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20 Cunning Deceptions From Parents That Children Didn’t Detect Until They Grew Up

Parents want their children to have the best lives possible. But it can be hard to explain to a child why certain things shouldn’t be done. And then, fathers and mothers have to use different tricks and tell children lies. How can you convince a 5-year-old kid that eating too many sweets is bad and that helping parents around the house is something they should do?

We at Bright Side think that lying is bad, especially to children. But sometimes, parents just have no other choice because they think that they’re just telling little white lies.

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When I was a little girl, my mother decided to buy me a white hamster and did it. So, once, my mom brought me home from kindergarten and instead of my white hamster, there was some grey hamster in there. My mom told me that he was like a rabbit and that he changed his fur. And I believed it. And then, many years later, my mother told me that he had died and in order not to make me sad, she tried to find the same one but couldn’t. So, she bought a different color hamster and made up the fur story. © jesusyoung / pikabu

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My dad didn’t want to read books to me, so he told me that he couldn’t read. I believed him until I was like 9 years old and then I saw him reading a newspaper. He told me that he could only read newspapers and nothing else. And I believed him again. I only understood that he was lying when I was 11 or 12. © hatikodesu / pikabu

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The worst lie, “When you grow up, you will work, get married, and do whatever you want.” © Scoropeya / pikabu

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When I was a child, my parents told me that even though the New Year was on January 1st, Santa Claus didn’t bring presents until 2 days later. Guess when my birthday is. © Poluchko / pikabu

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My grandma told me that if I didn’t clean the apartment and didn’t do the dishes, nobody would marry me. Maybe, this wasn’t actually a lie... © Hulia_Hulia / twitter

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I was also told that and I never understood why I even needed to get married if it meant I had to be someone’s servant all the time. © InPearly / twitter

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I didn’t want to eat cereal and my grandma told me that if I ate it, we would fly like birds. I was excited and I ate all of it and asked her when our flight was scheduled. So, she put her hands up like wings and ran across the room. I cried for an hour. © alekskakaleks / twitter

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For every birthday, my dad gave me cool presents: a video recorder, a cassette player, a console. So, the presents were for me, but all of them were in the living room. I was convinced that they were mine but I was generous and I shared them.

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In my childhood, I had a parrot. When I was at my grandma’s place, he got sick and died and for 6 months my parents kept telling me that he was in the hospital, and that not all the feathers were examined yet. But when I couldn’t wait any longer, my mom just said, “Oh, come on, he’s dead!” © cerrie_br / twitter

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When I was a kid, I asked my grandma where jellyfish came from. She said that on the other side of the sea, people made them out of dough and put them into the sea. I believed this for a long time. © Anthony_dp / twitter

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Before the age of 12, I didn’t eat any lollypops, or any other tasty things because, “I was allergic to sweets.” Obviously, I wasn’t. © _mudzhiry_ / twitter

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My parents never let me have a pet. They told me that my father was allergic to fur. When I moved out, I got myself a cat. My parents came to my place and my dad spent the entire day with it. I asked him, “How is your allergy?, and he said, “What allergy?” He instantly realized he made a mistake. © TannyApril / twitter

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I believed in a ladybug that brought bread. My parents went, “Oh, we’re out of bread, Mike, you know what to do.” I’d take a toy with a ladybug picture on it and say, “Ladybug, bring us bread, any kind as long as it’s not burned.” And then they’d just go get a loaf from the cupboard. © doctorbataev / twitter

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When I was 5 years old, my father told me that there were people whose job it was to stay inside monuments. And in the evening, they would leave the monuments and go home. I really believed that. © v_eblomova / twitter

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My dad had a friend and he was missing a piece of his thumb. When I was 5 years old, I asked my mom why he didn’t have that piece of his thumb, and she said that like me, he used to suck his thumb. And the finger just went away, like a lollypop. © amyfallsnomore / twitter

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Do you have similar stories from your childhood? Or do you parent like this?

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