your parents said they had to "check the Halloween candy for poison"
before you could have any and the next day half of it was missing? Or when Mom
said the tooth fairy was real but she only came if you brushed your teeth
every night without arguing?
been telling kids little white lies for ages. Why? For one reason, it's
hilarious. To illustrate, watch these two girls as they hop into the back seat
of their father's car after being sent on a hilarious mission to buy "blinker
fluid" and a "bucket of steam."
parents might stretch the truth on occasion is to prevent injury. Supposing your
toddler refuses to listen when you ask them not to jump on the couch. You could
keep asking them to stop (because doing so has worked so well in the past) or you
could just tell them that the invisible couch police are hiding underneath,
waiting to write them a ticket.
children that the ice cream truck only plays music when they are out of treats
is a great way to get them to stop begging.
writer and co-founder of website The Toast with Mallory Ortberg, shared a similar story
on Twitter earlier this week.
“We had so many
great months of the kids thinking that Scooby Snacks were plain whole wheat
crackers," she wrote. "Then a babysitter bought a box of Scooby fruit snacks and the
whole system collapsed in under three minutes.”
We had so many great months of the kids thinking that Scooby Snacks were plain whole wheat crackers, and then a babysitter bought a box of Scooby fruit snacks and the whole system collapsed in under three minutes.
Many and priceless.
shared a fond memory of her brothers, who tricked her into believing they were
raised by lions.
@Nicole_Cliffe My brothers convinced me that they'd been found on the side of the rode on the way to my grandparents' house where they had previously been living with a shack full of lions. Sometimes plush, sometimes real I guess? In upstate New York.
Another gave a
great example of just how far a grown-up will go to avoid taking kids to an
@Nicole_Cliffe My aunt and uncle live 20 minutes from Anaheim and the first time they took their three sons to Disneyland they drove 4 hours out of the way so the kids wouldn't know it was basically in their backyard.
just fun to tamper with innocence and see how far you can take it.
@Nicole_Cliffe When I was little, my bedtime was 8:30. I was also a very rule-abiding and gullible kid, so when my parents got tired of me during long car trips, they would tune the radio to AM 830 and tell me it was bedtime.
@Nicole_Cliffe my parents would take us on vacation, where the house they rented every year for ten years had "a broken TV." they actually just unplugged it straightaway when we arrived. we did not learn the truth until we were both in college.
We are parents,
and it's our job to raise responsible and courteous children. It helps if you
can laugh along the way.
@Nicole_Cliffe My dad told me that in every herd of cows there's always one cow named Herman, so every time we drove by cows we would roll down the windows and yell "HERRRRMAN!" and look for the one who looked up. I was in my teens before I realized this was not an actual thing.