Sometimes even the best kids can be total pills, like when you want to take them somewhere fun and they just want to spend another day zoning out on their phones and tablets.
When Cassie and Chris Langan asked their three kids -- ages 17, 13 and 10 -- to go on a day trip (including a stop at the beach) two of the kids opted out because it sounded “boring.” So, the parents did what probably no one expected: they brought their one willing child (the 13-year-old) and the family modem for a day of fun in the sun in Southern Australia.
The modem, which was "overworked," according to Cassie's Facebook post, had a grand day out -- it stuck its toes in the sand, grabbed lunch, went to a model train village and even played a few games at the fair. Best of all, it didn't need to listen to three kids "bicker."
The Langans’ middle son, who was along for the ride, was mortified by all the impromptu photo shoots and “thought we were 'idiots,'" Cassie wrote.
As for the kids stuck at home, instead of drowning in TikTok rabbit holes and zoning out to Youtube film festivals, the Langans were happy to come home and see the 17-year-old had cleaned her room and hung out with her baby brother, who was bit jealous of all the fun the modem had without him.
“He said that it wasn't fair -- that we hate him and love the modem more -- and stormed off to his room."
Eventually, all their kids found humor in the situation. We’re guessing the next time their parents ask them to go somewhere, they won’t say no.
Let's hear it for the parents of the year, who found a way to outsmart their kids. We have much to learn from this innovative couple.