Everyday HJ gets home from school, I bombard him with questions.  What did you do, who did you sit by, what was fun lunch, who are your friends and on and on and on.  His response it either, “Me dunno” or “nothing, UGH!!!”.

Like he is 14.

I finally, FINALLY found a solution to this.  It started last night when I was trying to get HJ to tell me the class guinea pig’s name.  I knew it was something like cinnamon.  HJ kept saying, “I DONT KNOW MOM, ASK MY TEACHER, UGH.”

Then, I said I was going to tickle him until he told me.  I tickled and tickled, and within 30 seconds he was sputtering out, “CARAMEL! IT’S CARAMEL!”.  I laughed and was stunned all at the same time.  I needed to test this again.

“Hey, HJ!  Who’d you sit by today?”


I started tickling.  Suddenly he is shouting, “NOAH!  I SAT BY NOAH!”.


Through tickle torture, I was able to find out what was for snack, who he sat by, that they learned about heaven, discussed an upcoming field trip and worked on a letter worksheet.

This is the most information I have received all school year.  By the end, he was laughing so hard he was crying and letting me know he was about to pee.

Pretty sure we will be doing this every night now.

8 Thoughts on “Tickle Torture (it’s like water boarding)

  1. That’s awesome. It’s a great way to bond AND find out information, I love it.

  2. Andrew on October 14, 2013 at 9:59 am said:

    I agree. I have given up soooooooo much information, even secrets, because of tickle torture. Impossible to resist.

  3. that is genius, I will definitely try it out!

  4. Any updates on how it’s working? Contined success?

    • sliceofmudpie@gmail.com on October 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm said:

      Success! It works in lots of different situations too!

      • I hope another blog post is coming with more details on the developments. Such an interesting technique. Lol.

        • I’m going to have to try this on my little one as well. (Does it work on boyfriends too? Lol) I also agree that we need to hear more about other situations where it’s worked for you. Love the blog!

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