Lying about your child's age

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Lying about your child's age

We all know certain places offering a discount for children under a certain age or even allows children under a certain age in for free. Have you or would you ever lie to get your kid in for free or a discount? I think we have done this debate a few years ago but let's do it again Smile

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I would like to say that I would never lie about my child's age, but I don't know. I am not perfect. When we went to Disney Caitlyn was so small they assumed she was young enough to go in free. I corrected the person that worked there and they let her go in anyway. I do think it sets a bad example for your children if you lie in front of them.

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I have not done it yet, nor do I think I would. I dont want my kids to think lying is acceptable. Growing up my brother was very small for his age and I noticed my parents would lie sometimes (amusement parks is where I noticed) As an adult I have asked about it, and my mom said they didnt want to pay full price when he was to small to ride a lot of the rides and that makes sense to me.

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I admit it...I'll let the kids order off the kids menu if they're a year or two older. Some places it's pretty low, and the serving sizes are more what I want my kids to have anyway. Of course, I also order the Team Scoopie kids' meal at Culver's for myself :oops: .

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I never look at age on a kids menu, and didnt as a server either, so I dont count those. But I would NEVER lie about my childs age to get them in somewhere for cheaper. I remember going to some kids museum with my family and my parents lied about my age, to the point of telling me that if anyone asked, I was only six or whatever. I spent the whole time there terrified that someone would ask me my age, and that I would get kicked out, or removed from my parents, or....... What was the point of taking me to a enriching family activity when I spent the whole time worrying. I couldnt imagine ever doing that to my kids. In my moms defense, I mentioned this recently and she had no idea what I was talking about.

However, I grew up on an island, and I totally remember my parents LETTING us ride on the top camper bunk through the lineup, and I am sure now it was so they wouldnt have to pay for us. At the time I had no idea what was going on, so that didnt stress me out the same. Dont think I would do it though.....I obviously dont handle lying well myself and would probably just be stressed out if I did.

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If my child had just turned the age that took them to the next price point, and there was a significant cost difference, I might lie about it, and I wouldn't feel bad about it.

But in general I think kids are pretty proud as they hit each age milestone, and like to crow about it. I don't want to ruin that for them. They were each really excited when they became paying customers on our commuter train! Funny. (Fortunately pretty cheap too.)

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Tiven was also so excited when she turned five and had to start paying transit fare! I did one time, not too long after she'd turned five, ask her to pretend to be four because I didn't have any money with me and she was tired & didn't want to walk home. I wasn't yet in the habit of making sure I had quarters with me if I took her along. :oops:

Every amusement park I've been to have a discounted price for kids who are below the height requirement of the major rides. And at places like carnivals and county fairs, the kiddie rides take only 1 or 2 tickets so it's usually cheaper to buy a handful of tickets than a wrist band.

One place where I do lie, mostly by ommission since no one's ever asked, is at the museum where we have a family membership that includes "all my children under age 18." We regularly take along a friend for a playdate. I figure the museum is willing to let me in with 3 or 4 or 5 children of my own, so they should let me in with my two kids and the one more who pretty much *is* my child for that period of time. I tell the friend, if anyone asks, I'm their step-mom. Blum 3

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I've done it...in a situation similar to what Laurie mentioned. Just barely missed the cutoff...by a few months only and there was a very significant difference in price.

So i guess yes i would. Is it a good or right thing to do? No, it would be hard to argue otherwise.

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"Spacers" wrote:

One place where I do lie, mostly by ommission since no one's ever asked, is at the museum where we have a family membership that includes "all my children under age 18." We regularly take along a friend for a playdate. I figure the museum is willing to let me in with 3 or 4 or 5 children of my own, so they should let me in with my two kids and the one more who pretty much *is* my child for that period of time. I tell the friend, if anyone asks, I'm their step-mom. Blum 3

For the purposes of debate, i don't think this is any different than lying about a child's age.

I say for the purposes of debate because in reality...its not like this horrifies me or anything LOL.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

For the purposes of debate, i don't think this is any different than lying about a child's age.

I say for the purposes of debate because in reality...its not like this horrifies me or anything LOL.

I guess it's just semantics but I do think it is a bit different than at an amusement park where you actually say, "Two adults and two kids," instead of "Three adults, and one child." At the museum, as a member, you just walk up to the door & they swipe your card & check your ID and you're in. No one has ever asked if all the kids are mine so I haven't *had* to lie about it. But I would. :oops:

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"Spacers" wrote:

I guess it's just semantics but I do think it is a bit different than at an amusement park where you actually say, "Two adults and two kids," instead of "Three adults, and one child." At the museum, as a member, you just walk up to the door & they swipe your card & check your ID and you're in. No one has ever asked if all the kids are mine so I haven't *had* to lie about it. But I would. :oops:

Naaa, both are lies and dishonest.

One you are saying your child is not the age they really are....and the other you are passing off a child as your own and is not.

In both situations you get to pay less than what you would if they knew the entire truth.

I think lying by omission is still lying.

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I agree with Kim, and I also don't think it's a big deal anyway.

I don't think I have to be 100% honest about everything. Every once in a while the train conductor forgets to collect my ticket, I don't chase after him offering it up. I enjoy the free ride and use my ticket the next time.

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If LC would let me get away with it, then yes I would!

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