Its true this saying can be applied, successfully, to almost all areas of life. Including and possibly most importantly - Parenthood. I could be talking about parenting advice, safety of toys and baby gear, OTC medications or academics. But what I really a talking about is the kids themselves.
When "Have you cleaned your room?" is answered with a resounding yes, trust but verify.
When "You have to finish your peas before getting desert." is followed by "I already did." Trust but verify.
When you ask the kids if they put their clothes away and they look right in your eyes and say they did. Trust but Verify:
I give them credit for this one. It is in their closet and next to their dressers.