Parents Share The 'Sneaky' Things Their Kids THINK They’re Getting Away With.

Do your kids ever attempt to get away with something right under your nose, but you know EXACTLY what they're trying to do? These parents talk about some of the clever, and not so clever things their children were sneaky about. Enjoy!

My 17 year old is freaking out right now because she thinks the car was stolen. It wasn't stolen. She told me she was going to be at a girlfriend's house overnight, but this morning I spotted the car outside her boyfriend's house. I took it.

She's called every tow yard in the county, and walked all over town looking for it. I waited for her to finally get home, but  I seriously did not know what to say. "I'll tell you where the car is if you tell me where you actually were last night?"

For clarification purposes: 1) The car is mine, not hers; 2) She's allowed to be anywhere she wants, provided she lets me know where that is; 3) The crime was the lie, not the location; 4) Her boyfriend has made a few stupid mistakes with cars, so she's not allowed to have the car with her when staying at his house.

When she got home she was exhausted after walking around all day being extremely stressed. I asked her again where she was last night and she doubled down. I caved and told her I took the car and it was in our driveway. Several minutes of confusion on her part followed, and then the light bulb went on. It went ... okay.
- tallavery

My 3 year old sneaks "candy" from the freezer when I'm not looking. They're actually frozen peas.
- flexthrustmore

My daughter was sneaking out of her room to, "Say goodnight to you one more time, mom!"

Child please, I know you were trying to sneak your Nintendo DS back to your room. Kid thinks she's so smooth.
- red_freckles

My son was smoking weed. Guess what, son? You didn't lose that bag when you were stoned; I found it and smoked it.
- a-r-c

I blamed my older brother for drawing all over my bedroom walls. I was, and still am, an only child.

- thatonegirlfrommath

My friend's teenage son thinks he's "getting away" with being secretly gay.

They have a good relationship and are open about most things, but for whatever reason he's chosen not to tell his parents about his sexuality yet and obviously thinks they don't know. Sorry, kiddo - your mum found your "magazines" almost a year ago, and saw you kissing your boyfriend - She knows.

She told me that it's not an issue in the slightest for her or for her husband, but he's obviously decided not to tell them for a reason and they've chosen to respect that. When he's ready to tell them he will, is their general stance on it. Until then, they're going to let him keep thinking he's hiding it well.


My three year old thinks I don't notice that he sneaks his favorite Hot Wheels car under his pillow before bedtime so he can play with it at night.
- Grn_blt_primo

My kid asked me if Santa was real a few years ago. I started in with the "depends what you mean by real" stuff  and he back-peddled immediately. I could tell he was testing the waters, and it seemed at the time that he was afraid of what this knowledge might do to important things like, say, the present count.

In any case, he still buys the Santa thing along with other stuff. For example, he lost a tooth in Canada (we are United States-ers) and got a little more information than he intended regarding his understanding of how the tooth fairy works. He was curious both about the relative value of teeth vis-a-vis the cusp count (how much is a molar versus a bicuspid), and - this was killing me - the exchange rate between American and Canadian dollars. When I asked him why he thought I had any particular knowledge in regards to these tooth-fairy matters, he sort of balked and backed out of the conversation.

FYI - the tooth fairy leaves $1 for an incisor or a canine. She drops 2 bucks on a bicuspid. But she springs for $5 for a molar. In Canada, she drops the five note American, and then leaves a $1 Canadian coin as well.

- iamkuato

I know my three year old is eating frosting in the front closet. I also know she's the one who's been drawing on the babies.

- Teaboo_mom

I remember putting the fried eggplants between the couch's pillows. Nobody was pleased when the dog found it a few months later.

- princess420blazeit

I used to think I was getting away with bad words. When I heard a bad word, I just knew it was bad so i never repeated it near anyone. But at home I would go to my room, shut the door, and start yelling the bad words in weird voices and then I'd walk out like nothing happened. My parents always heard but they thought it was so funny they never told me anything.

My youngest thinks she's so slick when she shuffles her food around the plate to create empty spots. Or puts an empty fork in her mouth.

- ItAintSoSweet

They think we don't know they are giggling when we put them to bed. But as long as they are in bed and are not loud we don't mind.

- holzasago

My son thinks it is fun to root for the Buffalo Bills because I am a Jets fan. He doesn't yet realize that this means he is stuck with the Bills for the rest of his life.

He thinks it's fun to annoy me now, but we'll see if he is still laughing about it when he is a very sad grown man.

I know being a Jets fan isn't much better, but at least we would suffer as a family if he was a Jets fan. Now he has to suffer by himself.

- Shostakovich22

A lot of times my kids will try to throw away their vegetables during dinner when they think I'm not looking. All the times they get away with it. I'm really just too tired to make a big deal out of it.
- HowDidIEndUpOnReddit

My son masturbates in the bathroom... Turning the shower on doesn't help, I can still hear the clapping sound.


When my son was in high school, he was dating this train-wreck of a girl that my husband and I hated. He would sneak out of the house late at night, go pick her up at her house, and sneak her in through his bedroom window. He didn't realize that I had figured it out when I found the kitchen chair in his room, and her footprints on the side of the house. One morning, he had decided to "leave early" for school. 

I heard him banging around in the kitchen, so I go out to investigate. He's standing there all nervous, I see her run from the back of the house and hide next to his car. So I just nonchalantly said, "I guess (expletive) made it out to the car ok. Drive safely and have a good day."

- caffwintoyou

The kid I Nanny spends 30 plus minutes in the bathroom every day after school. Then goes to the bathroom again an hour later for only 5 minutes. Dude, every adult in this house knows what you're doing up there.


My kids don't give me back all my change.
- worldtrvler 

Not the parent, but my sister and I would flush food we didn't want to eat down the toilet when our dad was downstairs. We were convinced we got away with it, were it not for the fact that we were loudly saying "MMMM, BEST CURRIED BEET I'VE EVER TASTED." Flush.

- Wazziznaime

My son poses as young girls and speaks to older men. I haven't stepped in because this is something for a psychiatrist to assist with. Knowing me I'll say the wrong thing.


The kids Blame their siblings when they do something bad. The first one to speak up is always the guilty party.

- BlakMakk

I used to always think my parents were unaware of how I kept a loaf of bread under my bed at all times to eat because I often times didn't eat my dinner when I was young. They knew but just didn't want me to starve so they let it slide until I finally grew out of my pickiness for food.


My son hides random snacks in the clothes bins on his bookshelf. He's 4 and thinks he's a mastermind. I put them away when he's asleep, and he slyly restocks without saying a word about where they went. My sister used to hide candy in her windowsill when we were kids, so like nephew like aunt, I guess.


My 2 year old sneaks pens off the table. I found a big mess the other day. Soap and water does the trick, every time. 


My kids play Minecraft while I sleep in on weekends. They're old enough now to make their own breakfast and stay out of trouble, but playing a game on the tablet is still something they're supposed to ask to do. They do it anyway, and I don't say anything because it keeps them busy and I don't have to break up any fights.

 - whenifeellikeit

My 6 year old niece thinks she can get away with sneaking a cookies and cream chocolate bar (Her favorite) into our shopping basket by holding it under a bag of sour sweet-tarts, which she says are for my brother. I usually say, "No, we have enough candy in the house." And have her put both back, or buy both.

My almost 4 year old nephew thinks I don't know that he asks to borrow my stuffed Xenomorph because it scares his sister. He tells me his T-rex is having a family reunion.
- Xeno_Prism_Power

If my 2-year-old son knows he is holding something he shouldn't and I call his name he will immediately throw it as far away (4 feet) from himself and look at me innocently. I don't know where he gets his slyness from. 

- SnarkyMcSnarkyPants

I'm a child psychologist, and last year I was involved with major research on children's development in regards to moral development which covered aspects of deceit in children.

The results were by no means conclusive, but it was found that in most cases, getting away with small amounts of deceitful behaviour is actually a healthy thing, and an important aspect in the development of morality. Specifically, lies that have no cost to either party, such as not eating all of their vegetables, were found as the most significant in terms of development of neural connections in the anterior lobe, which is also associated with the ability to make quick decisions under pressure and the application of common sense when presented with stimuli that a subject has had no previous experience with.

Tl;dr white lies are just training for better firemen.

 - LiedAboutMyExpertise



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