Our Photos of Parent Fails & Genius Wins While Quarantining

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boy and dog playing board game on red carpet floor

Life is…

So uncertain right now. Unpredictable. Crazy. Not at all normal (like Collin already shared). What is normal anyway?! One thing is for sure… we are all doing the very best that we can during such drastic circumstances, but sometimes it’s hard to not feel alone or wonder, “Is my family the only one who does this?!” 🤔

While you certainly are not alone, sometimes you need picture proof or a good laugh from others, so we’ve put together some funny fails and genius wins that our readers shared since quarantining (along with some Hip2Save team moments).

We hope you enjoy, and thank you again to all of our valued readers who allowed us to share their real-life moments and photos – we’re thankful for all of you, always! 💛

Favorite & funny Hip Team moments:

man holding a mug of coffee

“I never realized how loudly one could sip coffee until suddenly my hubby and I had to work next to each other. LOL! Love him regardless though!” – Lina

bulldog sitting in front on camera

“We’ve all been suffering from our bulldog’s horrific smelling farts (more than usual). Thank goodness for candles so it doesn’t always smell like a rotten egg salad sandwich.” – Taylor

building a large indoor kids fort

“So thankful that this kept them busy for the day!” – Lina

Hip Tip: Here’s a bunch of other fun things Lina and her family have been doing to stay busy while quarantined.

woman pointing at empty cake pan

“Anyone else literally feel hangry all the time? I feel like I set off to do something important and productive and then the next thing I know, I’m in the kitchen eating a piece of cake. #hangryproblems

To be honest though, I have really enjoyed the fact that I am baking and cooking meals so much more now. My family is gathering in the kitchen often, and we are actually sitting down for family dinner instead of eating on the run or eating at different times like we often did back before this new “normal”. The conversations we have at the dinner table are so real and so fun. It definitely reminds me to not take the simple things like eating with my family for granted.” ❤️ – Collin

pictures of same dog hanging from string on fireplace mantel

“My son has been obsessing over a dog he saw on a rescue site…I told him no more dogs, so he switched to more subtle tactics like hanging photo prints of the dog all throughout the house. 😬 ” – Michelle 

Genius reader WINS:

girl standing in front of garage with colorful magnets

“Definitely a mom win – Magnatiles on the garage door + matching outfit + great weather.” – Pooja

kid holding a hose at car wash with car mats hanging up on wall

“We wiped the handles off before we touched it, but he had a blast for about $1.50. And bonus, my car mats are sparkling now.” – Stephanie 

girl and boy in car holding scavenger hunts on paper

“Did a driving scavenger hunt and did drive-by visits to all of the grandparents!” – Amanda

Hip Tip: Check out our post on 14 minimal supervision activities for kids, including free printable scavenger hunt clue cards!

sandwich shaped like a school bus sitting on blue plate

“My son requested his food be in the shape of a school bus. And what else am I going to do…???” – Lauren

Hip Tip: Want to get even more crafty at home? Check out these science and craft kits for kids that our team loves!

kids standing and posing in front of tv hanging over fireplace

“Frozen yoga for the win!” – Lisa

black cat on purple leash standing outside on grass

“I’ve reached the point in quarantine where it seemed like walking the cat would be a good idea.” – Sarah

Funny reader FAILS:

man sitting at office desk with tons of kids being busy and loud around him

“My husband has a super strict ‘NO KIDS IN THE OFFICE’ rule. I’ve never whisper-screamed more in my whole life.” – Wendy

toddler boy standing in front of blue wall with red arrow pointing to scratches

“Day one.” – Nicole

tons of various colored legos dumped on ground

“My kids dumped out every LEGO we owned, except it kept them busy for several hours, soooo…” – Samantha

cat sleeping on ipad with blue cover

“Trying to work with the 4 legged kid.” – Stephanie 

child hiding under wood console table

“Son said he needed to get away from me. This is where I found him.” – Heather 

toddler girl pointing and smiling next to minnie mouse puzzle

“We did a puzzle…at 6 AM…” – Amber 

Hip Tip: Need more game ideas? Here’s a list of our favorite board games.

toddler girl with black makeup all over face

“She got into my makeup last night.” – Patty 

boy laying on cement driveway with chalk word fart on ground with hashtag home schooling

“#homeschooling” – Rachel 

Hip Tip: Speaking of chalk… check out this 3 ingredient puffy sidewalk paint that Lina made.

teen boy chopping tree stumps and wood in woods

“Our son thought it was going to be like Spring Break until Dad put him to work. LOL!” – Audrea 

Make sure to check out the latest Coronavirus news, online deals, and freebies here!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

Join The Discussion

Comments 15

  1. Pam

    These are great!!! Thanks for the laughs-we can all use one right now.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome, Pam! Glad you enjoyed these! 😊

  2. Jenn

    Love these!! And that school bus sandwich is adorable!

  3. Beth

    My kids used to dump legos all over like that – genius hack – lay down a blanket and dump the LEGO’s on the blanket. Makes cleanup a breeze as you can just grab the corners and pour them all back in to their tote.

  4. Samanthology

    Love these. My husband has been working from home so we’re getting more time together. We’ve played Mario Party on nintendo switch and we gave my toddler a fake controller, and told him he was one of the computer characters. We cheered for him on “his turns” lol. He had a blast “playing” and actually sat still for an hour, and my husband and I got to do something together. Win-win lol

  5. Amy

    Awesome post! Totally needed the laugh today 🙂

  6. Tamsuz

    The subtle dog pictures and whisper screams especially made me laugh! My kids have been doing the same thing with the hints and now it looks like we will be getting a dog in a few weeks. 🤪 😬 Yeah, I guess we’re suckers. Lots of whisper screaming going on too! 🤫🤫🤫

  7. animity

    Magntiles on the garage, GENIUS!

    • animity

      Wood splitting brings back some good memoires. Your son will look back and be thankful for those tasks someday.

  8. Lisa

    Cosmic kids yoga is great so many themes to choose from!

  9. Tonya S

    Lol!! Love it. Thanks for the laughs 💕. Keep it comin.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Tonya S!

  10. Peaches

    I remember a summer spent splitting wood using 2 wedges and a 10 pound sledgehammer. My sister and I made a game of it trying to split a log with the least number of whacks. Soon all the neighbor kids were there for their chance at glory. Your wood splitting pic brought that memory back and I thank you for it. Good times.

  11. Janet

    These were great. Thanks for the laugh. 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! 💖

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