‘Father Christmas only comes to good little children’: Parents tell children 3,000 ‘white lies’ as they grow up… to get THEIR own way.
Among classic fibs are that Father Christmas only gives presents to good children, spinach gives you big muscles and sitting in front of the television for too long gives you square eyes. Others include that eating crusts puts hair on your chest and that the jingle of an ice cream van means it has sold out.
The survey of 3,000 mums and dads found that 66 per cent were prepared to turn to a white lie if all else failed. The most common lie – told by 84 per cent of parents – is that Father Christmas only gives presents to good little children. Second was that Father Christmas only visits children who go to sleep nicely on Christmas Eve – used by eight in ten. A further 60 per cent of adults have told their children that sitting too close to the television will make their eyes go square.
Kathryn Crawford, of The Baby Website, which commissioned the study, said: ‘The funny thing is that most of the little white lies we tell our own children are ones that our parents told us and chances are, they came from our grandparents too. So the fables get passed automatically from each generation to the next.’ Other little white lies include the fact that crocodiles live under the bed and that making silly faces will make God cross and he will freeze your face.
White lie: ‘Father Christmas only comes to good little children’
The majority of parents agreed their children usually stopped believing everything they were told without question by their eighth birthday. But the study found that until then, youngsters absorb everything with 57 per cent repeating lies to teachers, friends and even family members.
Eight in ten parents said they often told little white lies to their children to protect them from the truth, whilst 46 per cent made lies up if they didn’t know the real answer to a question. And two thirds of the parents polled claimed they told lies only to encourage their children to behave nicely.
Top ten tales we tell our kids:
- Father Christmas only comes to good little children (84 per cent)
- Father Christmas only visits children who go to sleep (81 per cent)
- Sitting too close to the 3. TV makes your eyes go square (60 per cent)
- Spinach makes you strong (48 per cent)
- If you cross your eyes, the wind will change and they’ll stay there (39 per cent)
- An apple tree will grown in their tummies if they eat apple pips (27 per cent)
- If children play with their privates too much, they will drop off (25 per cent)
- The ice cream van only plays music to let children know it has run out of ice cream (22 per cent)
- Eating crusts will put hair on your chest (22 per cent)
- The police arrest children who swear (20 per cent)
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