Let's just admit it: Most moms and dads lie to their kids. Often. Whether it's to convince your kids to eat their veggies (like "Not eating carrots will make you go blind!") or to make them smile (Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy), it seems like storytelling just kinda comes with the territory of parenthood. 

I know that when I was a kid, my parents used to tell me all kinds of stories (that we now look back on and laugh at) all just to get me to behave. My personal favorite? One time, my mom actually managed to convince my older sister and I that she owned a magical makeup compact that allowed her to see us wherever we were! For months, we acted like perfect little angels in fear that she would peek into her compact mirror and catch us misbehaving. Pretty smart move, Mom!

But it turns out she's far from the only parent to tell their child a white lie.


A recent study conducted on 200 families in the U.S. and China find that an overwhelming majority of parents use "instrumental lying" to get their kids to behave well, eat better, and feel happier. The research also found some of the most common lies that parents tell their kids.

And I have to admit that when I read them, I couldn't help but laugh ... especially because some of them sounded awfully familiar!

Check these 8 most out below and see if you've used any of those fibs on your children:

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