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EllieSmumsnet · 20/11/2023 10:03

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pushchairprincess · 20/11/2023 10:18

Brussels sprouts are baby cabbages.

PuttingDownRoots · 20/11/2023 10:19

When mine were younger I told them Santa only came to tidy bedrooms.

AnnieKayTee · 20/11/2023 10:24

That the cows personally delivered the milk in the mornings for breakfast and they hadn't arrived yet so go back to sleep for a little while longer 🤣 she was very young, it didn't work for long!

Dizzywizz · 20/11/2023 14:38

That the elves are watching…

jacqui5366 · 20/11/2023 15:01

The man on the moon is watching over you when you sleep.

decoratingwithmessykids · 20/11/2023 15:04

"That playground is only open to kids who go to the school around the corner today."

"They only deliver one packet of biscuits per week so we have to make it last."

"That toy shop is only open for children on their birthday."

Montydoo · 20/11/2023 15:06

Eating your crusts makes your hair curly. 😅

TealTeaTowel · 20/11/2023 15:14

I actually can’t lie to my children (I know I sound like a party pooper! But I don’t lie about ‘cute things’ like Santa/tooth fairy so don’t about real life stuff) but I have been known to change the clocks and put them forward an hour and then said oh look it’s bedtime as the clock say 6:30 😳

technically not lying as the clock does read that, but when I’m at the end of my tether I find it doesn’t affect my conscience 😂

lovemyflipflops · 20/11/2023 15:38

If you wee in a swimming pool - the water around them turns purple so they know it's you (they got out every time for a wee)

TealTeaTowel · 20/11/2023 15:40

@lovemyflipflops my parents told me this! So I deliberately wee’d in the pool to see if it was true 😂

Gingerkittykat · 20/11/2023 15:43

Mum, can we go to the park?

Nope, sorry the park is closed today.

lovemyflipflops · 20/11/2023 16:41

TealTeaTowel · 20/11/2023 15:40

@lovemyflipflops my parents told me this! So I deliberately wee’d in the pool to see if it was true 😂


JulesJules · 20/11/2023 16:58

That Polar Bears are from Poland (we kept this going for several years)

The Tooth Fairy is a)real and b) sometimes too busy to come the same night (if we didn't have a £1 or £2 coin)

DinkyDaffodil · 20/11/2023 16:58

Grandad is now a star in the sky - and always looking down on us, but cannot ever come back - so part lie, part true 😪

LimeCheesecake · 20/11/2023 17:02

“Well you can try my snack if you’d like, but it is spicy.” (It’s never spicy)

PurpleBugz · 20/11/2023 17:24

That I'm too poor to buy that toy

JacCharlton · 21/11/2023 10:16

If you eat your bogies they will make you sick. 😬

Danikm151 · 21/11/2023 10:20

That his immunisations were the nurse giving him super powers! He’s 3 and it worked a treat.
Even thanked her afterwards!

A regular one is that the snack cupboard is on a timer and only opens after dinner is finished 😂

ButterOllocks · 21/11/2023 11:57

On a long journey - yes we are nearly there (even though we are an hour away) keeps them from asking every 5 minutes.

Summerscomin · 21/11/2023 12:06

I don't make a habit of fibbing but have definitely moved the clock on by 30 mins to speed up bedtime.
Before DC liked cucumber, I'd say that's what I was eating (was usually a biscuit 😂) and have said the "too spicy" line once or twice too.

OnaKitchenRoll · 21/11/2023 12:30

The opening hours of places I don't want to go to are incredibly short :)

OnaKitchenRoll · 21/11/2023 12:31

Another one- my car has a special sensor which means it won't start until all children's seat belts are fastened.

voyager50 · 21/11/2023 17:17

When he was little I was often say that I didn't have my purse with me whenever he wanted to buy a comic or sweets when I really didn't want to spend money on them!

DiscoDragon · 21/11/2023 17:24

That the Ben & Jerry's I'm eating is mushroom flavour.

evtheria · 21/11/2023 17:26

'You know I don't do Father Christmas.'

And I don't. It's my DP who gets into all of that stuff like leaving out mince pies or writing wishlists etc.
But it is me secretly filling up his stocking with all the usually-forbidden treats (a whole tin of Turkish delight! To be eaten in bed!) and not admitting to doing it, so he thinks it must actually really be Santa. A lie hidden in a truth. I can't think of any other white lies I tell him.

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