Any good Kid will say that there are some things he would like to do that his parents may not approve of. It’s not uncommon for a kid to want to do things his parents would never approve of.
You might want to do something small, like picking up some sweets on your way home. Or you may want to do something bigger, like driving without a license or drinking a cold drink.
It’s a time of exceptional moments that create lasting memories and strengthen ties. Their secrecy makes them memorable.
An anonymous Reddit user asked children and adults to share their best “Don’t Tell Your Parents” memories. There were some real gems among the 800+ responses. I’ll only include the Top 10
10 Reddit Stories
Dad and I would rent a film every week to watch when Mom went out for dinner with her friends. Star Trek and action movies are usually the ones we rent. He brought Blade home one day when I was around 11 years old.
After about 10 minutes, he said to me, “Don’t say anything to your mother, just pretend I forgot to buy a movie for this week.” I of course agreed. After 7 years, my dad casually mentioned at dinner that we watched Blade back when I was 11. © checkoutmyaasb/Reddit
We were very poor when I was 6 or 7 years old. So, we reduced all our expenses. Every other weekend, my mom would be away for work. My dad would save a few bucks, take me out to Waffle House for breakfast, and then we’d walk along the beach.
He would then take me home to play a computer game on his office’s computer. He always teased me for not telling my mother about it. It was great to do something together. I’m sure she wouldn’t have been angry, but it made me happy. © TwentyandTired/Reddit
Last Christmas, my four-year-old daughter helped wrap one of my presents. My wife was working the next morning when my daughter came running from her room and shouted, “Daddy!” Daddy! I wrapped your present.
It’s a secret. It’s an ice cream maker!” I said to her. “Honey, you’re not supposed to tell that.” She replied, “I’m sure, I’m sure, but it is a slushy machine! I am so excited to make some slushies together with you!
At this point, I was laughing and telling her that we would keep the gift a secret so that mummy wouldn’t be upset that I knew. It was too cute and funny to keep a secret. I told her the next evening. © RancidLemons/Reddit
I was eating ice cream when my son walked into the kitchen by chance at 3 a.m. I gave him a small bowl and we began to whisper (he was only 4 years old) and I told him, “Don’t Tell Mom.” The next morning, my wife asked me who had eaten ice cream and my son pointed directly at me. © conejo454/Reddit
I’ve always worked in restaurants and got home late. Takeout was my Friday treat. Takeout is not just any takeout. It’s the bad stuff, like steak nachos topped with guacamole or cheese fries with meat. My girls would sneak into the basement late at night to watch bad movies and eat bad food. © Astrochef12/Reddit
When I was in middle school, my dad would wake me up to watch comedy with him. My mom would snore through the whole thing while we were wheezing and stifled laughing. Thank you for this sweet memory. © lbklmn/Reddit
In middle school, I was the only person who would go grocery shopping with my father. He didn’t wish to go alone. My mom was studying for her Master’s and none of my other siblings were willing to accompany him. We would have a large breakfast and then go shopping. No one knew. Not even my mother.
He also allowed me to buy any cereal that I wanted. It was through him that I learned to choose good fruits and vegetables, order meat and fish, and so on. My siblings were furious when they found out because “they would have gone if there was a large breakfast on the menu.” © vickyaage/Reddit
My father used to take me on any errand that he had. It wasn’t just the grocery store. It could be why I love running errands now that I’m an adult. We would stop at McDonald’s to get some fries if Dad had to go to the banks. Need to fill up the gas tank? Grab a shake. He said that I couldn’t do extra things if my mother or brother knew. © monkey-cuddles/Reddit
I watched YouTube and played video games while my wife was sleeping. I heard my oldest daughter (she was 4 years old) tossing in bed and I brought her into the living room. I made hot chocolate for us and we built a blanket-fort. We played Pokemon on YouTube and ate candy up until 8 in the morning. © NEX105/Reddit
As a child, my father worked the first shift while my mom worked evenings. Dad loved to watch The Twilight Zone and other shows like that. I liked them as well, but was scared when he put me in bed. It was because of this that Mom decided I could no longer watch them.
When Mom was working, I would beg Dad to let me stay late so that we could watch his shows together. I’m a bigger kid now and I won’t be scared. I’ll sleep right away.” But every time Mom got home from work, I was still wide-eyed and afraid of the darkness. © accio_peni/Reddit