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We carry all sorts of things we might need with us on a regular basis: our cell phones, wallets, a couple of adhesive bandages, that loose change that always seems to be in the bottom of your pocket unless you actually need it. Some people though, have taken this to the extreme.

I grew up hearing the phrase "We might need it later". My grandmother was one of those people who always took a big stack of napkins at a fast food place, kept all of her sauce packets, and re-used Cool-Whip and Yogurt containers to store leftovers. She always had a book of matches on her, though she never smoked, in case she needed to start a fire for some reason.

I usually carry a multi-tool and a lighter, just in case, and they've proven invaluable in both emergencies and everyday life (I can usually manage to light candles and open that annoying plastic packaging, at least).

When Reddit user howdoiuseredditdotcom asked:

"What's something you carry around with you for the sole purpose of 'Oh, I might need this one day'?"

some of the replies were absolutely bizarre. You'll find some of the best below.

Seems Valid


I don't smoke, but for 20 years I've carried a lighter. Why?

The end of The Fifth Element. They almost didn't have fire, and that would have been disastrous.

Do I think my keychain lighter will be the difference between life and the end of all life as we know it in an all-consuming darkness? Probably not.

But...what if?


Desperate Need For Popcorn?

One day at work the glass plate in the microwave broke. My coworker had an extra one in his car.


Don't Panic


A towel


Hitchhiking again are we?


All Things Should Be Googly

I have a tiny container of googly eyes in my purse for whenever something looks like it should be a little more googly.


Community Cat Love

I carry a cat toy in my purse in case I run into a stray cat that needs something to play with


Spontaneous Tennis


For the longest time, I kept a bag of tennis balls in the trunk of my car.

Just in case.

Just in case of what? I don't know. A youth pickup baseball game? A random urge to play catch with no mitts? I highly doubt a spontaneous game of tennis since I didn't have a racket.


You might come across a dog in desperate need of one to play with.


Sometimes You Just Have To Try

I've carried a get out of jail free card from a 1940s monopoly set in my wallet for the past 8 years. I've used it once during a traffic stop when I was speeding, made the cop chuckle and got me out of a ticket. Sometimes you just gotta make em laugh lol


"Sir you were going 90mph in a 65. What do you have to say for yourself?"

*Hands over a get out of jail free card*

"Damnit, you're free to go! SLOW Down!"


Emergency...Magicians? We Have Questions.

I've always carried around a comedically small deck of cards in my bag, no matter where I go. I feel like I live with the fear of ending up somewhere with no signal, and that I'd have to entertain myself for a few hours.

Or emergency magicians.


I'm not the only one!!! This made me so happy, I'll tell you a fun little story\~

So, I've been carrying a small deck of cards in my purse for years. Rarely/never used them. But almost exactly a year ago, I was sitting in a dentist's waiting room and I knew I'd be there for about an hour. This doesn't bother me too much, since I have other things to do, but I see a mom with 3 little kids and they are clearly starting to get bored.

She's trying to keep them entertained with reading magazines, but only the oldest two are really old enough to semi-care about what's in them.

I have severe social anxiety, but I knew that I'd kick myself forever if I didn't at least try...

I pulled the cards out of my purse and slowly approached, trying to figure out how to not appear like a threat, and asked the kids if they'd like to play a card came on the coffee table (making very sure to direct the question to his mother as well).

The older two kids were wary, the mother was smiling, and the smallest boy was EXCITED! He got permission from his mom and I sat on the floor across from him and started shuffling. I very quickly found out, though, that he had NO idea how to 1. play card games or 2. hold cards. So, his older sister begrudgingly helped him while I explained how to play Go Fish.

I'm really terrible at guessing ages, but I'd say the little one was maybe 4-5 and SO cute! His sister and brother eventually got more into the games, but it was so much fun to watch him get excited about picking something to ask and giggling and hiding under the table when he thought he was doing really well.

To wrap up this unrequested and long story, we played Go Fish until the 4th child was done with their appointment and they could leave. The last thing I heard as the door was shutting was the little boy telling his mom, "that was FUN!"

tl;dr - Keep carrying that deck of cards. Someday you might make a memory out of it! :)


A Crucial Digit


A mannequin finger.

Found it by a dumpster one day.

You never know when that'll come in handy.



A spork.

A K-Bar tactical spork to be specific.


A Very Vigilant DM

A tiny bag containing a complete set of rpg dice, because you never know when a random game of D&D might pop up.


One Brick, Two Brick


Used to carry two bricks in my car. Whenever I'd be asked why there were two bricks in my car, I'd explain it was for problems one brick couldn't solve.


You're on a slippery slope that will lead to your car being completely filled with bricks if you aren't careful my friend


Funnily enough, that's one location bricks would actually come in handy.


Fantastic Elastic

I always carry not one, not two, but three hair ties with me. One's usually in my hair, one of the extras is in case somebody else needs one but doesn't have their own, and the third is in case the one I'm using breaks. There have been many days I've needed two; either someone asked me for an extra or I break the one I'm currently using, but I've never needed all three... Yet.



GSW (Gunshot Wound)Trauma kit.

TQ, QuikClot, and an Izzy bandage.

I hope I never need it.


Fallout Preparedness


Iodine pills. I don't really think of myself as a 'doomsday prepper', but hey, if and when those bombs drop, guess whose thyroid is gonna be (mostly) protected from radiation? This guy's.


Time Travel Insurance

Two US silver dollars with the dates warn off and two gold nuggets in a small leather pouch. Its my insurance against time travel. It insures that in no matter what time period I might find myself in, I can pay for a room and a warm meal. I ve had some .. odd back up plans...


Wedding Rescuer

I always have a Fisher Bullet space pen in my pocket. I use it too much that I don't think of it as a "just in case" thing (unlike the safety pin on my Keychain).

However, I was once at a Jewish wedding, and when the bride and groom and witnesses went to sign the Ketubah, the rabbi discovered her pen had died. I was able to save the wedding! (and gave the pen as an extra wedding gift).


As Does Every Prepared Adventurer


A collection of potions of varying restorative properties and strengths. For that casual unexpected boss fight.


For Emergency Parties

I carry biodegradable confetti for when I need to celebrate. It's always on me and has a special pocket in my backpack.


Sometimes It's The Little Things That Make All The Difference


I carry around an emergency pack of cigarettes and a lighter in my purse. I don't actually smoke, but there was one evening, in a grocery store parking lot when a woman drove up next to me, rolled down her window, and asked me if I had a light. She was wearing scrubs and looked like she just got off the world's longest shift at the hospital and was DONE with everyone's sh*t. Luckily, I had a lighter, and gave her a light. She looked like I saved her sanity. I just want to be prepared for if it happens again.


What is something that you carry with you "just in case"? Let us know in the comments!

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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