Raising kids is no easy task, and your whole life turns upside down at least until your tiny human turns eighteen and is capable of dealing with responsibilities himself. Before he or she does, you, as a parent, are responsible that your cute kid turns out to be a good member of society and a wise human being. Now, we are not going to tell you exactly how parenthood works, but we can share a little secret - if necessity is the mother of invention, then lies are invention's older sibling. How do you get your kids to behave? How do you get them to eat vegetables? When reason fails, necessity provides a solution: white lies.

Of course, we are not advocating keeping the truth from your kids, as the little lies that we've compiled below are more like embellished truth, conveyed in an easily understandable way. And though sometimes these little lies are means of convincing your misbehaving kid into doing something he'd rather not, in other cases these parenting examples are just testing the little one's sense of humor.

This list by 22words is based on a Reddit thread of a similar name and contains the most excellent actual lies parents have used on their kids.

(h/t: 22words)

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Little Lies About Lying

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White Lie About TV

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DavidMann
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I loved to sing in the car on long journeys, when I was young and when he got fed up with it, my Dad would stop the car and let me out, saying that my voice was so good that he thought everyone outside would like to hear it. When I had had enough, he let me back in and we continued the journey.

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Little Lies To Make Kids Feel Better

Little Lies To Make Kids Feel Better

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LauraTomescu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that is a great lie, and one I will also tell my kid!

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GoustanBodin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Everybody be cool, this is a squeezery!" :D

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Embellishing Food Names

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Classic Parent Lies

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Little Lies About Food

Little Lies About Food

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JeanneDeaux
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was freaked out by Santa Claus : a stranger entering the house by the chimney? Han han, no way! Even if it's to bring gifts, it was way too weird for me. My parents tried very hard to make me believe it was a great man, but still, I had to sleep with them if they didn't want me to have a panic attack. So the Santa myths didn't stay for many years, they told me early that in fact it was them and no stranger entered the house once a year.

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TinyDynamine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Jesus... how to make a child paranoid from an early age. That is really horrible.

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MalinaMarcinek
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would just eat them by myself. kids cannot appreciatethem enough anyway:)

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StineApfelsine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My dad used the word hibiscus as another word for horse droppings. I was so disgusted as I saw a hibiscus tea..

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SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I was in university, a girl sneezed & puked at the same time! That was hilariously disgusting!

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IronLover 64
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

tell them that they will need towait longer for their meal instead

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AncaProfiroiu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mom told me it was because our planet was suddenly spinning too fast. I remembered until my first real geography class in fifth grade when I screamed at my teacher that my mom was always right *facepalm

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Serakin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But then they wont eat them! No one wants to eat a dolphin, right?

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Jude
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bwahaha! Talk about mixing stories to make a new one.

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ShelleyMcClanahan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh my goodness, my dad told me the exact same thing! I was so annoyed that it never worked, but then he'd be like, "No, it's working! There's one right there. It's really, really little though. Only I can see it, because I eat carrots." Of course Kid Me never made the connection that without his glasses he's legally blind..

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JeanneDeaux
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was told it would stay glued in my stomach, waiting for other gums to be swallowed until my stomach would be full and I would have to be given a new stomach.

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DeniseSchulze
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have no clue why americans are so fuzzed about a perfect yard. Making wreaths with dandelions is amazing.

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Maddox Cox
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

bad parenting, i also thought Black People had chocolate milk

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Ian Taggart
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, she told you that you were NEVER going to have a slurpee.

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RaeEnlow
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I told my kid Chuck E Cheese burned down. Imagine my surprise when she ran in and told me they rebuilt it because she saw it when she was riding with her grandmother!

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MohamedAllam
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mother used to tell me that if I cried and the bath the small hair in the tub will transform to spiders

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StephanieAnjos
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mum was told if she didn't eat all her rice at dinner her boobs wouldn't grow. She definitely ate all her rice.

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