April Fools' Day pranks are a tradition in some families. And as the kids get older, there can be some serious competition as to who can pull off the best stunt. Parents with younger kids typically try to come up with some April Fools' Day pranks for kids that aren't mean, so that their little ones can get into the spirit of the holiday without getting upset or feeling scared.
Before deciding whether or not to pull a prank on your kids this year, you must first take into consideration their temperament and understand their limits. Children who suffer from anxiety and depression, or those who have anger or impulse control problems could have escalated symptoms after a prank, child psychologist Dr. David Palmiter warned in an interview with The Today Show. For example, popping out of a closet while wearing a scary mask may not be the best prank to pull on a child who has struggled with night terrors, or is still afraid of the dark.
Additionally, you should consider not capturing the prank on video or posting it without your child's consent. Your kid may be less of a good sport about being pranked if they are worried that their friends might come across the video online.
Here are some kid-friendly pranks you can pull this April Fool's Day.