'It's broken': 10 lies we’ve all told our kids

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We all love our kids very much, but sometimes it's necessary to lie to them to keep your own sanity as a parent.

One day your children will be telling their own children similar lies - it's a right of passage of parenthood.

Here are just some of the everyday lies we've all told our kids: 

1. It's broken

This lie works in a few instances, like when you're at the supermarket, and your toddler wants to go on one of those ride-on machines or when you've taken the batteries out of their super noisy toy. Things just aren't made to the same standard as the good old days.

2. The chocolate's all gone

This is without a doubt a lie. You couldn't parent without having a secret stash of chocolate (or other treats) in the house. Your kids just don't need to know that. Just be careful to hide in the pantry or wait until everyone is asleep to eat it.

3. I haven't got my purse

This is textbook 101 parenting. Either you don't have your purse or you haven't got your card or any cash. Fingers crossed, it'll help stop them asking for things when you're out and about. 

4. I'm banning your device

You say this in a fit of anger, but we all know that it's not in any parent's best interest to ban their kid's device. Just don't use this lie too often or they'll ignore the threats. And then you're really in trouble.

5. Your drawing is beautiful

Oh, c'mon. You've all done this at least once. They can't all be masterpieces. And you'll definitely keep all of them. None of them will accidentally be put in the bin. Not one.

6. Nearly there

They've asked you one hundred times if you're near your destination so you just have to give them hope, even though it's false hope. You've just got to hope they get distracted and don't realise that it really is taking longer than expected.

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7. Carrots help you see in the dark

I don't even know if carrots do help you see better, same goes for spinach making you strong, but I'll try anything to get my kids to eat vegetables. Anything. You know, like putting them in cakes and smoothies and then, you guessed it, lying about it.

8. It's very late, time for bed

It's not - it's only 5.30pm. But you need some alone time. This lie only works for kids who can't tell the time yet. And make sure you've closed the blinds so they can't see the sun shining outside.

9. The playground is shut

It's so annoying how they keep closing the playground. How can a kid possibly be pushed on the swing one thousand times over-and-over, if the playground is shut? And who will watch them slide down the slippery dip for the fiftieth time?

10. Mummy's sleeping

This isn't so much a lie you tell, but an action you make – the pretend sleeping pose. You lay in bed very still with your eyes shut and hope they'll be tricked into thinking you're still asleep.

Sometimes you might even throw in a snore or two. It rarely works though, because kids don't care if you're sleeping or not.