While some of these lies could easily be justified (because let’s be honest, who would want a child to be awake all night long on Christmas waiting for Santa right at the door?) there are others that were absolutely mean (did your parents ever say, “come back here, I promise I won’t punish you” only to do just that?).
Of course, honesty is key when raising kids. We as parents must be straightforward with our children and explain issues to them in practical, accessible ways. After all, knowledge is power; it can help kids make better choices for their futures, and even guide them to be more empathetic toward others. But sometimes, a lie can save you quite a headache when you’re fielding awkward questions — and it might even prevent kids from hurting themselves. That’s the funny thing about the #LiesYourParentsToldYou Twitter thread: It makes it pretty clear that sometimes, the best solution really is a tiny white lie.
As parents, we don’t mean to be deceitful. We just want you to do the right thing. You know, whatever we think that is.
Here are some of the funniest, cruelest lies Twitter has debunked. Any of these sound familiar?
— Kesley 🇨🇲 (@kesleyfg) June 21, 2019
I guess he won’t be trying pumpkin, chia, or sunflower seeds anytime soon.
— Jess Daydreams (@jess_daydreams) June 20, 2019
Just wait until she becomes a grandma for star-shaped, crustless sandwiches.
— I AM 👑 (@ladykd_4) June 20, 2019
We all believed in those 7 years of bad luck.
— darshanie (@taeubaeful) June 20, 2019
…and then we would have to wait through the never-ending “goodbye tour” of said house.
Parents: "We'll think about it"
Me: "Thank you" *wanders off under the impression that my deepest desires are being carefully and consideratly weighed
— Anthony Sinnott (@librarianth) June 20, 2019
A tender way of saying “no,” right?
— HughJass (@xHughJass) June 20, 2019
In other words: That lemon chicken from five days ago is still good.
— Patricia Lang (@Triciaa22) June 20, 2019
Especially if the wind blows right in your face.
When relatives give you money but your parents “hold it for you”.
You just know you’re never getting it back 😭
— s🧸 (@_onlyserenity) June 20, 2019
“Oh, sweetie, but you already spent that money.” Lies, all lies.
When I was little I didn’t like fish, so my parents fed me fish sticks and told me they were chicken nuggets pic.twitter.com/UrHI05Szzf
— Matt Miller (@Matt_Miller12) June 20, 2019
Don’t worry. This funny-looking green substance definitely isn’t broccoli soup.
— KOSSIE (@therealkossie) June 20, 2019
We won’t tell your grandparents either.
Me at a young age watching titanic: Why they so wet and sweaty?
— Amy (@_aaaamy) June 20, 2019
Oh…it all makes sense now.
— Sarah (@Sarah_Bug1234) June 19, 2019
How about “we’ll get it on our way back”?
— Rosalie Tenseth (@RosalieTenseth) June 20, 2019
And this is why I was always scared of my mom’s hair.