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Hypo-kid-dria (How Kids Present Illness and Injury to Parents)


Hypo-kid-dria How a Kid Reacts to Mom and Dad about Illnesses and Inuries

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We’ve shown you a mother’s hypochondria (fearing the worst of a child’s illness or injury) with Hypo-mom-dria. With our Hyper-dad-dria illustration, we completed the parental picture by showing you a dad’s “put duct tape on it and walk it off” style of failing to see anything wrong. We figured it was time to focus on kids.

Everyone knows each kid is going to react differently to any given accident or ailment. But this is an examination of the intriguing fact that, whatever their reaction is, their behavior and description of it will be greatly affected by who it is being shown or described to. Mom or Dad.

It may be sobbing and wailing for one parent and then controlled tones and explanations of “something my eye” for the next. Sometimes things get bigger and worse or they get smaller and better, there’s no real pattern.

By using the highly scientific process of stereotyping and over-simplification of these variable reactions, we are able to visualize this concept here so you too can enjoy the fun of being smarter.


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17 Responses to “Hypo-kid-dria (How Kids Present Illness and Injury to Parents)”

  1. Amit says:

    So you suggesting the moms are hysterical? naaaaaaa
    My girls, actually, as a girls to a divorce parents took this react-to-the-current-parent and perfect it to an art.. (it doesn’t matter if this parent is male or female..)

    • andy says:

      True true. It can go any way. Playing it up or playing it down, to either parent or to other people. Round and round they go, how a kid will react nobody knows!

  2. Huerta says:

    You’re tempting me to do a teacher version of this!

  3. Paulo says:

    Nailed it! This is exactly something I or my brother would have presented to my parents and how they would have reacted! It’s like you guys live inside my head or something. Scary. But in a good way. πŸ™‚

  4. Annie says:

    My poor daughter has a father who is a Marine aka “take some motrins and do some push ups to get that motrin in your system faster” then her mother is an Air Force Veteran “Ummm yep sounds like you need some motrin or take a moment to walk that off.” Although this made me laugh so hard because even though we rarely react to any of this stuff she still acts like she is dying. Today she slipped and then screamed that she needed to go to the doooocterrrr. (truth is she just likes the toys at the doctors office.)

  5. I remember in high school my wrestling coach would say if your arm isn’t hanging off and spurting blood then get back in there and finish the match. one time one of the heavyweights came off the mat crying that he couldn’t finish. Coach sent him back in. he gave up and got pinned two seconds later. Turns out he had three broken ribs. Oh well. walk it off baby!

  6. This is classic. I usually just appealed to the parent who was more likely to care. You need to do one about doctors. I had a broken wrist for a month because the doctor told my parents I was just trying to get attention. It is a testament to my parents that they put up with a whingeing 8 year old for 3 weeks before they decided an x-ray was the only thing that would shut me up. 20 years later I still hold it over my mum.

    • andy says:

      Smart: “the parent who was more likely to care.” OMG! Sounds like you got yourself the golden ticket of experiences to hold over the parents! Ha ha ha!

      A doctor version would be kind of random though. Think about it, some of them just hand out antibiotics, a lollipop and pat on the ass on the way out when your eyes are bleeding and some are ready to perform open-heart surgery through your anus if you cough funny.

  7. Amy says:

    I would have to disagree with this one guys πŸ™‚ My husband is WAY more of a hypochondriac than I am…I show little sympathy when our kids get hurt…he overreacts big time. But I also show zero sympathy towards him if he is hurt/sick and call him a p*ss πŸ™‚

    • andy says:

      Ha ha ha ha! Yeah, sometimes it’s turned the other way, but we had to reduce it to stereotypes in order to present it as an illustration that would microwave anyone’s brain with too much complexity. πŸ˜‰

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