Emma Waverman writes about the chaos of modern family life in the kitchen and out of it. She has a weekly food column on CBC Radio One, Here & Now. She is the co-author of the family cookbook Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and Families Who Love Them and is hoping to one day finish her certification as a parenting coach. She lives with her three kids, ranging from tween to university student, and husband in Toronto. Emma has written for a variety of national lifestyle magazines and newspapers. When she's is not making typos, telling you what she thinks, and thinking about dinner, you can find her on Twitter at @emmawaverman and Instagram. You can contact Emma at embracingchaos@hotmail.ca.

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What Have Your Kids Ruined Lately?

No one moves through parenthood unscathed.The mental and physical toll starts as soon as the sperm hits the egg. First to go is those nightly glasses of wine, then modesty, then the wardrobe, the hope of ever having a bikini body, and the hits just keep on coming. What if you dared to document all those things that your kids have wrecked, smashed, ruined, drawn on, peed on, stretched out, or just worn down beyond recognition?

Well, a website is taking submissions. Shit My Kids Ruined is a compendium of photos sent in from parents showing the damage that has been waged against their homes and in some cases their bodies and their dreams.

Some of my favourites (courtesy of Shit My Kids Ruined) :

tumblr_kz2zex4Cww1qbotufo1_r1_500[1]Of the many parts of me they’ve ruined, I miss my brain the most.

tumblr_kyzbkjVuKD1qbotufo1_500[1]Oh, no you too?

Holy Moly

I thought about taking some photos to add to their site: but I just couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of the third bowl out of our wedding set that was broken the other day, nor could I take a picture of my “bitch wrinkle” which is sharing space with some pretty ugly zits. My husband was about to take a picture of the wall with permanent marker written on it, but he finds it too depressing to even discuss. There is also the permanent zinc cream lines incorporated into our bathroom floor after my daughter covered her feet in diaper cream and walked all over the house. I have a couple friends contemplating sending in some photos of their ruined breasts, we’ll see if they work up the courage.

But if you would like to add some photos to their site, the moderator would just love it, send them to: MyKidsRuined@gmail.com As they say, “contribute, it’s therapeutic”.

Reader Comments (6)

I will have to find the picture of the "mural" on my bedroom wall painted with 6 bottles of nail polish the day Grandpa was babysitting....
March 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
I'm taken aback that anyone would think the broken superheroes are anything but that!! Did you actually go to the site? It's a very straight-forward collection of $hit Kids have Ruined. If you have children, you most likely have broken action figures or dolls. Right? All this red/green coding stuff is reading in waaaaaay too much imo.
March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymommy
I wish I had known about this so I could have documented the damage. Thanks for the great piece!
April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLara Sanders Fordis
What a hoot. One day I came home to a bedroom completely covered in sewing thread and action figures suspended all over the room. It stayed that way for close to two weeks, and even then I didn't have the heart to take it down. Then there was the hockey puck man, put together with pieces of legos, bionicles and melted army men. My son is now looking at a career as a welder and I wish I still had that hockey puck man.Some "experiments" can really hurt, however it lend to a moment of teaching and a memory of a lifetime.
April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlice
Where were you guys 25 years ago? I had 4 kids in 6 years, and they tore the house and yard apart! If I had a picture to share of the most impressive demolition they did, it would have to be the ammo can they blew up. And a picture of my son's ear, the one that was deaf for many days or weeks after he blew up the ammo can. He didn't tell me he had deafened himself until years later. By then he had his hearing back. There are just so many things they don't warn you about when you're pregnant with your first child and blissfully looking forward to being a loving, doting mother.
October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
Such is life, accidents happen and children will try anything they think of if unattended for any length of time! I don't recall my daughter ruining anything that I would consider valuable... it was usually someone else's child at my house who's parent was not watching them!
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

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