25 Photos of Unattended Children Being…Let’s Just Say Cheeky


You know the type of pictures we’re talking about. The ones where it’s hilarious because it wasn’t your child, your couch, your car, your home… 

Well, yep. Here’s 25 of the most horrifying images we’ve seen online proving if your house is very, very quiet someone’s likely up to no good. Never assume silence is golden. Silence is a nature’s non existent alarm bell for ‘your kid is unattended and sh*ts going down…‘ There’s 25 parents (who took these photos) that we guarantee will agree with us. You have been warned!

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Bringing home renovations to a standstill these two boys have really taken the white on white trend to a whole new level.

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Just like the storyline from Frozen, it appears to have snowed unexpectedly inside the house. I think it will be harder to ‘Let it go…’ though. Bean bag beans; a mum’s clean up nightmare since forever.




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For over 80 years Sudocreme has been every mother’s secret weapon – and worst nightmare. This miracle product is more hellish than heaven-sent when it falls into small yet determined hands. Image credit.
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Last Christmas’ hottest toy is a tear-inducing disaster when combined with children’s gorgeous, fine locks. An Amazon reviewer went as far as describing them as ‘The toy you give someone if you hate their child…’ Pass me the scissors, there’s no turning back. Image credit.

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I don’t think there’s a parent alive that’s never dealt with the ‘bloody hell, that shouldn’t be in the toilet‘ problem. The biggest question is always what are you actually prepared to salvage from the sewer and what do you declare an instant write-off? The toothbrush situation? There’s not even discussion on this one. Bin. As for the bath (below) not quite as sinister but equally annoying, bringing new and literal meaning to ‘waterproof mascara’. Image credit.

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And boy do they spreeeeaaaaad. From peanut butter to Nutella, these two have painted up a storm with their favourite sandwich fillings. Sticky like tar and a challenge to clean for any domestic goddess I can only feel relieved that it’s Nutella and not pooh smearing that we’re witnessing…

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So, <GAG> we spoke too soon. The pooh painters were, of course, bound to make an appearance in the photo evidence of worst unattended crimes committed by children. This poor kid is so exhausted by his efforts he’s fallen asleep, you almost feel sorry for him. But, nup, I can’t even look at this image without my stomach heaving… and imagine being the poor parent who walked into this room and discovered it… Image credit.

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Whoever said arts and crafts was good, clean fun clearly never experienced a waist-high juvenile delinquent with a texta in full flight. Funny how you practically have to beg them to sit and colour in but heaven help you if you leave them unattended or with the family pooch – everyone’s suddenly a budding Pro Hart. Image credit top, Image credit bottom.

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It’s almost a miracle of science how a small amount of liquid seems like a full blown tsunami when spilled. So when these little people unleashed full two-litres of liquid it must have induced flood level proportions. Points to the little girl with the juice for persistence, when you’re thirsty, you’re thirsty… Image credit.
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There’s always that moment where you think unattended children couldn’t do much worse than we’ve shared. And then they can. Nothing says, I Love You Dad like a screwdriver in the side of your duco. Image credit. As for these two muddly little mates (below), well you wouldn’t be delighted but compared to little Miss and her more permanent efforts we’ll declare their mischief forgivable.


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From pads to nail polish, lipstick to mascara if it’s ‘mummy’s’ it’s anything but actually yours – or private. Pretty much, declaring it your own literally makes it common property. These kids prove that when creativity is on your side and you’re gloriously unattended there’s more than one use for any household item…

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Mother-of-two. Tea lover. Lego Ninja. Expert in carpet Play Dough extraction. Victoria Louis is a 30-something writer based in Sydney, NSW. A former marketing manager who loves to laugh there’s no topic she won’t explore. Victoria is full of opinion, big on kindness and believes the day is always better with a dash of lipstick.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar of Blossom

    There are some things you never leave in reach of children.
    A panel shop is going to love preparing and re-painting the side of the car with the “sign writing” on it or the doors will rust through. Sanitary Pads remind he of something that happened at a friend’s house when the elderly grandparents etc were visiting. Her young son (he would have been 4 – 5 y.o. at the time) fell over and skin his knee. His Mum told him to go and get a flannel which she was going to wet and clean his knee then put a bandaid on it. He rummaged in the bathroom cabinet, found the santiary pad, stuck it to his knee, went to his Mum very proud of himself.

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