We all have a moment where we’ve been caught out by dad. We look at him like a deer caught in headlights. Stunned, shocked, heart-pounding and eyes pleading.
We all have a moment where our dad has looked straight at us with a cheeky grin and you just know he’s been thinking, ‘don’t worry I won’t tell mum’.
Your heart rests, your eyes deflate and your mouth upturns to say 'thanks'.
Reddit has asked the internet to confess their 'don't tell your mum' moments that people have had with their dad. The Reddit thread has over 7,000 replies. And they're hilarious.
One guy had his dad take him out of school for ice-cream runs.
"When I was in Kindergarden my dad would routinely show up, sign me out of class, and take me for ice cream. Best memory ever." - 50calPeephole
Another used to play violent video games when mum wasn't around.
"I play Call Of Duty with my Dad...but only when my mum's not home. She can never find this out, but we kill EVERYTHING!" - MsWinty
Our team have confessed the worst lie they've ever told. Post continues after the video...
As well as video games, a lot of commenters said their dad had taken them to see films that their mum would've banned.
"I was twelve and my mum was losing her damn mind over film ratings. Even the new PG-13 rating was off-limits. My dad and I went to the four-plex one day to see a movie and the options were crap, crap, crap, and some movie called Die Hard. We looked at the posters, we looked at each other and he said, "I won't tell your mother if you don't." Best first R movie ever." - ambulanceblues
A lot of food outings seemed to be on the agenda with father-child bonding.
"When I was 6, I woke up because of a nightmare, everyone was asleep except my dad, he was still up watching tv. He saw that I was really scared so he took me out in my PJs to get Pizza Hut. Told me to keep it a secret because mum never allowed us to have junk food." - Burgerplease
And of course, activities to balance out those unhealthy food excursions.
"He had a dirt bike (the kind with the motor), and was riding me around the barn, sitting in front of him on the bike. Knowing my mother, she was probably freaking out about it. On one of the laps around the barn he lost control (probably from going too slow) and dumped us both in a manure pile. He set the bike back up, put me back in front of him, said, "Don't tell your mother", and off we went again." - workpuppy
Oh dads, what would our childhood have been like without you? I'm sure there's plenty of 'don't tell dad' moments we've had with our mums too.
What's your 'don't tell mum moment'?