As a new survey reveals the silliest things children have done, Linda Stewart asks well known NI figures to confess their own embarrassing memories and reveal the escapades their kids have got up to.
The BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster (45), who lives on the north coast with husband Ralph (50), and children Tara (14), Dan (12) and Eve (4), says:
"One of the worst things I did apparently when I was two and a half was that for some reason I decided to liberate my mum's jewellery box. I flushed all my mum's jewellery down the toilet including her engagement ring - we never found it. I'm amazed that she still speaks to me. She said there was no point shouting and going crazy so she just stood there and cried.
As for my own children, when my son was about a year old, my husband was drinking a green smoothie and our son reached for it. Ralph didn't think anything of it and handed it over - Dan drank the entire bottle. We put him in the front of the trolley and went around the supermarket, and I thought, 'What is that stuff on the floor?' Unfortunately it was a trail of diarrhoea. It was one of those moments where you think I am never coming out of the house again - this is so embarrassing."
The broadcaster (40), who lives in Bangor with his wife Julia (40), and daughters Ivana (9) and Elayna (5), says:
"When my daughter Ivana was three or four she was at mum's and she was working away with a felt tip pen when she decided to colour in the sofa. She walked through the door with her face and hands completely covered with felt tip pen and the sofa had to be scrapped - it was completely ruined!"
The musician Ciaran Gribbin (44), who lives in Australia with his wife Donna (37) and son James (7), says:
"When I was 11 years old, my best friend Paul Shivers and I decided that we should skip school for the day. It was a very cold frosty January morning when we left for the school bus, but instead of going the normal route we sneaked our way into my home garage.
Not being very smart, we soon realised that we hadn't prepared very well for our adventure. Paul had brought a Walkman with lots of music for us to listen to but after 30 minutes the batteries ran out.
We also hadn't prepared well for the cold, so after about two hours both of us were curled up together, rubbing our hands, trying to not freeze. We then realised that we had only one sandwich for food and no water.
By 11am we both were bored, hungry and freezing cold, and convinced that school was a far better place to hang out than we realised."
Cool FM presenter and nurse (25), who lives in Hillsborough with her parents Wendy and Fred, says:
"I used to draw over everything - tables, all over my mum's cookbooks, on walls. I was constantly drawing and colouring, and mum is still to this day finding areas of the house that I've drawn on. Recently she found a smiley face drawn under her sewing table. It appears I just liked to draw lines and hearts and little people. I think I just drew on absolutely anything and everything, or any surface I could find."
The playwright (69), from Belfast says:
"In 1960, when I was about 10, the British Army vacated the Victoria Artillery Barracks in North Queen Street, having been there since 1840. The barracks was surrounded by a 20-foot high wall stretching from the New Lodge Road and all the way along North Queen Street to Clifton.
The very next day after the evacuation, my friends and I decided we would try and climb the wall to see what the soldiers had left behind. I was the only one who managed to make it to the top and immediately set about a victorious fists-in-the-air Olympic awards ceremony style celebration. The only problem was, I couldn't get back down. Talk about feeling daft! I spent a half an hour on top of that wall wondering if the Fire Brigade should be called before some men came by and helped me down."
The Dolly Parton impersonator (49), who is married to Niall (49) and has two sons, Scott (22) and Jack (21), says:
"I can recall setting up a 'shop' with a wee fold-up table regularly on the Cregagh Road in Belfast, with my own brand of perfume made of rose petals and water. I made a decent amount - at least 5p - aged about five.
I also staged a full production of my own musical on the main road, which I called Save Your Kisses For Me, that I wrote at age seven based on the song of the same name. It was about 15 minutes long and I sold 'tickets' made of toilet roll.
Then there was the time aged about four that I stuck a screw up my nose to 'see what would happen'. I was taken to the Ulster Hospital casualty by my parents where a very highly trained doctor got me to blow my nose and out came the offending screw!"
The writer (42), who lives in north Belfast with her two daughters Lola (12) and Lexi (10), says:
"When I was about 12 I used to prank call my family members. One time I rang my aunt who lives in Reading and pretended I was the Water Board and told her she had to turn all the water off because there was a water shortage.
I put on an English accent and told her she had to fill all her pots and pans with water. When I eventually told her who it was, she said 'What? I've just been running about for the last half an hour filling up pots with water!' I never got caught, right up until I admitted it was me.
I would also ring up my relatives and pretend to be from the electricity board and tell them they had to turn their lights off. I once had my mum and dad sitting in the dark for half an hour - I was just being a little rascal.
Another time I'd bought these knee length boots but decided to return them to the shop. Meanwhile, my daughter Lola had started drawing on the box. They'd been sitting in the bathroom and I didn't realise until I got to the shop and took them out of the box that Lola had taken panty liners and stuck them all over the box. When the lady took them out there were four panty liners stuck all over the box ... I froze but she took them off and put them in the bin and pretended it hadn't happened. Lola thought they were like stickers and you could stick them onto things."
Broadcaster Gordon Burns (78) lives in Manchester with wife Sheelagh (76), has two children, Tris (53) and Anna (41), and four grandchildren
"My mum was superstitious - she would be in a total panic on Friday 13th and I always got lectures on being extra careful and not travelling on that date. She wouldn't go under any ladders and any time a mirror was smashed she'd be in a panic. I was 15 and thought to myself that you didn't notice any surge in accidents on Friday 13th or planes coming down.
So I decided to test the theory and I took my bike up to the top of the hill in front of Stormont and decided to ride at full speed as fast as my legs would take the pedals down the hill. If I got to the bottom safely, then Friday 13th was rubbish. It was extraordinarily silly - there were no crash helmets in those days. I belted down faster than ever before. If I'd hit a stone and came off I could have been very seriously injured. However, I hurtled all the way down and got to the bottom without incident. I concluded that I could happily walk under a ladder or book a flight for Friday 13th or sit in seat 13. It got rid of my superstition but it was an absolutely silly thing to do because it could have had unfortunate consequences or even highly dangerous ones.
When my daughter Anna was very young, we lived in a village with a level crossing at the end of the main street and she always wanted to go to the level crossing. She'd spend time choosing what clothes to wear and putting her hair up in bunches and then she talked to the level crossing to ask if it liked her dress and her bunches. My wife had a theory that she was a bit worried about the level crossing, so she was buttering it up by having a chat with it!"
The comedian (61), who lives in Donaghadee, says:
"I was in P3 so that would have made me seven. I had been dropped off early at King's Park Primary School in Lurgan - and back in those days there wasn't such a thing as a classroom assistant so the boys and girls all just made their own way to their classroom and sat down waiting for the teacher to come in. I was the first child in the room and I remember the place was deathly silent and then I heard this big click which scared the life out of me. I looked round and I didn't see anything.
All of a sudden, again I heard this click. I remember being really, really frightened. And then I looked up on the wall and there was a big black Bakelite clock up the wall with black handles and Roman numerals. Every time it got to a minute, the minute hand just clicked forward and I panicked. I was scared, I knew it was a clock but I couldn't understand why this hand was moving of its own accord. I packed up my bags, ran out of the classroom, and decided I was going to run home. I had to cross three busy roads to get to where I lived. It was just a little under a mile. I remember getting home and my mum going 'What's wrong...?' and I started to cry and I said I was scared of the clock.
So I was told I was a very silly boy, she rang my dad, he came home from his work, took me back to school and when I arrived everybody was there in class. That's the silliest thing I recall, running home from school because the big hand of the clock moved a minute."
Safety tech company SafeToNet surveyed parents across the UK about the silliest things their kids have done and the top eight were: