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Parents Are Sharing Successful Instances of Reverse Psychology and It’s Honestly Inspiring

By Pippa Raga

My parents used reverse psychology on me all the time and I think that's why I grew up into a nerd of an adult who loves books and is always eating vegetables. Since I was their oldest child, I'm kind of impressed by my parents in retrospect — but it seems they instinctively knew the most effective way to get me to do anything was telling me to do the absolute opposite.

Even through my teenage years, my mom and dad quickly realized the best way to get me to stay in on weekends was to tell me they really, really wanted me to go out and be with my friends. In my head, I'd always be like, "Why don't they want me here though?" and figure out a reason to stay — much to their surprise delight.

So, when parents got together on reddit to share their proudest moments of successful reverse psychology, we knew they'd be creative, hilarious, and even insightful.

Read on for some of our favorite ways parents used reverse psychology on their kids and save some tips to use on yours.

1. Kids won't eat their veggies?

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Parents agree this problem pretty much plagues them all. The reverse psychology solution? Make your kids think they can't eat veggies, so they want them more. 

One redditor shared how she would only put vegetables on her own plate and not give any to her kids. When the kids would ask about them, she'd say, "That's grown-up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little." 

Another wrote about how he grew up believing broccolis were "flowers of the queen" and the queen would get very upset if he ate them. Of course, he ate them voraciously every time they were on his plate.

And let's not forget the advice from sage Anthony Bourdain, who once said in an interview he would prepare his daughter any food she wanted, and cook a delicious dinner for himself. When the two would sit down to eat and she would inevitably ask what he was having, Anthony would respond something like, "Oh... this? You wouldn't like it. Only adults like this." And his daughter would want the adult food all the more.

Which kid, no matter how stubborn, doesn't want to feel older?