5: The cartoon character that you now have to recreate in cake form because nothing less than a three-dimensional edible replica will do for the birthday kid.

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TV Shows

The TV show with the annoying theme song whose earworm staying power is so strong that every time you catch yourself humming it in the shower you wish you could scrub your brain with a loofah to make it stop.

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And speaking of tunes, remember that song you fell in love with and then introduced to your kids because you thought they might like it? TWO THOUSAND listens later, you now understand that this is why we can’t have nice things.

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Trains, because it doesn’t mean just buying a modest clutch of miniature choo-choos and maybe a cute caboose throw pillow for the kid’s bed. No, it means converting your entire basement into an elaborate “trainscape” and spending every weekend at a different train-themed attraction with your full-scale butt wedged into a 1/4-scale seat.

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Collectible Toys

#1: Any toy that comes packaged with the words “Collect them all!” which your kid considers a direct order rather than a mere suggestion. Kiss your dollars goodbye as you spend them on 800 sliiiiightly different pieces of plastic!

What annoying things are your kids obsessed with these days?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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