19 Lessons Parents Taught Their Kids That Crucially Backfired

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There’s nothing more pleasurable as a kid than getting your way without *technically* breaking any of your parents’ rules. 

I had a friend whose parents came home one day to find a homeless man sitting at their kitchen table because they had taught my friend to help the needy whenever possible — and she knew there was plenty of food in the family’s fridge.

I can’t imagine how many of these lessons parents teach their kids with the best of intentions that later come back to bite them with embarrassment. People on reddit banded together to share lessons they tried to teach their children that completely backfired in their faces.

Scroll down for 19 lessons parents tried to teach their kids and the results that will make you simultaneously laugh and shake your head.

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Want to potty train your kid using logic?

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Go ahead, teach them how to argue.

3

You thought the reward system was a good idea?

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You’ll want to teach your kids not to gamble.

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Ah yes, good old parenting books.

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Cleaning your room is part of the unsigned family contract.

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I bet the parent didn’t see this one coming.

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Novel approach to age-old rule.

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A brief lesson on friendship.

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When you have to explain to your parents that you’re really this lame.

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Certain lessons need to be taught side by side.

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Ah yes, the specialized pedagogical approach.

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When does this conversation NOT backfire?

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Teach them the value of a hard-earned dollar.

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Ahem! Manners!

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Life’s not fair, kiddo.

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Tag your adult selves.

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There’s an age for everything.

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Woops.


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