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 calamari? When reason fails, necessity provides a solution: lies.

This list by 22words is based on a Reddit thread of a similar name and contains the finest actual lies parents have used on their kids. What lies do you remember from childhood? Vote on your favorite, or post your own below!

(h/t: 22words)

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JeanneDeaux 3 years ago

Oh, definitely using this one now!

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AlanCh'ng 3 years ago

Good excuse!

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JaniceChampkin 3 years ago

another brilliant one!

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DavidMann 3 years ago

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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LauraTomescu 3 years ago

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

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GoustanBodin 3 years ago

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

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Fran 3 years ago

I really like this one!

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PhilRew 3 years ago

We called it water chicken.

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ThijsLouis 3 years ago

that's a classic...

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FacedVentura 3 years ago

Thats actually kind of true..

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