It's one of those dirty little secrets you discover when you have kids:  your parents LIED to you!


But, almost as quickly, you realize, they didn't really have a choice.

As the father of two now adult daughters, I can tell you that getting kids to do something isn't easy, and yes, sometimes you have to resort to fibbing, or downright fabricating.

So which are the classic parental white lies? Jill Layton, writing for the blog Hello Giggles, outlines '17 Lies Our Parents Told Us'.

My 'Fab Four':

The swimming myth

If you don’t wait 20 minutes after eating before you swim, you’ll throw up. It was a real concern most of us had, because throwing up is the grossest (especially if you’re swimming in it). But you know what? I don’t wait 20 minutes after eating to swim anymore, and all my food stays in my stomach.


The TV myth

If you sit too close to the TV, you’ll go blind. It was probably not good for our eyes, but if we couldn’t find the remote, we had to sit close to the TV. There was no way around it. It was worth the risk.


The “We’ll see” myth

You want to go to the mall? We’ll see. “We’ll see” meant “I’m going to change the subject and hope you forget you asked to go to the mall.”


The “We’re leaving without you” myth

Your parents would never leave without you. It’s their job to keep you safe and alive. Leaving without you would compromise that.


So which ones did you hear as a kid and which one do you use on your kids today?