Parenthood is one of the most beautiful joys in life. But no one ever tells you that it is not as easy as it seems. 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.
Kids are often fascinated by tea and want to taste and savour it just like adults. But parents who don’t want their kids to have tea at a young age and 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 decay 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.
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 comes from heaven and put the baby in mummy’s tummy, which kids believe instantly.
If you don’t do your homework on time, don’t drink milk or don’t sleep on time, then Santa won’t bring you any gifts for 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 a pair of big, 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 the boarding school. This is the lie we all dreaded during our childhood.
“Padhoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge kudoge to banoge kharaab” – a lie that all Indian parents tell 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.