'There's a baby dragon in the hand-drier and a princess in your tummy': The creative lies parents tell to make their children behave
Some 90% of parents have a list of white lies they tell their childrenTooth fairy lie still most popular, used by 38% of parents
00:02 GMT, 20 November 2012
Eat your vegetables to make the princess in your tummy happy
The ice cream van only plays music when it's run out of ice cream….there's a princess in your tummy who can only eat vegetables….and there's a baby dragon in the hand-drier who needs to practice his fire-breathing on your hands.
These are just some of the white lies parents have admitted feeding to their children to steer them onto the correct path in life, according to new research.
Some 90 per cent of parents have a list of creative tales they tell to their little ones, with other favourites including that you'll be washed down the plughole if you stay in the bath too long and that eating green food will turn you into a superhero.
The traditional tale of the tooth fairy remained the most popular story,
used by 38 per cent of mums and dads, while other prevailing stories include
giving different foods more exciting names to get kids to eat them, such
as calling broccoli trees (21 per cent) and feigning phone calls from
teachers to tackle reluctance to do homework (16 per cent).
The study of over 2,000 parents by Warburtons, to mark the launch of its Half & Half loaves, found that mums have the most tricks in their armoury to convince kids to gets things done, with an average of nine tricks up their sleeve compared to the five dads have.
Let the baby dragon living in the machine practice his fire-breathing on your hands
TELL ME LIES, TELL ME SWEET LITTLE LIES
Eat your vegetables and you'll turn into a superhero!
Almost half of mums and dads (45 per cent) think creative tales are a necessary part of modern parenting.35 per cent of parents disguise vegetables in other foods to get children to eat them A third of parents spell out certain words to each other using letters rather than say the word in full One in seven (14 per cent) parents wind clocks forward to get children to bed on time2 per cent of parents tell their child that the music played by an ice cream van means they’ve run out of ice cream.Parents surveyed as part of the research admitted to getting creative
with their children in order to improve behaviour (58 per cent), encourage them
to eat nutritiously (56 per cent), improve imagination (39 per cent) and improve their
health and well-being (38 per cent) The traditional tale of the tooth fairy remained the most popular story,
used by 38 per cent of mums and dads
Mark Simester, Marketing Director at Warburtons, said: 'The tooth fairy is an old classic that many of us were brought up on, but parents today are using their clever and creative sides to build on this – mixing traditional and modern tactics to help keep children healthy and happy.
'The tooth fairy is an old classic that
many of us were brought up on, but parents today are using their clever
and creative sides'
'Providing children with a balanced diet has always been important to mums and dads, so we weren't surprised to see examples of clever parenting put into practice to get goodness into kids.
'As we understand the challenges parents face, we have created two Warburtons Half & Half loaves – with a mix of wholemeal and white flour – as a great way for parents to sneak fibre into their child's lunchbox.'
Get out of the bath or you'll be sucked down the plughole!