Sadly, your young self learned the wrong lessons.
- Always ask the question to which you want a specific answer (should be yes or no) when your parents are distracted.
- If you don’t get the correct answer, try again at the next opportunity until you get the correct answer.
- What you have the correct answer, never bring the subject up again until confronted by parents.
PS: This doesn’t work with spouses. They hold more power than parents because you chose them (no matter how foolish your choice may have been.)
PPS: Nothing in the Postscript applies to my own marriage. Carol is perfect and I chose wisely.