We all carried out a few daring heists as kids, with our little brains convinced there was no way our fool-proof plan could fail.
Many of us were tempted into the dark underworld of forgery by adding things like chocolate and sweets to the weekly shopping list, unable to see that our attempts to match our parents’ handwriting was less believable than we had hoped.
But technology has moved on and so too, it appears, have the methods children will go to in a bid to get their own way.
A dad shared his kids’ genius attempt to convince him to give them more screen time by pretending to be their mum, and their efforts were widely praised after he posted the hilarious screenshots on Twitter.
Michael Kayne, a writer for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, wrote: “My kids figured out the password to my wife’s computer and have been sending me these texts as if they were from her.”
His offspring had clearly gone to a lot of effort in a bid to sound like his wife, writing: “The kids deserve device time, they have been going through a tough stretch of school. They have been good at dealing with this all. Just a random thought. Love ya.”
A follow up message then says: “I think we should let the kids do their roblox or whatever during school. It’s been a bumpy road this year and they deserve it. Love yaaaaaaa.”
However, their masterplan crumbled when their mum spotted the messages ‘she’ had sent and wrote: “Huh??? Who wrote this??”, leaving her husband to inform her: “Your scheming kids.”
The post has racked up more than 134,000 likes as others shared their own – less convincing – experiences.
Parents replied the post to praise his children for their efforts, as one wrote: “I mean at this point, I think they do deserve some device time haha”, with the dad replying: “Frankly, I’m scared not to give it to them.”
A second said: “Children are criminal masterminds that need a true crime series based around how they do this sort of stuff. I am still being held hostage by my 9 year old over his ‘lack of screen time’.”
Another added: “My kid once texted my husband as me saying he should pick up some Panda Express on the way home.”
Others came up with equally dastardly plans for the dad to get his own back, as one suggested: “You do realise that revenge is a dish best served cold.
“I would create fake eBay listings for ALL of their electronics. Tell them that they’re all sold. Make them personally box them up with you, put shipping labels on them and let them watch you drop them off at the post office.”