We take a look at some of the more unusual examples of white lies from across the web, as well as the more common ones we often tell our children. How far would you go to improve your child's behaviour?
‘If you eat your carrots you can see in the dark’
As a kid, this is how I was fooled into digesting extra nutrition, while simultaneously gaining the false hope of superpowers. Sadly, that night I realized that there was no truth in my parent’s words. Either that, or they were the wrong type of carrot.
For children, concepts regarding nutrition and economics are sometimes too hard to stomach. The idea of being able to see in the dark is far more appealing.
Not so ‘white’ lies
A thread on reddit posed the question to the public: ‘How did your parents scare you as a child?’ We give you the 10 best (or perhaps worst):
1. White lie: “My parents told me that if I picked my nose, I might detach one of the cords that held my eye in place, and my eyeball would fall out of my head – You can imagine my panic every time I got a cold and my mom instructed me to blow my nose.” From ‘h3rnam3isclair3’
2. White lie: “My grandma used to tell me that if I got water up my nose in the bath or shower that I would get “brainwashed” and forget all my memory. Still have an irrational fear of water up my nose.” From ‘ohanti’
3. White lie: “If I swallowed watermelon seeds that a watermelon would GROW INSIDE ME. Seriously, how scary is that?” From ‘davidburns’
4. White lie: “When I was 4, my mum told me if I tried turning on a gas stove and heard a click then the stove would explode and kill everyone. I didn’t get over this fear until last year. Im 24.” From ‘yobigboss’
5. White lie: “As a little girl my parents and grandparents used to say that if I didn’t eat my sandwich crusts I would grow hair on my chest like my pop. I ate every single crust.” From ‘danielle3193’
6. White lie: “My mom said that if I didn’t sleep by 10PM, God would abduct me and carry me to the moon. I believed her for longer than I care to admit.” From ‘vSamster’
7. White lie: “My parents told me that if I touched my wee wee that everyone in the world would have to touch it too, just to be fair. My mom was weird.” From ‘applepasta’
8. White lie: “If I swallowed my gum I would fart bubbles. I did it by accident once and had a full-scale meltdown at Walmart.” From ‘DancingWithDaleks
9. White lie: “My parents told me about Santa and how he’ll eat me for Christmas if I wasn’t a good kid” From ‘troublesshotgun’
10. White lie: “My mom told me and my sister that if we fought she was taking us to jail. The fighting ceased immediately.” From ‘hops_and_barley’
Do you lie to your kids?
A survey last year by Warburton’s found that around half of parents made up creative white lies to tell their kids, in order to improve behaviour.
The most common fib was about the tooth fairy (38%). Another 14% of parents have tricked their kids by winding the clock forward for bedtime and 2% admitted to telling their children that music from the ice cream van means it has ran out!
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Find out more on why your child might tell lies in this video:
We’re all guilty
Even the most honesty – conscious parents are surely guilty of bending the truth a little.
“Mmm..your play-doh biscuit is delicious !”
“Yes, we’re nearly there”
“The injection won’t hurt at all”
“That’s a beautiful painting…what is supposed to be?”
And perhaps we’re forgetting one huge whopper many of us tell, concerning a plump man with a white beard and red coat coming down the chimney.
Don’t over-do it
If used sparingly, white lies can serve as a quick fix to a parenting problem. However, white lies are still lies. If you do it often, you risk breaking your child’s trust as well as encouraging them to be dishonest.
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We also strongly advise that you should stay clear of any white lies that will scare your child. This means the ‘10 most hilarious white lies from reddit’ are strictly off limit!