No one has the perfect kid. They’re all bound to get into some kind of trouble every once in a while, even if they don’t mean to. And it’s often the job of the parents to discipline them accordingly. But sometimes, our kids don’t care. Sometimes the trouble was worth the punishment because the rewards were so great. And that’s exactly the kinds of stories we have for you today.
We’ll be letting you know the things kids admit they’d do again, even if they were disciplined for it. From getting revenge to hooking up with other kids, children tell us all the things that they’d be happy to be grounded for. If you’d like to find out what they are, just keep reading.
40. The Best Week of My Life
I had a house party when I was 15 years old. Over 100 people came and there were probably 30 or more cars lined up down the street. It was wild and I hooked up with a beautiful girl. She was a senior in high school, which is a big deal when you’re 15. She wound up staying at my house after the party and for the rest of the week because my parents were out of town. We skipped school, lived off of pizza and Chinese food, and barely left my bedroom. It was great.
My parents didn’t find out until they got a letter from the school about my absence; they asked a neighbor if they saw me around and that neighbor tipped off the party. I was grounded for my 16th birthday and then some, but I didn’t care. I would do it 1000 times again.
39. Don’t Bully My Mom
An aunt of mine on my dad’s side used to bully my mother a lot. She was very condescending and belittling, so much so that I recognized this as a young child. My dad would put a stop to it when he was around, but he worked a lot. One day, this aunt was in the kitchen on the phone and I burst in, wearing full plastic armor, a helmet, shield, and sword and poked her right in the butt.
She was heavily overweight and I managed to jam it in there for full effect. She jumped up a remarkable height considering her bulk and let out a scream to rival any. I was punished, grounded, scolded and told to apologize. But after she left, I wasn’t grounded and I heard my parents laughing about it when I was in bed.
38. But I Didn’t Do It
A teacher in middle school tried to write me up for Saturday school for talking during an exam when the person who had done it had already fessed up. I asked him why I had to spend a Saturday in detention when someone else had already admitted to it.
He told me, “Do not question your elders and eat the consequences you were fed by them.” So I crumbled up the pink slip and ate it in front of him. My punishment was my mother buying me a spiral notebook for dinner.
37. When Lies Become the Truth
My sister liked to get me in trouble when we were kids. One day, she decided that I stole her doll and broke it. She was screaming and crying and insisting I get in trouble. I insisted I didn’t do it, so I was sent back to my room for lying. I “wouldn’t give it back,” so I was grounded all weekend. It turns out she just hid it. When my punishment ended, she was playing with it again like nothing happened. I didn’t think twice about yanking it from her hand and destroying it in front of her.
I was about five years old, and couldn’t do much, so I pulled off the head and got the dog to play tug-of-war with it. Of course, my little sister was screaming and crying that I stole her doll and by the time my parents intervened it was pretty mangled. They began yelling at me but quickly realized this is the doll they had already grounded me over. That was when they realized my sister lied about the whole thing and sent her to her room. Losing a weekend was totally worth destroying that thing in front of her and watching her get grounded for it.
36. He Deserved It
At my 11th birthday party, my step sister’s son (who was also 11) hit me in the back of the head with a croquet ball. On purpose. Once I stopped crying, I knocked him in the face hard enough to make his nose leak. My mom spanked me for it and I have no regrets.
He was a mean little boy who was always doing stuff, then blaming it on me. After I fought back, he pretty much left me alone. And no, he didn’t get in trouble for hitting me with the ball.
35. With A Dash of Dish Soap
I hated when my mom started dating my stepdad when I was in the 5th grade. Once, he asked me to pour him a cup of ice and coke and I mixed dish soap into the cup along with it. I gave it to him and away like I didn’t do anything.
I heard my name called, was scolded, and was sent to my room all while my stepdad was spitting out his drink and I was giggling about it. Later, I heard my mom say to him, “you have to admit that it was funny,” especially since I was a goody-two-shoes.
34. He Would’ve Done the Same Thing
I believe I was 14 when my friend called me saying he had an extra ticket to see Metallica one night. I asked my mom if I could go and ultimately got told no because she didn’t like the idea of two teenagers being at a show like that without an adult.
Long story short, I went anyway. Both parents were waiting up for me when I got home. My mom screamed herself hoarse and grounded me for two months while my dad sat there chill as could be. After I’d been sent to my room for the night, he comes in and tells me he’d have done the same thing in my shoes and he hoped I had a good time. But he wouldn’t back off on the punishment because of the whole “cohesive parental unit” thing. It was totally worth it.
33. A Sister’s Unconventional Job
My sister had a job stripping, and my parents didn’t know. She was 21, and I lived with her part-time because both of my folks worked night shifts. So after school, I would wander to the club and hang out in the dressing room until she was ready to go. A bunch of ladies who worked there would help me with my homework, do my makeup, and send me to the nearby bodega to get snacks. They basically taught me how to have confidence, because I was a chubby goth teen who hated everything about myself and thought I was ugly. Nothing quite bolsters your self-esteem like a group of bikini-clad women fussing over how pretty your cheekbones are and telling you to stop chasing boys who don’t care about you.
It was great until my parents found out. I got an earful about keeping secrets, putting myself in possible danger, etc. I was grounded for months and had to stay with my hyper-religious family until their work schedules changed, but it was worth it. Those dancers set in motion my path to loving myself and taught me to realize that I had worth.
32. A Tooth Came Out!
My parents are inside doing adult things, while me and the other kids aged 5 to 10 were outside taking turns pulling the red wagon back and forward. Well, my cousin kept the wagon to himself and would not let anyone else pull it, so I confronted him to get him to let the younger kids take a turn as one was getting ready to start crying. He shoved me to the ground and latched onto my left shoulder with his teeth. I ended up elbowing the back of his head to shake him off and by doing so, one of his teeth fell out and was stuck in my shoulder.
He goes crying to his parents and I went to my parents since my shoulder was killing me. My parents did not think I was in the wrong for knocking the tooth out since he was biting my shoulder hard enough to draw blood. After that event, we never had a family reunion again.
31. Got Told On By Chuck Norris
A friend of mine lived next to Chuck Norris’s stunt double, and when I was young, I would go over and play on his Gameboy. One day my batteries were running low, so I went into the open garage and took two AA batteries from a Costco sized pack of batteries.
Out of nowhere, a guy I had seen on TV, who I was fairly sure was a Texas Ranger starts asking me if I lived there and if I had asked to take the batteries. I was intimidated and answered truthfully; he told me off and I put the batteries back. From the tears in my eyes, he figured that was all that was needed and told me he’d not tell my parents until my mom arrived to pick me up. I lost the desire to steal forever that day.
30. There’s Someone In Your Bed
When I was a kid in the late 70s, maybe early 80s, I saw an opportunity to get back at my sister, who wasn’t always kind to me. My mother had an old wig from the 60s, so I made it look like there was somebody in my sister’s bed by putting pillows under the blankets and letting a bit of wig poke out. I had to work fast because she was just in the other room, and I knew she’d be going to bed soon.
She really freaked out. I think she was genuinely scared. I don’t remember what my punishment was, but I know I got punished and I didn’t care. It felt so good to pull one over on my sister for once.
29. He Should’ve Stolen It
I flew to Washington, DC, with some friends to see a concert and told my parents I was at my friend’s for the weekend. I almost got away with it too, but I left my phone at the concert venue and someone was “nice enough” to look into it and dial the home number; they let my parents know they found my phone in DC.
This was back in the day when it was all about flip phones, so I would have preferred if he stole it. I was grounded for about three months, with no phone, no computer, and no TV.
28. All for A Dance
When I was 18, I told my mom I was staying over at a nearby friend’s house. Instead, I drove four hours away to go to a dance with my boyfriend, then stayed overnight with all my friends in a different city that was two hours away.
My mom was not happy. I was banned from going pretty much anywhere except work for a while.
27. It Was Beyond Worth It
My parents were gone for two weeks when I was 16 and I had a series of parties making a huge mess. Somehow, I got everything cleaned up down to the last bottle cap, even though they surprised me and came home early.
A few days later, my dad came up to me and asked who’s name was written in the dust on a mirror in the basement. I got super busted, but hey, ten years later I’m still dating the girl that needed to write her name everywhere she went!
26. Doll Don’ts
When I was probably about 6 or 7, my step-sister had one of the dolls that peed when you gave it water, just so you can change its diaper.
So I poured water in its mouth and then blew some air on the doll’s body to make it spray water. I thought it was pretty funny. My dad did not.
25. It Was Anatomically Correct
My sons once built an anatomically correct male snowman facing our annoying neighbor’s house. I’m sure we punished them and I’m equally sure they still thought it was worth it.
Sometimes, I almost wish they would do it again, but now they’re too old to get away with it as a prank versus harassment since they’re in their 20s now lol.
24. The Graduation Speech
I was the valedictorian of my graduating class, and before my speech, I called out my calculus teacher, by name. I explained to the entire audience how she said I wouldn’t be valedictorian of her school, and how she went out of her way to make my life hell in that class. I transferred in from a rival school after it consolidated with another and changed location. I was in a unique situation zoning-wise, so I got to pick what school I went to. I chose my rival school simply because our baseball team would be more competitive.
Apparently, since I was an athlete as well as fighting for valedictorian, she assumed my grades were given to me at my other school. So during the process of me ripping her to shreds in front of the crowd, she walked out to the clapping from 100’s of students. All in all, it was probably 2 to 3 minutes directed at her before I continued with my actual speech. My dad wasn’t too thrilled with my conduct, to say the least. I got away with a mild punishment; I had to pay for my graduation dinner. He warned there would be more punishment in the future, but nothing came of it. She retired that summer.
23. I Made Him Faint
One time at school, during the winter, I brought some fake blood from Halloween to school. We had these retiree recess monitors, so I thought of something fun to do with them. I laid in the snow and put fake blood all around me.
I had my friend go get the monitor and when he saw me, he fainted. My mom was a teacher at the same school and was pissed.
One time, my younger brother told our mom I hit him. He just walked into my room and started screaming about me hitting him. I hadn’t even looked at him. So of course, mom comes in, won’t hear me AT ALL, and immediately grounds me. My younger brother has this stupid grin on his face. And I thought, “Well, I’m already getting punished for hitting him.”
So my mom’s like, “You’re grounded for hitting your brother.” I turned to him and punched him as hard as I could in his sternum. He DROPPED. Then I go, “Alright. I’m grounded,” and walk away. Oddly enough, my mom didn’t say anything at that point. I like to think she realized what was up. The bonus was that my brother never pulled that again. Consequences!
21. Not the Best Christmas Story
I was sledding down a hill in front of my neighbor’s house and ended up hitting a nativity scene. This was the week before Christmas. The only thing that broke was baby Jesus and his head came clean off.
The neighbors started yelling at me and asked what do you have to say for yourself, so I said, “my name’s Pontius Pilate.” I was grounded for a week.
20. The Labeling Spree
When I was a kid, my mom sold Tupperware, so we had kitchen cabinets full of random little gadgets and plastic doodads. One day, my brother and I, while searching through one of the cupboards, found several sheets of labels intended to be used to label the various containers in cupboards – they were printed with the names of various foodstuffs – sugar, flour, pasta, cereal, spices, etc. Well, my brother and I decided to go on a labeling spree throughout the cupboards, but we didn’t label anything properly. Instead, we cut up and spliced labels in order to create the funniest labels possible.
I don’t remember all of them, but a few that stand out in my memory are “Dehydrated Taco Powder,” “Instant Chinese Men,” and my personal favorite, the container of sugar was labeled “Sugarfree Sugar.”My mom tried her hardest to act like she was angry about it, but she couldn’t keep from laughing. To this day, she still has a container of “Sugarfree Sugar” in the cupboard. I told the story to my wife after she realized I had found a set of toiletry labels and marked the water filter pitcher as “mouth remover.”
19. Revenge on the Stairs
This was a long time ago, but my sister would always run down the steps and unnecessarily pound each step. My parents hated it and always assumed it was me, so I’d take the blame. Fed up, I once laid a bunch of sharp-ish rhinestones on the basement steps at my grandma’s house.
Hook, line and sinker, she came pounding down the basement steps barefoot. I wasn’t allowed to swim in the pool for the rest of the day, but it was totally worth it.
18. Theft Turned Into A Reward
When I was 10, I often went down to a local store to look at all the cool Hot Wheels they had. I often asked my mom to buy me the corvette stingray version because it has always been my favorite, but she said no, as always. One day, I hopped on my bike and went down there, put the car in my pocket and tried to “escape” without anyone noticing. And nobody did. That is until I got home and my brother asked me who bought me that toy. Not thinking, I said it was a gift from the cashier. He knew something was fishy, so he snitched.
My mom dragged me down to the store to apologize, took away my Gameboy and took my Ice Cube CDs. Two days later, the owner of the store knocked on the door and brought us a basket full of candy and TWO Hot Wheels cars. Looking back at it, that might have encouraged me to steal more. But I’ve never done it since then and I’m not planning on doing so ever again.
17. Losing Privileges of Over LEGOs
My mom boxed my LEGOs up in middle school because she said it was time to put away childish things.
I broke ’em back out when I was a junior in high school. It was totally worth losing my driving privileges for a month!
16. That’s How I Poop
I was at this summer camp for kids aged 5 to 12 or so and I was one of the oldest kids at the camp. One kid had a birthday party and brought a piñata, so I grabbed a bunch of chocolate candy. Then I put some in my mouth to soften it and then spit it out in front of the kids.
I convinced them I didn’t poop normally and this is how I pooped. The kids got freaked out and they had to call my mom to pick me up. She was freaking livid.
15. Best Punishment Ever
The second time my girlfriend slept over at my parent’s house, we stayed in different rooms. In the morning, I went in to wake her up. My mom assumed we had slept together and was pissed. She came down and yelled at us, saying she thought it was disrespectful and so on.
So, the punishment was that we were going to be barred from coming back. I yelled back and said that we hadn’t slept together, that I just went in to wake her up. My girlfriend and I went for a walk to let the air clear. When my mom realized she was wrong, she was mortified. She took us to Disney World to make up for it. Best punishment ever.
14. Then You Should Have Known…
I used to prank call people as a teenager. I used to get together with my buddies, call up psychics, and ask them if they were real and if they could actually predict the future. When they inevitably said yes, we would say, “Then you should have predicted this was a prank call!”
Cue the angry shouting and phone slamming on the other end. I got caught once; I can’t remember the punishment, but it was relatively mild and I caught my mom hiding a smirk.
13. Real Life Scooby-Doo?
I wore a ghost costume at an abandoned hotel that was for sale. I almost scared off all the investors so I could get a good price on it.
If it weren’t for those meddling kids and their crazy dog, I would have gotten away with it.
12. The Senior Party
My moment was probably going to our senior party back in high school. I got very tipsy and did not get home until 9 am the next morning.
As punishment, my dad called me in sick that day to school (we had our senior party on a school night for some reason) and made me pull barbed wire fence all day while hungover.
11. He Didn’t Realize
My grandpa was searching for chapstick all around the house and I ran up to him, handing him a gluestick.
I thought he’d realize and laugh. He didn’t realize.
10. Becoming A Legend
I skipped school and pulled a prank on my biology class that weirdly made me a legend and hero for my last two years of high school.
I got suspended for a few days and my parents punished me by disallowing me from playing Super Smash Bros Brawl, which had just come out, for a few weeks. But they were never home, so I played it anyway. That, combined with my new hero status at school, made it all extremely worth it.
9. She Bit Me
I was a sassy elementary school kid, and I told my mom to “bite me” in response to something. She did!
And I was shocked and thought it was hilarious. I also never used that phrase again and checked my sassiness.
8. For Her Health and Mine
I used to steal my mom’s cigarettes and destroy them. She smoked inside the house the whole time I was growing up, and no matter how much we asked her to do it outside, she refused.
She caught me in her purse stealing her smokes when I was about 8 and I got the punishment of a lifetime.
7. The Profile Picture Switch
One day during school, I needed to use one of the school computers to turn in some work that I needed to do. Once I got onto the computer, I noticed that someone was still logged in. It turned out to be my homeroom teacher. Being the excellent comedic genius I was back in eighth grade, I decided to change her profile picture to a chicken.
A week or two passed by and one day during homeroom, my teacher pointed at me and told me to come up to the front and I was scolded. I also got one week of lunch detentions. My parents found out and took all my electronics away for a week, all because Kevin, my little brother, snitched on me.
6. A Kind Gesture
I let a girl sleep in my car because she had no home to go to that night. I got grounded for a month because I wasn’t allowed to bring her near the house, but I parked really closeby anyway.
I might have been naive and young, but there was no way was I letting her sleep in the street.
5. Watch What You Say
My husband tackled one of his friends who called his brother a “retard”- he has severe autism.
He got suspended, his friend did not. But his friend never again used that word in my husband’s presence.
4. Snuck Out for A Hook-Up
I snuck out of my house in the middle of the night and took the car to go hook up with my girlfriend for the first time. They called me during the act, but I let it go to voicemail and finished before calling them back to face the music.
When I got home, I experienced the most intense yelling session I’ve ever had in my life, but all I could think about was how amazing what I just did was and how I couldn’t wait to do it again. It was 100% worth it.
3. Shame He Didn’t Get Caught
My brother had this whole-body snowsuit with a hood when we were young. So I filled it up with old clothes and one of those white styrofoam mannequin heads (with a scarf to hold it in) and me and my friend would leave it on the side of the road and then hide and watch cars pull over to check on it.
I was old enough to pull it off but young enough not to have the empathy for the horror that these poor people were feeling when they thought there was a dead child on the side of the road. I never got caught or in trouble for this, but man, was I a brat as a kid!
2. Lesson Learned
I had a (fortunately short-lived) shoplifting phase when I was eight years old. I would often steal gum and candy from stores and got away with it for weeks. It came to an end when I got cocky and tried shoving a giant bag of gummies in my pocket.
A man caught me; he looked at me with a concerned face, asking, “Are you really going to do that?” He didn’t seem like he was going to snitch on me, but he didn’t need to. He scared me so much that I put it back and my mom caught me pulling it out of my pockets. She finally realized why I kept having candy when before she had been accusing my grandma the whole time. I was not allowed to watch TV, play video games, or go anywhere but school and home for a month. I learned never to steal again.
1. For the Sake of Being Cool
I took the car out on a joyride with my buddy when I only had my learner’s permit. It was worth it because we got to drive to the local park where everyone hung out to show how cool we were.
They only caught me because when I was backing up, I backed up into a hillside full of weeds and there were some weeds hanging from the tailpipe; they noticed when they got home from work.