Parents on the social news website Reddit were asked: What is the creepiest thing your young child has ever said to you?
Parents were more than happy to oblige, with anecdotes ranging from the hysterically bizarre to the downright unsettling.
“I was tucking in my two-year-old,” said user ‘UnfortunateBirthMark’. “He said ‘Goodbye dad.’ I said, ‘No we say good night.’ He said, ‘I know. But this time it’s goodbye.”
“Had to check on him a few times to make sure he was still there,” the startled parent added.
The Reddit user ‘thingsimeanttobe’ posted this comment: “My five-year-old at the time had night terrors and would scream in her sleep. One night I said ‘mama’s here it’s okay’. She looked right at me still asleep and screamed ‘mama? But who is that behind you?'”
Other responses included a seven-year-old’s worrying approach to dating.
User ‘Abluesxs’ said she asked her son: “What’s the best way to get a girlfriend?” The response: “Tell her to be my girlfriend or she’ll never see her parents again.”
Redditor ‘Psalm-96’ related a story about his four-year-old daughter waking him up at 6am, leaning in and whispering the words: “I want to peel all your skin off”.
‘Psalm-96’ explained that he had recently been sunburnt on holiday.
Another user, ‘NotTomPettysGirl’, shared a story from when her three-year-old son was with his grandmother: “He was cuddling with her and being very sweet. He takes her face in his hands, brings his face close to hers, then tells her that she’s very old and will die soon.
“Then he makes a point of looking at the clock.”
The user ‘Like-I-was-sayin’ described his three-year-old daughter’s chilling comment about her newborn brother: “[She] looked at him for a while then turned and looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, it’s a monster we should bury it’.”
“Congratulations on giving birth to the antichrist,” another Redditor replied.