Our students can be the absolute sweetest, but they can also be unintentionally hilarious when trying to deliver a compliment. We asked teachers to share the funny compliments they’ve received from kids, and here’s what they had to say.

You’re so soft

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While being hugged around the middle by a first grader, she sweetly said “you are soft like my mom.” —Brandi M.

What’s that smell?

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My classroom sink has a bit of a funky smell. When two former students came by, one said to the other, “Whoa, I remember this smell! It smells like…(long, thoughtful pause)…learning!” Now I love my funky smelling sink. —Latane D.

Naturally gorgeous?

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Me: *decides to let my natural waves show in my hair*

9th grader: *comes up to my desk with a conspiratorial look* “It’s okay, miss. I didn’t brush my hair today, either.” —Amara G.

Maybe it’s my center part?

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One very sweet student once said to me, “You look young for an old person.” —Hayley J.

“Thanks for not being annoying”

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Because it was from a 14-year-old boy, it’s also my highest praise. —Carol H.

Say what now?

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On a field trip, I took a child to a public bathroom. I used the bathroom while he used the stall next to mine. He told me I had beautiful-sounding pee. —Amy H.

“I like your face”

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A kindergartener once walked by me and said, “I like your face.” I taught fourth grade on the other side of the building. —Kelly G.

I guess kids don’t get fashion

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I wore a long, belted sweater, and at the end of the day a little boy said, “Bye, I really liked your bathrobe today.” —Sherry A.

Would take as a genuine compliment

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“You’re a dictionary with hair.” —Kath G.

Points for knowing the animal kingdom

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“You’re pretty nice for a middle-aged mammal.” —Elizabeth N.

You’re the GOOD kind of crazy

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Another teacher overheard some kids telling a new student about me. “You have Miss S.? She’s crazy, but you know, the GOOD kind of crazy.” Someday I want that stitched on a pillow. —Hillary S.

We’d love to hear—what funny compliments have you gotten from kids?

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