kids will be kids


Used to express the idea that children will naturally behave in certain ways, often in playful or mischievous ways.


My son spilled juice all over the floor, but I guess kids will be kids.

My daughter got into trouble at school, but kids will be kids.

My niece made a mess in the kitchen, but kids will be kids.

My nephew asked a ton of questions, but kids will be kids.

My grandchild was running around the house, but kids will be kids.


Attributed to the title of a book written by Mary Camden in 1869.


Can adults use this phrase?

Yes, adults often use this phrase to express understanding of a child’s behavior.

Is this phrase used in other languages?

Yes, this phrase is used in many languages including French, Spanish, and Dutch.