Lies Our Parents Told Us: Things We Learned at Kids that Were Outright Lies

Kids are curious beings. They ask tons of questions about the world, and the adults around them often can’t keep up. In exasperation, some tell little lies to appease curiosity or to gain compliance with unruly kids. 

The internet shares the biggest lies they heard from the grown-ups they trusted. 


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One user said their father told them, “Moths were the Ghosts of Butterflies.” Way to instill a healthy fear of harmless moths!

Your Permanent Record

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Any minor infraction will go on *gasp* your PERMANENT RECORD. How many kids did this falsehood keep in check?

Blue Blood

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Our veins have a blueish-green hint, so some folks really believe that unoxygenated blood in our bodies is blue. Whether adults tried to trick kids with this or truly believed it is debatable. 

Worm Vacation

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When it rains, Earthworms appear! One mom told her daughter they came up when it rains because that’s the only time they can enjoy the surface without fearing the birds who want to eat them. 

Why the Waves?

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Everyone watching waves crash to shore marvels at the majesty of Earth’s physics. One child asked their father what made the waves and believed for way too long that whales did it. 

Competent Adults

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Television shows like Sesame Street and Star Trek lead us to believe in an idealized universe where most adults are competent and respectful. The most significant rite of passage into adulthood is learning how wrong that idea is. 

The Bad Guy Never Wins

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Adults teach kids to believe in a just world

The hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned that trope on its head in the season 2 episode Lie To Me. Here, Buffy asks Giles to lie about whether life decisions get easier as you grow up. 

Yes, it’s terribly simple,” he replies.  “The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.”


Your Face Will Get Stuck

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Exasperated parents will say whatever they can to stop their kids from making annoying faces. The tried and true “Your face will get stuck that way” works for a little while. 

Hard Work Pays Off

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Kids are sold the lie that hard work leads to success. As adults, we learn that’s not true. Success comes from the perfect mix of hard work, sheer talent, determination, and the ingredient they never warn you about: Shmoozing. 

Starting on third base also helps a whole lot. 

It’s Because He Likes You

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Adults failed generations of little girls by telling them their bully picks on them because he likes them. Even if it’s sometimes true, we shouldn’t teach girls that abuse equals love and should teach boys to behave. 

Praying it Away

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One poor soul said their deeply religious parents told them if they prayed hard enough, God would remove the disabilities associated with their genetic condition, goldenhars syndrome. 

The parents blamed them for not praying hard enough when they remained ill. 

College = Success

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Most millennials had college drilled into them before they even started kindergarten. College was touted as the ultimate key to success, and if you didn’t go to college, you’d fail at life. 

These kids went to college but took out massive loans to pay for it and are now struggling with crippling debt and the inability to find a decent job. 

Love Conquers All

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People always say love is enough and that there’s someone out there who will love you for who you are. Find out why that’s not true. 

Everyone in America Has Freedom

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America has freedom, if you’re wealthy enough to enjoy it. Here are 14 ways only the very rich get to enjoy America’s freedoms

You Have To Follow the Script

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You don’t have to get married and have kids to be happy. The life script isn’t for everyone. Here’s why you should ditch it and do your own thing

Everyday Lies We All Fall For

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Even the smartest among us fall for these everyday lies

How to Find Your Passion and Live Your Dream Life

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Your dream life is within reach. Your passion is buried deep inside of you, aching to burst free. Here’s how to rediscover your passion and life the life you always wanted

Source: Reddit