Yes, I prank my own kids
This is going to sound bad, but some of the best pranks we pulled were on our own kids. Now these pranks usually came after they had tried to pull some kind of gross or scary prank first. Of course this wasn't always the case. Let me tell you, either way, they deserved every prank played on them for 4 reasons:
1.) They came out of the womb playing jokes &amp; trying to scare and gross me out (Now in light of 3 and 4 that's just freaking wrong.)
2.) They have always like making short jokes and I'm vertically impaired
3.) They each weighed in the 9+ pound range at birth
4.) Each provided more than 30 hours of "adventurous" labor
Besides I am the only female in the house, outnumbered 3 to 1. With our boys' personality being outnumbered means you either do the prank or be the prank.
This one was a preemptive strike against our oldest. During a family movie night one of our movies included a kid who decides to paint their parents hair in their sleep. Our oldest who was about 11 or 12 years old at the time started joking how he was going to do the same to us. As an African-American woman, one thing we do not play about is our hair. So, I made some off-hand comment that may have referenced the need for the boys needing protective custody or witness protection if I woke up with a new dye job. They found this hilarious...not kidding. I gave "the look" and after a little more back and forth the subject was closed. However, later in the evening I hear my sweet little monster, telling his younger brother how he could get us 'good', especially my husband because he sleeps hard. This kid was going to get both of us! I'm talking rubbing hands and all! Now this is the kid who had also just came out as disliking our favorite football team. Stating he not only liked the Baltimore Ravens but thought they were "way better" than the Dallas Cowboys! (WT...?!? smh needless to say that was a dark time in our humble Dallas nation home) Now I chalked the team disloyalty up to rebellion and confusion, but coupled with the plot to mess with our locks, meant retaliation was required.
So, when bedtime arrived, my husband and I decided we would wake up earlier than usual and paint the side of his head with a beautiful blue star. I'm not talking some cutesy little star. We literally had to leave their bedroom multiple times as we fought off giggles, taking turns covering one whole side of his head with this work of art. (Tell us who sleeps too hard now?)
Because he is only half conscious when he first wakes up, he didn’t really notice it until after he had brushed his teeth and started to wash his face. The reaction was CLASSIC! It got especially funny when we realized he thought it was permanent! Then he accused his little brother promising him physical pain. We had to stop laughing to intervene and save a life. He vowed to get us back. To his credit, he did get in a few good scares here and there for the next few weeks. But it was worth it to let him know that ultimately we rule the prank scene in our home. We just had to let him know, he needed to get up pretty early in the morning if he was going to prank us.