Parenting is all about unconditional love, empathy, and family values. But it also involves a few bottles of wine, bribery, and lying. Fortunately, moms and dads aren't sugar-coating any of it.

To show you that being a hypocrite isn't necessarily a bad thing, Bored Panda put together a list of tweets where parents share the times they... stretched the truth with their kids. From the classic "I can see it from here" to the new-age "Hummus is princess food", we included them all. Enjoy!

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

That's not a lie! That's a brilliant hack!

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However, people should be really careful when it comes to lying to kids. Imagine this: An adult meets a child and says: "There is a huge bowl of candy in the next room. Want to go get some?" The child agrees and follows the adult into the room.

But there is no candy.

The adult admits it was a lie, explaining, "I just said that because I wanted you to come play with me."

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Jyri Hakola
Community Member
2 months ago

Technically that is not a lie. You just invented that game.

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troufaki13
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2 months ago

My nephew would have made me go look with him :/

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This was the first step in an experiment by Chelsea Hays and Leslie Carver. The researchers subjected 46 children to this trick, and as you can probably guess, these kids felt disappointed. But the children were polite and agreed to play with the adult anyway.

This leads to the second part of the experiment—a guessing game.

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

My dad is the only one of our family who eats Brussels sprouts: had a friend over for tea in high school, he asked her if she liked Brussels sprouts, she exclaimed "oh no, they're gross! But I do like those little cabbage things" (meaning the sprouts). Proud of my fam , none of them blinked an eye. I guess she just said "ew Brussels sprouts" coz we all did/other ppl do, without realising

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ravina nimje
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2 months ago

We all do that, sometimes to ourselvs.

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For this phase, each child was asked to stare straight ahead while the adult held a toy behind the child's back.

The toy represented a familiar fictional character (like Winnie the Pooh, or the Cookie Monster), and the child had to guess the identity of the toy without looking.

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Wendillon
Community Member
2 months ago

and if you do plan on it, be prepared for "mommy, what's a dildo?"

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Kira Okah
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2 months ago

As a kid, I was told, simply enough, tht you should wear your seatbelt in the car because without it a car crash can kill you. I don't see why this situation would require a lie when the truth is perfectly fine here.

Wendillon
Community Member
2 months ago

Because in reality most kids don't understand death. The truth only works if it can be correctly understood.

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Tiari
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It simply was NEVER up for discussion in my family. A simple „I will not start the car if you don’t put your seatbelt on.“ Why invent a lie?

Kyle
Community Member
2 months ago

My dad was a designer for Ford. He didn’t wear his seatbelt on a hunting trip and fell out of a Jeep. His drawing arm was shattered. They put in a rod to stabilize the arm. Took him months of grueling work to get back enough functionality to go back to work. No one in the family ever went anywhere without a seatbelt again.

Denise VanBuren
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't see anything wrong with telling kids this little white lie. It would speed things up and kids would get into the habit of buckling up before the car starts. And if they think about it later as they grow and realize it wasn't the truth they're going to know their mom did it to keep them safe.

Melissa Peck
Community Member
2 months ago

I have had to tell grown adults that we aren't going anywhere until they put their seatbelt on. And then later I had to threaten to pull over and kick them out if they didn't put it back on when they took it off.

Batgirl Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

I find it so annoying when i am getting into a car with a friend and their parent starts driving before i am even buckled in. Drives me nuts! (Pun not intended.)

Guido Pisano
Community Member
2 months ago

I just teached my kids that seatbelt must be wore. I do not move until everyone has it fastened (same for adults that comes in my car)

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 months ago

A competent mechanic can add seat-occupancy sensors to the drivers' seatbelt 'dinger' circuit on pretty much any car, so your rear passengers will get the same audible reminder that you do.

Carrie de Luka
Community Member
2 months ago

My last few cars have all had these sensors - no-wants to listen to the annoying ding.

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Stille20
Community Member
2 months ago

Some of these are useful white lies, but this one is easy. I don't start the car until I hear the seat belts click. They will learn this is a lie and they will wonder what else you lie about.

Kate
Community Member
2 months ago

My mom had my sister and I believing this one for years; with me it got upgraded from 'seatbelt buckled' to 'seatbelt buckled and strap on properly' (because I'd buckle myself in but then pull the chest strap behind my back.)

Eunice Bentley
Community Member
2 months ago

My mother told her neighbour that. The lady never wanted to put her seatbelt on. One day when she was riding with her son they were in a small accident. He was shocked that she had her seatbelt on and hadn't gotten hurt. He said Mom you never wear your seatbelt. She said must be getting to be a habit. Did you know Betty's car won't even start unless everybody has their seatbelt on?

Dark_flame
Community Member
2 months ago

Using seat belts gained popularity due to children making their parents start wearing them 🤣🤣

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
2 months ago

For me, it was the police that would arrest you for not wearing a seatbelt. Even today when I see a cop car, I make sure that the seatbelts properly attached

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

That's very smart

Margie Roosli
Community Member
2 months ago

I told my kids the same when they were little. They are in their 40s now

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
2 months ago

welp, my dad told me if the ice cream truck was playing music, it meant he had sold all the ice cream....

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm sorry.

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Lynn Korbel
Community Member
2 months ago

I told my kids "the car doesn't go until the seatbelts are fastened." They knew I was the one who made the car go. Now, I take care of old people and tell them the same thing!

JD Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

My dad just wouldn’t start the car until we did. We would just sit there.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
2 months ago

Hey, I had to tell my mom that, too!

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
Community Member
2 months ago

I was told the same lie. wish my husband was too.

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
2 months ago

thats brilliant

John Louis
Community Member
2 months ago

A stupid lie!

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After playing two rounds of the game, the adult suddenly told the child that she had to leave for a minute to answer a phone call.

She said she'd be right back and the two of them would continue the game. Meanwhile, she explained, she was going to leave behind the next toy to be identified (she covered it so the child couldn't see what it was) and put it on a table.

"Don't peek while I'm gone!" she said.

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Kristal
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, that's not entirely false though

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Jyri Hakola
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably the next lie will be that daddy sleeps now in a sofa because there he can hear...

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Vic
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2 months ago

*hides the matches*

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The adult was gone for 90 seconds. During this period, a hidden camera recorded the child's activities. When the adult came back, she asked the child to promise to tell the truth, asking "When I was gone did you turn around and peek to look at the toy?"

Hays and Carver recorded the answers, and compared the results to those of children in a control group (47 kids who went through the same procedure, but without the initial trickery).

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Thomas E S Thomas
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2 months ago

Hummus IS princess food.

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GaeFrog
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean it's not really a lie :/ lol

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Wendillon
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2 months ago

I think my mother used this on my brother too. Kid was too lazy to use the potty.

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The results were really interesting. Compared with older children, 3- and 4-year-olds tended to peek more often. But they also tended to tell the truth more often. Their responses didn't vary by the condition—being lied to did not make a difference.

But the behavior of older kids (ages 5 and up) depended on the adult's track record. The kids who had been tricked by the adult were more likely to peek. They were also more likely to lie about it afterward. 

Now at least you know the potential consequences of lying to a child. Assuming they catch you...

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M O'Connell
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2 months ago

I would LOVE to have a SO who bought me tools.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes this lol, I'm currently in a long term battle of wills and I use this :D

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Something
Community Member
2 months ago

Not only do you not have to go over and see it, they are also more likely to behave themselves thinking you can what they are doing.

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ravina nimje
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2 months ago

I wish it was real.

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
2 months ago

Be careful, I'm a middle aged woman that can't leave the house, start work, go on a journey, join a meeting, without going to the bathroom first!

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troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

Once my 3yo nephew had a sleepover at my house. When he woke up the next he asked me "why are you so beautiful?" I almost cried :D

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DogMom
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2 months ago

Until the day the ice cream truck shows up without music

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

Our computer and tv used to need naps, or they would be so tired they would need to sleep all of tomorrow. As evidenced by the computer having a sleep mode! XD it was good while it lasted, he's long since wised up but it worked for quite a while

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Amelie Peacock
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2 months ago

this one's cute :) thats it, i definitely want to be a parent when im older

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Brendan
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, "If you don't stop by the count of three - one, two, three...Ok, this is the last time I'm gonna count!"

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Amelie Peacock
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2 months ago

YES

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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2 months ago

bad "raccoon"! bad, bad, bad "raccoon"!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

You'd be surprised how many toys we tried "new" batteries in, but sadly they didn't work! (Only on several really awful toddler toys, nothing he was attached to)

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Marcellus the Third
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2 months ago

It should be. The fact that they're corporate sociopaths that keep it open is no reason to pay them.

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Draco Malfoy
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2 months ago

"Go hide, I'll come find you." I can just imagine the child 3 hours later, just standing in plain sight like: "Mommy, can you find me?" and she just completely ignores them haha

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Deborah B
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2 months ago

Buy the chili chocolate -"it's spicy, you won't like it" or 72% cocoa.

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Alexa Hume
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2 months ago

I am at work right now and this song is playing on the radio, how ironic

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DancingPig
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2 months ago

That's funny

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KiwiBubbles
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my goodness, my brother used to be up at 6 or 7 any day we didn't have school, but on school days my mom had to go in his room multiple times and work SO hard to force him to get up! I probably did that too when I was younger (and had less appreciation for sleeping in) but he's younger, so I remember him doing it more recently.

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ravina nimje
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2 months ago

If they insist add bit of black pepper.

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Donovan Holloway
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2 months ago

100% this is accurate!!!!

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chi-wei shen
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2 months ago

You're evil.

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