Kids say the darndest things. As it turns out, so do parents - especially when it comes to getting their progeny to pick cauliflower over cupcakes.
The truth is, many parents tell big, fat food fibs to get their kids to eat their fruits and veggies and avoid sugary snacks. It's out of love, we know, we know. Still, we remain somewhat unconvinced that they didn't believe some of their foodie fabrications, too.
We solicited our colleagues' and friends' best food-centric tales of Pinocchio parenting, and now, we're calling them out.
(Please don't ground us.)
(Read as we bust some myths and share our favorites from the comments.)
Parents tell you a food fib growing up? Speak with a forked tongue in the comments below. We'll share the especially outlandish ones in an upcoming feature.
Meet a kid who's making some healthy decisions and taken his family's food life into his own hands and see what Tom Colicchio says about childhood hunger and obesity
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Chocolate milk comes from brown cows ... I think Dad was responsible for that one. We thanked everyone brown cow we passed by on car trips.
I told my son that brownies were "mud pies" and that chocolate chip ice cream had bugs in it.
Growing up (until I was about 5 or 6 and figured it out), my dad would tell my sister and me that the ice cream truck was really a truck that came by to steal kids away – he just didn't want us asking for ice cream. Probably saved him hundreds of dollars and fights, thinking back on it.
My mother swore that drinking milk with fish, any kind, was bad, bad news. She never said exactly what would happen but the look on her face was so dire that to this day I will not partake of dairy and fish at the same time.
I used to tell my daughter to eat her vegetables because they are the color foods. If you eat them you will see the colors better. She always ate her vegetables and believed she could see the greens, yellows, reds and oranges a little brighter. There might be a bit of truth to it. Yes, I grew up in the sixties.
My daughter tells her son the same thing now.
My mom used to tell me that if I ate standing up, then all of the food would go down into my ankles....and I believed her!!!
My Dad, whose good friend and mentor as a youth–and also owned a local coca-cola bottling company– told us that anything we drank besides coke would rot our guts.
I used to say that the ice cream man was the whiner truck coming to collect whiny little kids. They knew I was joking...
My mom used to tell me that if I didn't finish every last grain of rice in my bowl (we're Chinese), those grains of rice will appear as pock marks on my future husband's face.
"If you don't clean your plate, then your future wife/husband will be ugly."
I eat every bit of food on my plate to this very day...
My mother used to tell us that the baby corn you'd find in Chinese restaurant fried rice was "shrunken" by a Voodoo priest in the same ceremony that he shrinks heads.
my mom has always said that pizza and ice cream are good for you- they both have protein! which is why we have ice cream for dinner at least once a week. haha
alas, can't wait until i move out and can eat what i want. i'll lose a freshman fifteen! on the other hand, i'll have to pay for it...
When I wanted to try something new, my mother always told me I wouldn't like it. Now I remind her of all the things I like that she is too wimpy to try!
We told our children that spinach and tomatoes were louder than carrots and peppers. We'd have crunch contests just so that they could prove we were wrong.
This is a good one!
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