Most parents would agree that teaching their children to always tell the truth is an important virtue to instill. However, most moms and dads would also agree that when it comes to what they tell their children, sometimes you have to bend the truth a little. Whether the truth is just a little too complicated for their young minds to grasp, you’re trying to get them to enjoy their innocence while it lasts or it’s just plain easier, all parents tell white lies now and again.
British broadcaster and dad of three, Dan Walker, posed the question on Twitter: “What are the fibs you’ve told your children?”
Apparently 9 out of 10 parents say 'white lies' are the secret to a happy life. What are the fibs you've told your children? #PetHeaven
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) September 25, 2017
And the parents of Twitter responded with some pretty hilarious answers. Like this dad, whose lie is honestly a little sad but also LOL-inducing:
When the ice cream van plays music it's to let everyone know they've run out
— Simon Rusbridge (@SimonRusbridge) September 25, 2017
Or this dad, who lets his kids think he’s something of a superhero:
I've told my boys that, because we live in the last house in our road, I control the streetlights.
— Philip Latham (@Philipwriter) September 25, 2017
This mom makes sure her kids are least telling her the truth:
Your ears turn red when you lie. Now when they lie, they cover their ears. 🤣 It all started as a joke…
— Heather (@tellingheather) September 25, 2017
This dad made his son feel extra special on his birthday:
I told my son that the bunting in our town centre was put up to celebrate his 4th birthday. He was delighted. pic.twitter.com/d3Tfcdh4nt
— Mark Tait (@marktait78) September 25, 2017
This guy’s parents hid one of life’s best guilty pleasures from him:
Here’s one way to get your kids to brush their teeth:
Tooth fairy only interested in clean well looked after teeth.
— Babysitting Circle app (@Komae_UK) September 25, 2017
This mom was determined to get her son potty-trained:
I told my boy that the store wouldn't sell me diapers anymore so he'd have to use the potty.
— Rosanne Giza (@thefluffa) September 25, 2017
When the kids start asking too many questions about Santa Claus:
Santa has a pop-up chimney he uses on houses and apartments that don't have a real chimney.
— Candice Gordon (@BluSAVANNAH) September 25, 2017
When your kids say, “Pics or it didn’t happen”:
That I work with Santa at the airport, my girls didn't believe me until I showed them this. I said his reindeer rest all year. pic.twitter.com/k3FDs1ox2L
— Matt Guy (@MattyGWolves) September 26, 2017
When you’re not quite ready to have the “what does death mean” talk:
Sometimes mommy needs a treat too:
My son and I spent 10 minutes looking for his chocolate coins when I knew all along I’d eaten them the day before 😳
— Mandy Green (@MandyGreens) September 25, 2017
When you can’t hear the wail of the toy fire truck one more time:
The most annoying toys run the ever elusive and very hard to find 'B' batteries.
— Ed Dempsey (@edjdempsey) September 25, 2017
This one’s just plain silly:
That spaghetti grows on trees. My dad let me believe that weeping willow were spaghetti trees until I was 8.
— keri (@DannyDieVito) September 26, 2017
When you need the whole pint to yourself:
When my daughters were very young I told them there was alcohol in Ben and Jerry’s 😏. They will never let me forget it now!
— Clare Garner (@Clare921) September 25, 2017
This uncle makes sure his nephew won’t pick up bad habits:
This mom who needs her Candy Crush time:
My phone can't play videos like daddy's can.
— Magoo (@DoMyReelTurn) September 27, 2017
When you need to limit their screen time:
This mom who was done with her kid’s picky eating:
My daughter wouldn't eat chicken so I called it weed rat (from Shrek). Called it weed rat for years 😂
— Mrs H (@youdidntseemeok) September 25, 2017
Too funny! What are the best white lies you’ve told your kids?