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Kids And Former Kids Share The Secrets Their Parents Just Couldn't Keep Hidden

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Keeping secrets from kids might seem like an easy thing, but they tend to see and hear (and understand) a lot more than what the adults in their lives think they do.


Reddit user u/1plus6is7 asked:

"[Serious] Kids of reddit, what do your parents think they are hiding that you know about?"

10.

My dad smokes weed and I recently found out.

I went over to my friends house for a party and people were smoking. I never knew what weed smelled like until I went to that party and it dawned on me that my dad smelled just like that house almost all the time. Day after the party I found his stash. As far as I know he only smokes in his bathroom or when I'm at school.

-Only_A_Casual

9.

All of the dirty jokes. My mom made dinner once (steak).

Mom: "that's a big piece of meat!"

My dad: "Hmmm, where have I heard that before?"

Me: "WoaahhHh"

My dad: "wait you weren't supposed to get that"

He's learned to appreciate the fact that I get them now, though.

-E__Nigma

8.

Mom told me she got her tubes tied after she had my sister. She told me this when I had questions about babies when I was younger.

Anyway, 20 years later she became pregnant again. I asked her about it and she insisted that she got her tubes tied, and that the surgery was botched and wasn't 100% effective (true).

My dad (divorced about 18 years ago from my mom) found out from me about the baby. I forget specifically how the conversation went. I told him something along the lines of, "wow, it must suck getting your tubes tied after [sister] was born only to get pregnant 20 years later." He laughed.

I asked him why he laughed and he asked "did she really tell you that? She didn't want her tubes tied after your sister, so I got a vasectomy instead." I also had a good laugh. Not sure why she'd lie about something so small, but if it means that much to her, then I won't say anything.

-La_Lechuga

7.

My dad used to be a smoker but quit outright as soon mom got pregnant. Or so he leads us to believe. I know he doesn't smoke cigarettes, but he should keep his car floor cleaner if he didn't want me noticing his discarded cigarillo mouthpieces. Whatever he does, he made sure I didn't grow up around second hand smoke, so he gets good dad points for that.

-PubScrubRedemption

6.

My dad says he met my mother becuase my mother's sister introduced them, but I'm pretty sure my dad was actually dating my mother's sister first

-iammaxhailme

5.

My dad almost had an affair but he backed out right before my mom caught him, she was considering divorce but she didn't go through because of me and my brother, I only know because I overheard them at night.

-suspicious_pine_tree

4.

That everytime i get told to watch the baby, they're banging in their room. Like the locked door and creaking isn't obvious.

-vietnamesejesus8

3.

Dad we all know you smoke weed. One of the team members you coach told the youngest of my siblings and she naturally passed it on to all of us. Now my siblings and I smoke in my bedroom when you're sleeping, feel free to join but don't bring mom, she isn't being cool about it.

-kcckcc101

2.

My mom always tells my wife and I that she completely quit using Facebook, but she doesn't realize that everyone can see her posts and comments, and she is on there everyday. I have no idea why she is trying to keep it a secret.

-illieoliverx000

1.

I'm grown up now but my step dad never found out that I found his stash of weed and what I presume was coke when I was 12.

-DhaliaMummy

"It wasn't me!"

There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.

Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked:

Redditors who were once considered suspect of a crime they did not commit, what's it like being held under suspicion and how did it affect your life?

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