Lies That Our Parents Told Us When We Were Kids
One of the things that makes childhood beautiful and fun is the kind of lies our parents told us. Yes, it’s true some of these lies were just out of the picture however every lie had a good motive behind it. These lies in a way made us do the right thing even without knowing it. But now if they are to tell me the same lies, they told me some years back, I burst out with laughter.
It’s possible most of us as at this age, do not or have not had such experiences, so I will be uncovering most of the lies our parents used to tell.
It’s a new week and i believe that this will cause us to have a good laugh while we have a recap of those memories. If you have not had a good day so far, reading the lies our parents, told us about when we were kids will make burst into laughter.
- “Going to school will make you rich”
This lie is a lie not only told by our parents, but by our community and almost everybody around us. But it is a very big lie. If only I knew that, I will not have found myself here. Nevertheless, this lie was told for us to take our education seriously. Education is very key which we all know because education cuts across all areas of our lives. However, going to school does not guarantee our success.
2. “Hide your fall off tooth under your pillow, it will turn into money”
As for this lie, I believed it soo much because as a kid I always wanted money and am sure almost a number of us also had our parents tell such a lie. At a point, we were asked to throw the tooth on top of our roofs. It is soo funny because coming to think of it I don’t know how possible that was.
3. “Too much of wounds on your legs won’t get you, your dream job”
Reading this alone is soo funny, like how do marks on your legs get you a job. They mostly told us this lie, with the excuse that employees count the wounds and marks on our legs, and with that, we just do not get the job. Like this is soo unbelievable, looking at the current economic state of the country like which employer cares about marks or wounds on our legs. They are not even concerned about the certificates or degrees we have, they more concerned about productivity and how much you add up to the company.
4. ” I will buy you a cock if you pass your exam”
I know your mother or your father also promised you this when you were a kid. When they saw that examination period was nearing, then they would tell us to study profusely to be “first” in our class so that they would kill cock and cook it for us, and also cook delicious rice for us.
You fell for this when you were a kid – I also fell for that lie. When you passed your exam and top the class, they would find another excuse to give you – an excuse like, “when I went to the market to buy the cock, they told me all the cocks have been sold. So I will buy it for you next time.”
As you are an adult now, you still use this lie to make your children or younger siblings to learn. This lie is effective.
5. ” Tell me the truth – I will not beat you “
This is the lie that still hurts me till now. I look at my parents and can’t understand how they could perfectly lie to me when I was a kid just to get the truth out of me. Anytime it was told again, I just could not stop myself from believing it.
When we did something bad and refused to tell the truth; they would begin to smile and tell us that, ” We will not beat you, if you tell us the truth.” As soon as we heard these words, we began to spill the truth out and the beatings would start right from there and the beatings were soo intense than the lie.
6. ” If you sit too close to the TV, you will hurt your eyes”
This lie still works till today, and it was told to prevent the kids from being in their path of view when watching television. It has been revealed that you can’t get myopia if you sit too close to the television. Myopia is genetic and one could get it from their family. But our parents told us this so that we would not block their view.
7. ” Lend me your money, I will pay you back as soon as possible”
This lie, I will and never forget and the sad part is your money never returns back. My mother was able to use this on me though I am an adult now. She told me to lend her some money, I shouldn’t worry for she will give it to me back on the next day. I did that but I have not been given the money and I also can’t demand the money from my mom. That looks funny to me.
Our parents used this on us when we were kids. As soon as you give them the money, you will never get it back and you can’t demand it from them also. Sometimes, we forgot that we even lent our money to our parents.
8. “I was the most intelligent student in my class at your age “
When our parents wanted us to be learning, they would tell us they were always in front of their books learning at our age and they always topped their class. They tell us this lie just to goad us to learn hard.
9.” Stop crying, I will buy you ice cream, toffee or biscuit in the night okay”
Our parents always had a way to make us do their bids. When someone beat us and they saw us cry bitterly ; for them to stop us easily from crying, they would promise us that – they would buy us ice cream if only we stopped crying.
If you stopped crying and start demanding for the ice cream, they would tell you, “you would get it later.” And their later means never. There were times they’d beat the one who beat us in the air and with that we were soo satisfied with such a lie.
10. ” Let me keep your ‘susu’ money for you”
My mother always looked innocent telling this lie, she made it look like she wanted the best for me and would get me anything I want in a split second but it was never so.
Our parents would encourage you to be saving your money with them and when it’s Christmas time, they would use the “susu” money to buy new clothes for us to wear. When Christmas time came, they would tell you that they used the money to buy the rice or chicken that we were eating.
My mom did this to me and I promised to never give my money to her again in my entire life.
- ” I would dash you money if you go”
When we refused to go on an errand, our parents would tell us that, ” if you go and buy the thing for me, I will dash you money when you come back.” You come back from the errands and they would tell you to get out of their sight for they don’t have money to give you. This hurt a lot. If they didn’t use that lie on us, we would never have gone on any errand.
- ” I can see what you are doing behind me, I have eyes at the back of my head.”
When they told us this, we would stop the bad thing we were doing and begin to look at the head of our parents to confirm if they really had one eye at the back of their head; if they didn’t, then how did they notice that I was doing something bad.
They told us this to make us behave in the right way, mostly when they were about to sleep – to keep us in check.
11. “Do not swallow the seeds of guava”
The one famous lie we were told by our parents was that – when we made a mistake to swallow the seeds of guava while eating the fleshy part, the seeds would grow in our stomach. There was no one who defied that; I was always careful when I was eating guava.