You know that feeling when you’re pretty sure you can game the system, but then you get busted and realize that people (ie: your parents) are nowhere near as dumb as you thought they were?

These 11 lovely kids are having that experience for maybe the first (but probably not the last) time, and it’s just as gloriously awkward as you’d think.

11. You have to eat the evidence, kid!

That was really dumb, kid!

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So the sweets thief struck again last night!! I woke up this morning to this lovely half eaten pile of oreos 🤷🏽‍♀️. And she (Grace) is getting stealthier because she can now do it with all the lights off in order to keep from getting caught!🤦🏽‍♀️🙏🏽👏🏼😡🧐 #princessgrace #thiefgrace #sneakychild #sweettooth #notmyfavoriteoreos #badness #terriblethrees

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10. This kid is my hero.

That is pure genius. Future leader of the world.

9. Score one for Wonder Woman!

YESSSS!!!! She killed it!

8. Get rid of the evidence.

Or just hide it better. Either or.

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Cleaning out their bedroom now that they’re back to school, to find out they hide midnight snacks in their drawers already … sneaky sneaky 🐭 when asked, she said “whaaat? Ok yes I hid those” #honesty #midnightsnack #nannylife #sfnanny #nannysf #nanny #backtoschool #goldfish #sneakykids #sfkids #bayarea #bayareananny #nannydiaries #nannyjobs #nannymcphee

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7. This child is a monster.

But that’s a solid prank.

6. Happy Birthday?

More like messy birthday!

5. At least he TRIED.

The tape WAS considerate, at least.

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This isn’t incriminating at all, kids. #busted #sneakykids

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4. Oh my goodness, bless his heart.

That’s the sweetest!

3. It totally looks like it belongs there. Ha!

This kid knows what’s up!

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HAHAHAHA! Cleaning out the attic and what is in my toy box?? A can of Betty Crocker chocolate frosting. #caught #chocolatelover #sneakychild

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2. That’s some dedication right there.

How long did that take?!?

1. I have a lot of questions.

You don’t CLEAN them in there do you?

Ah, I do not miss being a kid most of the time! Send me back to college, sure, but not any earlier.

Do you remember the first time you realized you weren’t as smart as you thought? Or you thought that maybe there were others who were much, much, much smarter than you?

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