The Kid Dictionary

This is an awesome book that every parent needs to read! Thank you, Eric Ruhalter, for sharing with Birthday Party Ideas 4 Kids how it all got started.

The Kid Dictionary


“The Kid Dictionary: “Hilarious Words to Describe the Indescribable Things Kids Do”

by Eric Ruhalter

The kids were not behaving. Not unusual. It was 2 minutes until the school bus would arrive to pick them up. They had no shoes or socks on, no homework in their backpacks and their teeth were yet to be brushed. And there was no indication, after repeated coaxing and pleading, that they were about to do what needed to be done. That’s when my wife raised her voice, and began counting – “ONE!!! …. TWO!!!!….. “ And just like that, the kids all hopped to it and quickly got ready and out the door.

Why? Because my wife was counting? What would happen if she had gotten to “THREE”? We don’t know, because we’ve never gotten to Three. This mysteriously effective threat is something we began to refer to as “THREEMAGEDDON.” It’s a cross between “Armageddon” and the number “Three.”

On another occasion, I was preparing to vacuum our minivan, a ritual I get around to every 3 or 4 years. When I lifted out the car seats, the volume of gunk and crumbs and litter and debris was astounding. I call that mess of stuff – “KIDDLES” because there’s currently no other word for it. Except “Gross.”

Once I got started the vast quantity of child-related phenomena in need of words started pouring out uncontrollably. It was like opening the floodgates (or severing an artery). The aftermath in the cutlery drawer when you let your 3-year-old empty the dishwasher is a “SPOONAMI.” The site on a child’s body where you placed a bandage when they got hurt, though did not bleed is an “INVISIBOOBOO,” and so on and so forth.

Other examples of words brought to life in The KidDictionary: A Book of Words Parents Need But Don’t Have include:

WISHJACK (WISH-jahk) v.: To maliciously blow out the candles on another child’s birthday cake.

MONOPOLOOZE (mo-NAH-puh-looze) v.: To intentionally lose a board game to an unsportsmanlike child.

SLEDENTARY (SLEDD-en-tehr-ee) adj.: A child’s state of being so bundled up to face the winter elements that they cannot move.

INVISIBOOBOO (in-VIZ-uh-boo-boo) n: – The site on a child’s body where you unnecessarily applied a Band-Aid to appease them when they got hurt, though did not bleed.

The beauty of The Kid Dictionary turned out to be, not just finding the humor in these child-related situations, but in capturing the essence of interactions within the all-too-fleeting time we have with our children. As we all know, the time spent with our children certainly does fly by. Except, of course, when it doesn’t.

Eric Ruhalter is the creator of “The Kid Dictionary: “Hilarious Words to Describe the Indescribable Things Kids Do” Watch the funny book trailers to see more of The Kid Dictionary at

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