For those of you that don’t know this one (lucky you:)): parents supposed to pretend that they ate all the Halloween candy and record kids reaction on camera. Few days after Halloween, ‘the best reactions’ are shown on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show. This prank really makes me cringe more than any other, just because it involves kiddos. Yes, I get it: it’s a prank. And: No, I don’t think it will cause a serious mental damage, but it simply breaks my heart. And if you think about, it doesn’t make any sense from the pedagogical point of view. It brakes so many rules that most parents (probably parents taking part in the challenge too) implement on a daily basis:
– If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.
– Always ask for the permission first.
– Don’t eat all your candy at once.
–And very important one: you can trust your parents.
-Work hard and you’ll be awarded.
Let’s face it: kids work their little butts off to get that candy! They are rewarded and then someone steals their ‘paycheck’. Hey parent, how would feel if that happened to you? The most common thing kids say after their parents tell them they ate the candy is : ‘that’s not fair’. You bet it isn’t ! Also, I think that small children don’t understand the concept of a prank. Often, after parents tell them they didn’t actually eat the treats (sometimes they show that bit on tv as well), kids just stand there, looking confused and probably thinking: ‘if that’s not true, why would you say that in the first place?’.
It’s understandable that kiddos cry and throw tantrums in this situation, because their trust was betrayed. By the way, some kids responses, like :’That’s ok, but let’s eat candy together next year.’, really warm my heart.
And most important question: if you are a parent, why would you want to make your child cry ?
Here’s a video from this and last years challenge. Tell me what you think in the comments.
PS – And remember people: kiddos or no kiddos, don’t you EVER joke about something as serious as candy!
PIN ME 🙂