Little Boy Destroys Parents’ Life Savings

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Kids, as you all very well know, have sticky fingers. No, I’m talking about the culprits behind your tablet having a half-inch layer of food caked on the screen, I’m talking about those little teeny, tiny fingers getting into things that would probably serve them best to avoid. (My sister once got her paws on some perfume that my mom bought in France—she drank it.)

Children’s hands know no bounds. Rocks aren’t safe from being eaten; insects aren’t safe from being tasted; magazines aren’t safe from being wrinkled and drooled on; and food isn’t safe from being eaten messily.

You know what else isn’t safe from little hands?

Oh, I dunno—your life savings!

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So, a little guy in China was just doing what babies do; he was crawling around on the floor, searching for whatever he could get his hands on. His parents had tons of old books laying around, solely for the purpose of being ripped up.

Yeah. His parents actually bought old books so he could rip them up. So, while searching for large amounts of paper to tear into, he hit the jackpot.

But seriously. He hit the jackpot.

Underneath his parents’ bed was tons of paper—paper with numbers, pretty colors, and a nice portrait of Mao Zedong. What little guy wouldn’t want to tear up the prettiest and most expensive paper he could find?

Actually, he probably couldn’t have cared less about how much it cost. But his parents sure did!

Those little pieces of paper with Chairman Mao’s face on them added up to almost $5000 dollars that Momma and Papa were planning on using for a deposit on a new apartment. At least they had enough kindling for a fire to burn their dreams of a new apartment, right?

Thank goodness, no! They were actually able to find a bank that would swap the torn bills for some nice, new money—money that will more than likely be hidden a little bit higher than the reach of little hands.

Let this be a lesson to you: don’t train your child to tear paper as an extracurricular activity.

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Has your child ever destroyed something important while playing? 

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Little Boy Destroys Parents’ Life Savings

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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7 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Way would you let your baby rip up paper not that smart then they let the baby go where ever the baby wants without a parent with him let alone the put money under there bed or where ever it was that the baby could reach and expect him not to rip it. Will that’s what you get when u just let them do what ever and btw not very good parenting on there behalf

  2. Jules says:

    The fact that they let their kid wander into rooms without them even knowing and watching him is also a danger. Kids can get hurt too. What if he’d ingested the paper and choked on it? It’s never wise to let your kid wander around unattended, especially at that young age. Unless you know where they are and that the room they’re in is safe from things that can hurt them (like fall on them)- don’t just let them wander around and get into whatever they want. You can’t keep an eye on them 24/7, I know, but still, be smarter than that. =/

  3. LIZ says:

    kids are kids, you are the one that have to watch out

  4. Samantha says:

    I agree, why would you teach your child to rip up books? That is not ok with my personal parenting. Also why in the world would you leave $5000 where a baby can get to it and have it ripped? Wouldn’t you keep it hidden in a drawer or a safe place? Strange if you ask me…

  5. Wiley says:

    As I was reading, I kept thinking, why would you be training and conditioning your child to rip up things? I can think of plenty of low cost, amusing toys, things to push and roll around. At least they were able to salvage their savings.

  6. Christine says:

    Wow, I learned a lesson here. I need to put my expensive items in high places.

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