Karen Belz
January 23, 2018 1:21 pm

Before you become a parent, you probably assume that you’re going to be nothing but honest with your kids. Then they arrive, and — well — things don’t necessarily go to plan. That’s one of the many reasons why we love this Twitter thread started by writer Nicole Cliffe about the white lies parents tell their kids. Cliffe is a mother of three, which means she definitely has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to the whole parenting thing.

Her initial tweet made a lot of parents — and former children — speak up about the lies they’ve told or have been told in their lives. Cliffe’s first tweet was a lie she happened to tell her kids that exploded once the babysitter arrived with a few treats. “We had so many great months of the kids thinking that Scooby Snacks were plain whole wheat crackers, and then a babysitter bought a box of Scooby fruit snacks and the whole system collapsed in under three minutes,” she tweeted.

Here are just a few of the highlights people shared.

To be fair, his parents were thinking ahead. Talking toys can drive parents to the brink of insanity after weeks of play.

At least the kids got to experience a real road trip.

We can’t stop laughing. Children may not be able to comprehend the death of a pet, but they definitely know a mother’s love.

We think we can all remember what it was like to discover there was more than one type of chocolate in the world.

A lot of parents likely jotted this note down for their own use.

We’d pay money to see that presentation.


We guess this thread proves once and for all that honest isn’t always the best policy. At least when toddlers are involved.