"Eat them or you’ll go blind!"
And parents wonder why their children lie to them:
Most parents tell lies to
their children as a tactic to change their behaviour, suggests a study
of families in the United States and China.
The most frequent example was parents threatening to leave children alone in public unless they behaved.
Persuasion ranged from invoking the support of the tooth
fairy to telling children they would go blind unless they ate particular
Another strategic example was: "That was beautiful piano playing."
The study, published in the International Journal of
Psychology, examined the use of "instrumental lying" – and found that
such tactically-deployed falsehoods were used by an overwhelming
majority of parents in both the United States and China – based on
interviews with about 200 families.
I think the lie I use most with my kids is "I don’t have any cash on me", but of course they know I could use a credit/debit card, so really, who is fooling who?
And while we’re on the subject of carrots, eyes, and blindness, here’s a Bill Plimpton animation:
Read more: Most parents ‘lie to their children’. BBC News>>
Via Metafilter, Instrumental lying by parents in the US and China>>