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Parenthood is one of the most beautiful joys in life. But no one ever said that is it easy. It takes a lot of thinking and planning at parents’ end to give the right upbringing to their kids. And the situation may get quite challenging at times. But when the going gets tough, parents do not shy away from telling funny yet harmless lies to their kids. All the parents reading this blog would totally agree that most of the time these lies work brilliantly and put kids in the right place.

Let’s have a look at some common & funny lies that Indian parents often tell their kids growing up.

About Tea

Kids are often fascinated by tea and want to taste and savour them just like adults. But parents who don’t want their kids to have tea at a young age often scare them by saying that- drinking tea will make them dark.

About Eating Veggies

The green vegetables are healthy and essential for the growth of kids. So whenever the child makes excuses to not eat veggies, a white lie is thrown right at them that – not eating the vegetables will stunt their growth and weaken their eye-sight.

About Eating Chocolates

Eating too many chocolates will harm your teeth- the white lie we all have heard from our parents in childhood. Or whenever we opened the fridge looking for chocolates and couldn’t find them there, our parents told us that ‘the cat took away all the chocolates.’ And we believed them. Sigh.

About Chewing Gum

Don’t swallow chewing gum or your intestines will stick together- the most popular lie in the history that parents still tell their kids in the 21st century.

About Buying New Toys

These toys are for little kids and you are a grown-up now. You shouldn’t play with these toys anymore otherwise your friends would tease you.

About Washing Hand & Feet at Night

If you don’t wash your hands and feet before going to bed, then you’ll have scary dreams about witches and ghosts.

About Drinking Milk

If you don’t finish your glass of milk, all your teeth would fall off and never grow back again. This is the epic lie of all times that parents love to tell their innocent kids.

About Babies

Not all lies are meant to get things done from kids. Some lies are told just to keep their innocence intact. Like, the lie about how kids are made and born is one of them. When asked by kids, parents often say that God came from heaven and put the baby in mummy’s tummy, which kids believe instantly.

About Santa

If you don’t do your homework on time, don’t finish your milk or don’t sleep on time, then Santa won’t bring you any gift at Christmas. This is one of the best white lies that always make kids behave properly.

About Watching TV

Watching too much TV will weaken your eye-sight and then you’ll have to wear big and round spectacles for the rest of your life.

About Doing Mischief

If you do any mischief and don’t be a good guy/girl, then we’ll send you to a boarding school. This is the lie we all dreaded in childhood.

About Sports

“Padhoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge kudoge to banoge kharaab” – a lie that all Indian parents told their children growing up just so that they pay more attention to studies than sports.

Once the kids grow up, they have a good laugh about these lies and how they used to believe them blindly.

Social media started as a platform where we could connect with our friends, meet new friends and express ourselves freely. Remember the good old days of sitting in the cyber café for hours chatting with our internet pal on yahoo messenger, scraps on Orkut, blingy stickers on hi5 or regular status updates on Facebook. All this seems like a hazy memory now!
Social media isn’t the same as it used to be! Why? Because our parents have invaded it!
We love our parents but sometimes they can surprise you.
And embarrassing kids- that tradition has been going on for generations now. We would be doing the same someday!

If we talk about the present day scenario, parents have their new favorite way of mortifying their kids- Social Media!

Here are a few things parents do on social media to embarrass us:

Sending Friend Request To Everyone We’ve Ever Mentioned
Sending Friend Request To Everyone We’ve Ever Mentioned
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Remember that one friend you mentioned to your parents about, the one who sat next to you in kindergarten. Yes! Your parents have sent a friend request to them. They have also sent a friend request to all your other friends, teachers & crush!

 Like, Like, Like. Comment, Comment, Comment
 Like, Like, Like. Comment, Comment, Comment
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We love getting likes & comments on social media, especially from our parents. It may make us feel like they actually approve our things but not on everything! Our parents start to like and comment on everything we post.

 Tagging Us In Embarrassing Pictures
 Tagging Us In Embarrassing Pictures
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We all have pictures which can be referred to as “Blast from the Past!”

Our parents wouldn’t really understand why those pictures if exposed would be a nightmare to us. They refer to those pictures as “cute” and post them on social media & TAG US!

Miss A Call From Them & They’ll Comment On Your Post
Miss A Call From Them & They’ll Comment On Your Post
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In case if you are out, miss a call from them and post something on social media at the same time, you’re doomed! Your parents will comment on your status asking you why you did not pick up your call or maybe the reason why they were calling you. Now your entire Facebook friend list knows that you need to reach home by 8!

Annoying Facebook Posts like “What Are Your Top 3 Qualities?”
Annoying Facebook Posts like “What Are Your Top 3 Qualities?”
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Facebook is now full of these annoying apps which tell you your top 3 qualities or what were you in your previous birth! Our parents share such posts without thinking twice and ask us to like it constantly. On some level, they think it is all true!

Stalking You & The Question Game
Stalking You & The Question Game
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“Please don’t tag me”, “Please don’t post that picture” or “Could you block my parents before you tag me”
If you’ve added your parents on social media, you probably have used all these lines.
They stalk you over social media and then ask you questions about your whereabouts. They even stalk your friends and ask you about them. It is terrifying!

Posting Hoax News and facts
Posting Hoax News and facts
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As per our parents, everything they find online is true & they feel the need to share it with everyone over social media. They end up sharing them and tagging us on it.

Stalk Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Stalk Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend
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It’s a waking nightmare. Wasn’t it enough that your parents stalked you on social media, they somehow find your girlfriend’s/ boyfriend’s profile and start to stalk them. This gets even worse when they send a request to them!

No matter what channel or medium parents use, the tradition of embarrassing your kids has always been there and will go on. Maybe you’d be laughing about these small shenanigans after a few years, but for now, these really mortify you. Since it is a conventional fact, someday you will find your kids all red-faced because of something you posted on your social media!

Are you a single child?

Do you feel alone?

Who do you play with at home?

Hmm, that’s why you are so spoiled and stubborn!

These are a few comments and questions that single child often comes across. Being a single child is quite different and fascinating. It comes with a fair share of perks and moments of extreme boredom when one actually yearns for a meaningful sibling bond.

Of course, a single child gets undivided attention from parents and have everything at the very first command. But growing up without any sibling also means no play buddy at home. It is actually a blessing and a curse.

So here are 13 things all the single kids out there can relate to:

  1. Your parents are never tired of showering their love upon you. You share a very close relationship with them. You are loved, pampered, hugged, and kissed by them all the time. Yes, even in front of your friends and girlfriends/boyfriends, which can be embarrassing at times.
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2) Ah, the joy of keeping all the presents to yourself on Ester, Diwali, and Christmas. Because there is no didi or bhaiya or younger siblings with whom you have to share your gifts.

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3) You are used to staying alone at home when your parents are out of town. Actually, it very much feels like you are the emperor of the castle and can do whatever you want. Not to miss all the parties that you end up having with your buddies in your parent’s absence.

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4) You don’t ever have to share a room. The entire room is yours to sing, dance, sleep, or for whatever you want to do with it. You don’t even have to share the bed. And there are never any fights or arguments about the way you want to decorate it with your favorite actor or sportsman’s posters.

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5) Be it your favorite cake, candies, or toys, you never have to worry about sharing them with your siblings. Because you don’t have any. We understand that sharing is caring but you can always learn this life lesson by sharing things with your friends.

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6) Being a single child, you must have a long list of friends whom you treat like your siblings. Because being alone at home all the time, you actually love to have people around to talk, play, and share your favorite things.

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7) You don’t have anyone to back you up when you have to sneak out of your room for late night parties. You are always the sole planner who has to carry out all the mischievous plans themselves. Also, you can never blame anyone for your mistakes and bad habits! Sad but true!

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8) A single child never has to use an older brother or sister’s hand-me-downs. They get everything of their own, be it new toys, books, clothes, or mobile phone.

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9) Your teddy bear is your best friend. You play with it, eat with it, and sleep with it each day, every day. In fact, your teddy bear is your best friend and confidante with whom you share all your joys and sorrows. After all, you’ve mastered the art of imagination and no one can beat you in that.

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10) Being a single child and the apple of your parent’s eyes, they always have too many expectations from you. Your parents have all their hopes and dreams dependent on you. They expect you to focus and excel in every field, be it studies, sports, or dramatics. Sounds too much pressure? But you can at least try for the sake of their happiness!

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11) Being a single child people always assume that you must be a weird or spoiled brat because of all the love you get from your parents all the time. Well, that may be true to some extent and you are sometimes spoiled with excessive love but people are no one to tell you this. It’s between you and your parents and should stay that way.

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12) Every single child out in the world will relate to the fact that they love their privacy more than anything else. They often feel shy in large groups and feel uncomfortable. They prefer to stay quiet and socializing at parties or gathering is not their forte.

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13) The single kids learn cooking quite late in life. They are way too pampered by their moms and are never allowed to enter the kitchen. Or never had any sibling to experiment with online recipes. They only learn how to cook when they actually starve and online food is just not an option.

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No matter how lonely single kids feel or how wrong they are judged by people. They’ll always be their parent’s favorite who will never stop loving, caring, and pampering them.

They say marriages are made in heaven and once you are married, then the relationship sticks for 7 births! But they don’t say anything at all about divorces? Where do they come from? With a divorce, one of the beliefs is shattered – marriages are not meant to last for 7 upcoming births. This is a reality. Some marriages are meant to last for a little while and that’s ok. If the partners are “no more happy” with each other, they should part ways, rather than staying with each other under one roof and constantly bickering and leading a negative life. Divorce is a legal document which states that the husband and wife are now free from each other.

But the challenge strikes when the divorced partners have kids. Many divorced parents have to fight for the custody of their kids and that’s the most painful part of this process. It becomes a bit tough for the kids to digest the fact that their families are not like the families of other friends around. They start feeling a difference in the behavior of their parents and are sometimes difficult to talk to. For a long time, they don’t understand who would be a better friend and guide to them – the mom or the dad.

The mind of the kids are innocent and remember that the excruciating experience in childhood often shapes the personality and attitude of the kids. Being parents, you should thus avoid doing these following things to your kids:

  1. Never Badmouth About Your Ex-Partner

Kids always idolize their parents. So, when you badmouth about your ex-wife or husband in front of your kids, it becomes confusing for them. Their mind gets tossed up and they cannot decide who is good and who is bad. Rather than drawing parameters of good and bad, be simple and normal with your kids. Give an atmosphere to your kids where they respect both their mom and dad in spite of separation. If you provoke your kids to hate their mom or dad, it will come back to you someday. Keep the environment peaceful and let your kids grow in an amiable atmosphere. Otherwise, this constant squabbling may result in loss of concentration in studies or aggressive behavior at school, etc.

  1. Never Miss The Family Gatherings

It is tough to face the same old people who are legally not a part of your being but perhaps with them you have countless memories. They are related to your kids – some are their grandparents, some are uncles, aunties, cousins, etc. So, never let your kid miss the opportunity of being a part of the family even when you are divorced. It was not the fault of your kids that you and your partner couldn’t stay together so be graceful and tactful!

  1. Talk To Your Children About Divorce

It should be always you who talk to your children about your divorce. Your kid should not listen to it form someone outside in the society or from any relative. Choose your words well and explain your situation to your kids. Your kids will understand surely and with time learn to cope with reality too. But always be open to talking to them about any question regarding your marital status.

  1. A Happy Face Is Important

Divorce is quite naturally not one of the nicest things especially when you have kids. But it is also the best thing to happen when you are not happy in your marriage. It is a phase that leaves you with many questions for your partner and you will definitely face your weakest self during this time. You will want to shout, cry, and break things. But whenever your kid is around, try to put up a happy face because if you behave abnormally in front of your kid, that will play with his/her mind badly. Keep your emotional outbursts in front of your friends, chosen relatives, or therapists and when facing your kids, behave normally.

  1. Literally Move On

Moving on is very important and serves as a good example in front of your kids. As mentioned earlier, kids venerate their parents and seeing you move on in life will make your kids confident enough to face challenges of life. He/she will learn that “bad times come, bad relationships happen, but one needs to enjoy life by overcoming all these”.

“Once I called my friend, and before I could say hello, she told me that the phone is on the loudspeaker and her mom is sitting next to her! We all laughed after 5 years!”

There are many moments when our parents start talking to us and, the only thing in our mind is “Oh dear god! Please kill me now!”

Don’t get me wrong. It is one of those moments when our parents start an innocent conversation, but it is super awkward for us. They might not understand why but it is probably because we can’t tell them the truth or lie to them. We just don’t know what to say? Like when your parents ask:

“Beta Geeta Aunty says she saw you with Anjali. Is she your girlfriend?”

“Beta, I was washing your clothes and found a condom in your pants. Is it yours? Why do you have it?”

“Beta Yeh Tinder kya hota hai?”

“Do you smoke? Do you have a boyfriend?”

And then they go on with “Arey beta hai toh bata do. We wouldn’t say anything. We are your friends!” Like why? Then moments when they’re trying to educate you about sex. You can’t even say “I KNOW EVERYTHING! I AIN’T JON SNOW!”

It is moments like these when I wish I had Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak.

Here are a few ways you can escape these awkward conversations with your parents:

  • Pretend You Got A Phone Call
Pretend You Got A Phone Call
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Now, this seems easy but really isn’t because you need to be really sneaky. At times your parents would just sit there, waiting for you to finish the phone call. You got to be really sneaky and careful. Take the phone call, and pretend like it is really important so you could slowly leave even if they won’t!

  • Crack a Joke
Crack a Joke
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So, when you notice the conversation is getting awkward and making either of you uncomfortable. Take charge and lighten up the conversation with humour. Like Chandler uses humour as a defense mechanism.

  • Nod Your Head
Nod Your Head
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Seems easy, right? Just don’t sit there nodding your head like Noddy! Understand what they’re saying. Comprehend it and know which ways to nod your head. If the conversation is awkward, do not make it worse by saying something. Pretend that you understand and agree with everything. It is not like you have to do as they say right on the spot!

  • Do Not Shout
Do Not Shout
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No matter what happens, do not shout. We often make the mistake of letting our parents know that we are irritated or embarrassed. Do not let them smell your fear. This will have serious repercussions. Firstly, they’ll know that something is up. And secondly, they will make you talk! They would never let the topic rest.

  • Shift Their Attention to Your Siblings
Shift Their Attention to Your Siblings
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So, if you have a sibling, this one will be a piece of cake for you. Shift their questions to your siblings. This is certainly not a very nice thing to do but, you got no option. You got to save yourself.

  • Tell Them Something You Achieved
Tell Them Something You Achieved
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If you’ve had a recent achievement like a promotion, aced the test or anything which will make them slightly happy with you. Shoot the news at them! There wouldn’t be a better time to do it. They will instantly forget about the awkward topic.

  • Stall The Conversation
Stall The Conversation
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Stalling isn’t a really good thing but sometimes when you got no other option, you got to do it. Do not refuse to talk about the topic, politely let them know that you want to talk about it but can’t right now.

Use something like “As much as I would love to talk about it, I got this paper due tomorrow. We can talk about it after I am done with my paper if that is okay with you.”

  • Throw in a Compliment
Throw in a Compliment
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Flattery is a way out of a lot of things & situations! And who doesn’t likes to be praised? As soon as the conversation starts to get awkward try and throw a compliment at your parents. Make sure you slip it in really carefully. Don’t make it too obvious otherwise, they’ll know what you’re doing!

You can’t avoid awkward situations & conversations with your parents, but you can try escaping them. Go ahead and try them out cheetahs! But be careful because they gave birth to you and “Baap toh baap hota hai!”

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