10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

As parents, we raise our children to be honest and tell the truth. We also raise them to understand that mummy & daddy know best – we wouldn’t dream of lying to our children and being dishonest ourselves, would we?

Well, sometimes it’s necessary to tell a teeny little white lie to save your sanity, get a moment’s peace or just stop them asking the same flippin’ questions for 5 minutes!

Here’s 10 lies parents tell their kids – how many have you used?

There are no biscuits left

We’ve all done it when they’ve had enough biscuits or chocolate, or you just don’t want to share.

I’ll take your birthday/christmas presents back

Even though we’d never do it, I’m sure a few of us have used this scare tactic one when our child is being a pain in the bum.


“When is it my birthday?” – “Soon”

“When will we be there?” – “Soon”

“When is Daddy going to be home from work?” – “Soon”

I don’t feel bad at all about this lie, kids have no concept of time anyway.

Peppa Pig isn’t on today

There’s only so many episodes of the same tv show that a parent can handle. When I get to the point that I’ll scream if I have to listen to another minute of that pig I have been known to fib and say it’s not on any more.

It’s bed time

I’ll admit that after a long day I’ve said it’s bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier than it actually is. Unfortunately at 5 year sold, my daughter now knows exactly what 7 o’clock looks like so I can’t use this lie anymore!

I’ll think about it

When you’ve had enough of constant questions and requests, “I’ll think about it if you stop asking” is sometimes all you can muster in the hope that they’ll just be quiet and forget about it.

Eat your carrots and you’ll be able to see in the dark

Parents have been using this gem for years to get their kids to eat their vegetables, it’s just part of parenting.

We’ve run out of batteries

This one is usually used by Christmas Day afternoon when you sick of hearing the same song over and over and over.

You won’t like it, it’s spicy

I use this one when I don’t want to share whatever it is I’m eating. I also use “it’s fizzy” if I don’t want her stealing my drink!

I’m going without you!

Whether it’s in the morning when your trying to get out of the door, or at the supermarket when they won’t leave the toy aisle, this little lie always gets them moving. How old are they when this isn’t a threat anymore?


What other little lies do you tell your children?


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25 thoughts on “10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

  1. Yvonne says:

    Oh yes I have used all of these! I always like it when we are due to go away somewhere or do something nice. I always say, you better ***insert task here*** or you would get to go to ***insert destination here*** works a treat 🙂 xxx #marvmondays

  2. Something About Baby says:

    My baby isn’t quite old enough for me to use these yet, but I remember a lot of them being told to me when I was younger – especially the “I’ll go without you” one! No doubt I will be saying all of these and more very soon #marvmondays

  3. Kim says:

    Haha love this! My parents used these on me and it’ll be a matter of time before I used them on my kids (my kiddos can’t talk yet) #MarvMondays

  4. Marina Ilieva says:

    Lovely post! Yeah, “run out of batteries” is something I have used more than once. I wonder if I really need telling lies to my son, no matter how innocent they may sound to me. Sometimes, I feel terribly guilty about that. #BloggerClubUK

  5. Kerry Norris says:

    Haha this is brilliant. In fact I’ve said a few of these today already. I’ll go without you is a firm favourite in this household x

  6. Cardiff Mummy Says says:

    Haha, yep to most of these! We all do it! Made me think of a little girl in my daughter’s class at school. Another mum asked her if she was excited about her birthday party at the weekend and she burst into tears saying her mummy was going to cancel it because she’d been naughty. The poor mum looked mortified but we reassured her that all parents say these things x

  7. Annette says:

    I had a good chuckle at this one. I have to admit that I often pretend that the park is closed between 6pm to 10am, I don’t really like going there in the evenings and too early on my own. But it’s a naughty lie I have had to keep up when Mr Button says … shall we go to the park at 9.30am. Urmmm nope. You can’t. It’s closed *opps. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam

  8. Jessica Foley says:

    “I’m going without you!” I love that one! My kids have grown out of most of these little fibs. They get so smart so fast! Now I have to say “We’ll miss the bus!” though we still have 10 minutes or “I’m going to sweep and whatever I pick up goes in the garbage” though I’m not likely to do that either. Fun post!

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