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Lying About Your Child’s Age

When it comes to fudging the truth, are kids or adults the experts? Tweens find ways to round up their age to sound older than their actual years while their parents try to slow the aging process and round as their own birthdays pass. At the park the other day, I overheard a woman admitting she flat out lies to her gym about her child's age so they will admit her to the daycare. Her friend claimed they skirt the 2-year-old airline regulation by begging their son not to speak when asked how hold he is — an interesting tactic considering most airlines require a birth certificate upon arrival. Nevertheless, the conversation got me thinking – do you fib about your wee one's age?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol.. "screwing the system" I love how an age restriction that lumps toddlers in with adults is a "system". It's just the company deciding when to charge full price for kids. You're acting like they're lying to steal benefits from the government or something.. lol. I've never done it, and I'm not sure I would just because I don't really like to lie about things, and i totally agree about the life lesson in teaching that lies are okay, but i can totally see why other people do it and i don't even remotely agree with 3 year olds being lumped with adults or older kids and teens. They just don't eat or experience anything near what an older child would. There are exceptions though, like an airplane seat is a seat no matter what, but most things are ridiculous.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 7 years
I did this once to get my son into Disney World for a reduced but he was only less then a year over the age I said he was, and honestly, I spent so much money at the park that I figured it evened out in the end. Lol.
Akpril Akpril 7 years
I want my kids to see my being honest even though it might suck. I might be saving some money, but I'm teaching my kids an important lesson. I used to steal from the grocery store all the time as a child until one day when my mother caught me with a piece of candy that had fallen out of the packaging. She marched me back to the store and made me apologize to the manager. I was mortified, and I love that she made a big deal out it.
meandtheo meandtheo 7 years
i lied to my gym with my daughter...she had to be 6 weeks old to go to the nursery, she was only 4 weeks old. I don't know how you could get away with it on the airlines! When my daughter was only 14 months we didn't bring proof of birth and we almost had to buy her a ticket! my doctor had to fax an immunization record for us to get on...and she was clearly under 2!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I think the ages on a lot of things are really ridiculous. Like theme parks where the majority of the rides are going to be for kids who are several years older, why should a 3 year old cost as much as an adult or in the 3-17 year old charge which is usually only a few dollars cheaper? I was in a family of 4 kids, and the youngest is 7 years younger then me. We didn't have a lot of money growing up, but my parents made sure we got as many experiences as we could. More often then not, we said our youngest sister was younger then she is, and I don't blame my parents. Why should they have to pay an adults fee for her despite the fact that she isn't going to participate on hardly anything or have to leave her home while the rest of us are out? I think 5 or 6 would be a more apropriate age.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
that's a cute story lil! see, i don't mind that. it's lying to save $$$ and rip off the system is what i hate.
Moms Moms 7 years
When I was 8 months pregnant with my son, my sister and I took my daughter to a pumpkin patch on a farm. After a 45 minute wait in 100 degree heat in line for her to ride the horses, we were at the front and overheard someone say kids had to be 3 to go. Just as we started to panic (she was 2 1/2) the woman asked my daughter how old she was and she answered, "3 1/2!" Next thing we knew she was smiling wide on the back of the horse.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ugh. i had a co-worker who used to lie about age on airlines. that really p¡ssed me off.
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