22 Hilarious Lies Parents Told Their Kids

We asked and you answered. These are some of the funniest things you've told your kids to get them to behave (or just make them squirm!).

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Someone needs to invent this

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “There’s an app that tells me if you really brushed your teeth or not.” — Rob McLean (Parents and kids alike should stop making these common tooth brushing mistakes.)

Funny how there’s never any left…

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “When the ice cream truck's music is on, it means that they are all out of ice cream.” — Kailey N. Restad (We suggest skipping the truck and visiting the best ice cream shop in your state.)

Just a nibble

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “McDonald’s cheeseburgers always come with a bite missing.” — Robin Mendez (When your kids' sides go missing, too, explain the secret ingredient that makes McDonald's fries so good.)

No more calling “shotgun”

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “That it was a law that kids couldn't sit in the front seat until they were 18. I was tired of the arguing about who got to sit in the front!” — Barbara Spriggs Gill (Find out the real reason we call the front seat "shotgun.")

Where’s the lion cage?

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “I told my son that the pet store was the zoo. It's so much easier and free to go visit. Got away with it for over three years.” — Kelly Frankenburg (Related: Learn what animals in shelters wish you knew.)

He’s making a list

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com I told my kids that the star symbol on my phone was actually a snowflake and it was a direct line to Santa if they were naughty. — Julie Thompson Weiss (If your kid is ready for the news, read these gentle ways to reveal the truth about Santa.)

Not-so-happy meal

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “That the steering wheel on the car wouldn't turn, so we had to drive right past McDonald's.” — Therese Fern (Don't miss these secrets parents really need to keep from your kids.)

SO not worth the line

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “That the characters at Disney World went on a bathroom break so we couldn't wait in line to see them cause they take a really long time to go.” — Yesenia from Chicago (Use these insider tips to have the best Disney vacation ever.)

Parent privileges

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “When they were younger, we told our kids that the ice cream in the big pail/bucket is kid's ice cream. The more expensive kind like Breyers is ‘adults only’ ice cream.” — Cheryl Thomas Johansen (Make dessert healthier for kids and adults by buying the guilt-free ice cream that science says tastes as good as full-fat.)

Our kind of health food

Hilarious-Lies-Parents-Told-Their-KidsTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com “I told my daughter the flaxseeds in her bread were miniature chocolate chips. She believed it for over a year!” — Monica Kronemeyer DeRegt (We might not convince ourselves to love flax, but at least we know chocolate has these health benefits.)
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