There’s no denying that reverse psychology just works.
After all, with kids often choosing to do just about the opposite of what their parents want, who wouldn’t want to try it?
And best of all? It’s almost always foolproof.
Reddit users shared the best reverse psychology tricks they’ve used on their kids – and trust us, they’re genius.
“My dad used to play a game to see who could match and fold the most laundry. He never once won.”
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“My wife used to tell the kids that I didn’t want them to try new things because I didn’t want to share it with them.
“Sometimes they’d like it and I’d make a big deal out of it about having to share with them. Sometimes they’d say, “this one is all yours dad”. You win some, you lose some, but at least they would typically try things this way.”
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“When I was a kid I refused to get up in the morning. My mum said we were going to trick my dad into thinking I was still asleep. So she made me put on my clothes and then hide under the covers and pretend to be asleep.
“Then my dad would come in to wake me up and I would “fool” him because I was already dressed and ready. This worked on me for years and I never questioned it.”
“Took my three-year-old son to one of those doctor’s visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor’s office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for one shot, but five of them in the same visit.
“I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, ‘Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these five tiny little shots so it won’t hurt nearly as much!’