The Blunder Years: Photos Of Kids Who Looked 20 Years Older Than They Were!

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No, this is not some grandma's old school photo. Her parents decided to style and dress this 6th grader in head-to-toe grandma gear.

Most people don’t like being photographed, but when you’re a kid, your parents don’t really give you an option. Most parents have their cameras handy to catch you doing something funny. Others dressed you up in wardrobes that aged you like crazy. You know the kind of photos we’re talking about. The styling is so odd, you wind up trying to guess if a kid’s either two years old or a forty-year-old aging librarian. So, without further ado, we present you with some embarrassing childhood pictures from Reddit's Blunder Years where kids look much older than they were.


Of course, this little girl's parents didn't mean to age her with their horrible fashion choices. But if someone tried to pull this today, the school staff would've had no other choice but to call CPS.

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15 year old unlucky teen or Dwight Schrute from The Office? You be the judge!

This is the most 40-year-old looking 15-year-old kid we have ever seen. You know how people reminisce about the time when they couldn't get a date when they were teens? Yeah, well, there's a reason why they were single. Hey! At least this pic is proof that it does get better eventually!

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One look at this adorable little girl and you’ll be having some serious Mrs. Doubtfire flashbacks.

The poor thing! She looks a lot like a baby-sized version of Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire. The big glasses, the teeth, and even the dress are a lot like the hip old granny played by the late comedic actor.

Maybe parents should've allowed their little ones to choose their own outfits.

I mean, let's be honest! Nothing they put together could've possibly been worse than this, right? Heck, they'd probably do a better job at doing their own makeup.

45-year-old receptionist working at the dentist's office or young 4th grader with a bad haircut?

Heck! The haircut isn't even the problem. If we ran into this kid working the desk at reception, we would have no problem believing she's of legal age. We can almost hear it: "Hi, this is Sharon at Sweet Smiles, one moment please!".

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Redditor Jeborisboi jokes that after having several kids, their mom decided it would be easier to just dress them up in her old clothes.

But judging from the entire getup, we're not so sure this Redditor was joking. Did mom actually alter her outdated clothes so her child could wear them? That alone isn't too bad, but the beehive hair? Unforgivable!

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Why is the school's receptionist attending prom? Oh wait, it's a teenager with the sense of fashion of a 45-year-old woman.

If you don't know how to style yourself and find an outfit that elevates your look, you have Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, and a million fashion blogs to rely on. But back in the day, these kids' only found out their fashion sense sucked when they arrived at prom looking like a divorced mom of 4.

If this poor child's stomach is real, then we're kind of wondering what the heck he had for lunch that day.

But how does a toddler wind up looking like a middle-aged 45-year-old divorced dad who works 60 hours a week? If he would've been standing next to a convertible, we would've never guessed he was just a little boy.

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This kid, (yes! That's a child!) looked like a 45-year-old dad going to his kids' PTA meetings.

And he looks so exhausted, he seems to be looking forward to retirement already. But guess what? The man in the photos was only 14 years old. Perhaps, getting mistaken for a 45-year-old grown man by your teen classmates is the reason why this kid looked so pissed off and stressed out, huh?

You might think that this is the face of a parent of one of the kids at this assembly, but you’re wrong.

The dress, the glasses, and even the hairstyle scream someone in their late 40s or early 50s. But this kid is actually 13. Fortunately, the braces on her teeth make us realize that she’s still a kid at heart... literally.

Is she 13 going on 30 or the other way around? Luckily, the original poster added some insight.

If you think you're looking at a 40-year-old woman who was a raging Elizabeth Taylor fan, think again. The woman in the photo is actually 12 years old. She just had one crazy mom! Let's just hope this child's momma never considered styling as a career.

It was this kid's first day at school but judging from the awkward styling, we would've guessed they were heading to a PTA meeting.

Seriously! Where parents purposely trying to get their kids to look like 60-year-old librarians? This poor kid is giving us total "I want to speak to your manager" vibes.

This 11-year-old kid might've been young, but they were already tired of everyone's crap.

Looking like a 55-year-old librarian probably didn't help either! If we'd run into this poor kid, we wouldn't know if they were picking up their kids, or actually going to school themselves!

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This 60-year-old looking child is giving us "The Nanny" flashbacks. Doesn't she look like grandma Yetta?

The resemblance is truly uncanny! Of course, the hairstyle doesn't really help. But something about her whole demeanor screams "Golden Girls," doesn't it?

No, that's not someone's sweet old grandma nervously laughing while they take her pic. That's a 6th grader kid with an unfortunate everything.

We're not sure if this is just bad styling from a pre-internet era or if this child was simply an old soul. Whatever the reason, we're sure that rocking this granny getup did not make her Mrs. Popular among her peers.

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This kid was supposed to be in the 2nd grade back when this photo was taken, but we could've sworn we were staring at a 60-year-old nana.

The hair, the glasses, the sweater. We don't know where to look! Is that a cross between a mullet and a half perm? This child ended up looking like a goofy Snapchat filter that'll now be forever immortalized in this pic.

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Can those legs get any more blinding? But Casper-white skin is the least of this kid's problems.

He could've passed for a tired old Jewish man. But in reality, he was in 9th grade. How did he wind up looking like he's in his mid-30s? Was 9th grade really that stressful?

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Why would any parent want their child to resemble Patsy Ramsey from the infamous JonBenet Ramsey case?

Glamour shots were all the rage in the 80s and 90s. Photographers and parents spent a lot of time styling the kids, putting on makeup, doing their hair, and coming up with their own unique looks. But why is it that every kid ended up looking like an overly invested pageant mom? Yikes!

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