The Top 5 LIES We Tell Our Children. Did Yours Show Up?


If you've ever lied to your kids, you're not alone- MOST parents do this- here are just a few examples of those fibs we tell. (For those parents that tell you they never lie to their kids, more than HALF of them just lied to you!)

Let’s see if yours makes the top 5 list!

  • Losing’ an annoying toy or claiming it was broken (55%)

We’ve all made the mistake. You actually BOUGHT that toy that ‘shoots’, moo’s’,‘yaps’ or ‘buzzes’ relentlessly until you’ve lost the will to live. Just lose that lil’ guy or say the batteries can no longer be bought. In other words, buh-bye!

  • Telling a lie to friends about my parenting style (49%)

I have deposited cookies into Tupperware and pretended I made them for charity bake sales. It feels more like a parental win, at least in my mind.

  • Saying you need to leave somewhere - such as the park - because “it’s closing time” (when it's not) (21%)

There’s always a lovely guy doing litter duty in high vis in our local park. I just tell Mae he’s going to lock us in if we don’t hurry. He’s a great guy; I think she’s scared of him. Sorry nice guy but we gotta get home to Paw Patrol.

  • Pretending it wasn't me who ate their chocolate/food (17%)

The Darkest Hour was drunkenly scoffing the contents of her party bag from her best friend Betsy. The next morning: “mama where’s my party bag?” The guilt was immense; the lie gargantuan. “Daddy ate the candy, sweetie, sorry about that.”

  • Pretending to phone the police because they have done something naughty (15%)

I pretend to phone Santa Claus/The Easter Bunny [insert other fake character here] at least once a day. It’s wearing thin but I shall persist.


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