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Lie to Your Kids About Their Lies

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Evil WeekEvil WeekWelcome to Evil Week, our annual dive into all the slightly sketchy hacks we’d usually refrain from recommending. Want to weasel your way into free drinks, play elaborate mind games, or, er, launder some money? We’ve got all the info you need to be successfully unsavory.

I don’t usually like to take the easy parenting road by, say, tricking children or lying to them. Also, I don’t think you teach your kids not to do the thing you don’t want them to do by doing that thing yourself. Like, I don’t think yelling at a kid teaches them that yelling isn’t cool. (I’m not saying I never yell; I’m saying that when I do, I’m setting a pretty piss-poor example for my kid of how to deal with one’s frustration or anger.) Likewise, I would normally say that lying to a child about their lying is not the right way to go.

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But it’s Evil Week, and sometimes a parent has to have a little fun. Our kids are only little and gullible for so long! You’ll eventually long for the days when your children believed every fantastical word that came out of your mouth simply because they considered you to be the top authority on absolutely everything. It’s only a matter of time before you drop in status from Knower of All Things to Utter Imbecile. Which is why I think you should tell your kid that their very obvious lie is written on their forehead.

If you’ve never tried this, the result is not only effective, it is adorable. When they’re all, “But Mommy, I don’t know who made this giant mess where toilet paper has been strewn about the entire second floor of our home! It wasn’t me,” it’s time to respond with, “You know, when you lie, I can see your lie written across your forehead.”

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Will this make them stop lying? Of course not! Instead, it will make them cover up their forehead with their hand in the world’s most obvious “tell.” It’s better than going all Pinocchio on them and trying to convince them their nose will grow upon muttering a lie. They might touch their nose or run to look in a mirror the first time, but they’ll be onto you pretty quick when that cartilage stays in place.

The forehead lie, on the other hand, is not immediately seen or felt and, of course, can fade pretty quickly or be wiped off when they slap at their own face in desperation. They may even enter the room, hand over forehead or hat pulled down low, in preparation for a lie they are about to tell.

Keep it going for as long as they fall for it, or use your own lie as a way to start talking to them about the difference between truth, lies, and “make believe,” all of which is totally developmentally appropriate.

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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