50 Lies Kids And Teens Like To Come Up With
While we see lying as a clearly bad thing, there are some good signs of this. For one, those who are good at lying are usually smarter than other kids. There’s a study that shows kids who can deceive others have higher verbal IQs than their peers.
The only downside though is that these kids have gotten so good that they can even trick adults. A study in 2016 found that adults fall for these lies about 47 percent of the time, which is terrible. So to help with that, here are a handful of lies that kids have used in the past. Perhaps you’ve said them when you were little as well.
Of course some of them are outlandish, but you’d be surprised how convincing these can be in the hands of a teenager or child.
Getting What They Want
You might be familiar with the line “If we get a dog, I promise I’ll take it for walks and feed it.” While it doesn’t always have to be a dog, you get the idea. In most cases, high-maintenance animals like dogs or cats normally fall down to the parents to look after rather than the kid.
One other approach is “If you let me do this, I’ll never ask you for anything else ever again!” Replace “do this” with anything and you’ve got a sneaky story to manipulate you into doing whatever they want. Of course this is a lie as kids generally mooch off parents for most of their lives. Even after they left the nest in some cases.
When they want money, one common lie is “I need the money for books.” You can replace books with just about anything beneficial like “healthy food” or “extra curricular activities”, but it can easily be a lie. If your kid isn’t working yet, the money is probably going towards games or candy.
Shifting The Blame
You see this behaviour in adults today, but part of it might be influenced by the lie when you were a child. The line “he/she started it!”
In so many cases, kids feel compelled to do that for one reason. That reason being they’ve been caught red-handed and don’t want to be the only one taking all the blame.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are other examples of excuses. One is feigning ignorance through the line “I don’t know how it happened. Maybe something happened when I was away.”
This line can be used in various situations, but the idea suggests that the accident was something out of the kid’s control. While that can be pretty convincing, the fact remains and they would probably have brought this up sooner if they weren’t responsible.
One other classic is simply “I forgot.” This can fly when you’re older and are juggling responsibilities from work, life, and other things.
But for a teenager or child who has literally no responsibilities, “I forgot” is a lie and what they meant to say was “What you told me isn’t as interesting as my other interests.”
If your kid is one to get into fights, one lie you’ll hear is “I didn’t start the fight, I was breaking it up.” Of course. The only way to break up a fight is by getting in there and fighting some more. Since when has a fire been stopped by pouring more fire or gasoline on it?
Another classic line these days is “My phone died.” This is a big lie, seeing as kids today depend heavily on their phone for everything. These days it’s highly unlikely for their phone to be dead. Unless your kid really has no care at all for technology.
The last one is utter denial like the line “I didn’t order this. They must’ve made a mistake.”
Teens will come up with anything to deny they ordered stuff. Especially if they are ordering on your dime. Numbers never tell lies. Another iteration of this is “I didn’t get your text.”
Lies Around School
School has a lot of pressure to it for someone developing. Because of this, your child will start pulling out some lies that you probably used in the past to your parents.
The first is taking a sick day by saying “I think I’m too sick to go to school today.” The thing is, no actual sick person will ever say this.
If you’ve got the flu, feeling feverish or generally feel bad, you’re not pondering on decisions like whether to go to school or not. You’re more focused on wanting to be left alone and get better. If your kid isn’t happy with the grades they got, they’ll usually pull a line like “The school hasn’t sent out report cards yet.” These days schools never send report cards through the mail. Chances are likely your kid is lying when they say this and simply don’t want to show off their grades to you out of shame.
Another is concerning packed lunches, “Of course I had what you packed me.” Parents always try to pack healthy stuff, but there is a good chance your kid lied and ditched whatever you packed and went for something unhealthy instead.
The last four lies revolve around homework, studying, and classes. Notice any familiar?
The first is “The teacher didn’t give us homework tonight.” If you think back to university, college, or even high school you know this is a lie. There is always some form of homework or project or something that has to be completed. This is procrastination at its core, unless your kid is someone who is pulling fantastic grades and staying on top of their studies.
Another iteration is “I’m at the library doing homework.” Unless your kid is studious and goes to the library often, this is something they’re putting together.
After a test one line a poor performing student will say is “I did study hard.” Unless your kid studies a week in advance, chances are high they crammed, which is no good.
The last one is tricky to spot with “I don’t cut class.” It’s hard to pinpoint, because poor grades doesn’t always mean it’s a lack of showing up. It could be lack of studying or interest in the topic despite being there. In this case you’re better off asking the teacher if your kids attendance is consistent.
Parents Permission & Around The Family
These are some lies that most of us are familiar with. We’ve dropped some of these around family members whether it’s to them or concerning their permission.
Starting off is the classic “Dad said I could” line is a golden one and a bare-faced lie. Chances are dad wasn’t paying attention at all and agreed to whatever they said just for them to go away. Another iteration of that lie is “My friend’s parents always let them.”
Other lies are designed to insure confidence and there are all kinds for that. One to highlight is “The party is chaperoned.” When kids hit their teenage years they may go to parties you might not approve of. This lie comes up to suggest that there will be adults present at the party. That’s a lie though, as chances are likely it’s just one of their friends.
Other examples are:
- “I didn’t block you on [insert social media platform.] That must be a mistake.” If you can no longer see your kids social media account chances are they’ve blocked you.
- “I’ve never tasted beer.” Insert any other alcoholic beverage you’d like there, but chances are that’s a lie. Kids have certainly experienced alcohol at some point. Unless you know your child is a saint of sorts, they’ve probably had some alcohol.
- “I’ll wear that sweater you bought me.” As much as we love to believe that, chances are that sweater is sitting in the closet collecting dust.
- “I took the chicken out when you told me.” Another good line and a total lie if the end result shows the food isn’t done yet. Chances are they were focused on other priorities.
- “I’ll be home before curfew.” Unless you know your kid is responsible, they’re probably going to be late.
- “He/She isn’t my boyfriend/girlfriend, he/she is just a friend.” It doesn’t take long for teens to start dating, but sometimes they like to keep things under wraps and lie about it. This lie can be especially prominent if you’re the type of parent who is overprotective.
Some other deceptive liners pertain to a widespread of things.
Pertaining to security you got, “I didn’t lock the door. Maybe you weren’t pulling hard enough.” Unless your door is ancient, pulling it effortlessly should be more than enough.
About specific things they did not do, “I’d never pour bacon grease down the drain.” Unless you’ve got a can to store the grease, there’s good odds that it’s going down the drain. Guaranteed.
Concerning piercings you might hear “It’s a clip-on.” A good line to drop after that is “So it’s okay if I tug on it?”
And others are concerning you and your partner. If you’re a family who loves family vacations you might hear, “I love the family vacations.” For this, look at their facial expression, since it could certainly be the truth. But if they look mad or generally unhappy during the whole thing, it’s probably a lie.
The last one is “You guys don’t embarrass me.” A parent’s responsibility is always to embarrass their kids in some way. It could be clothes, photos or the fact that will say “I love you” when dropping the kids off at school.
Dodging The Question
Kids learn at a young age to sometimes dodge questions as well. It’s not always pinning the blame, but it’s normally things that try to halt conversations.
First one is “I’m fine.” It’s not so much the words in this case, but rather the body language to look for. Often times kids say this with a big frown, a furrowed brow and folded arms. A clear tell they’re not fine, but clearly bothered and angry about something.
Another is procrastination at it’s finest. Grown ups do this too whether it’s saying it to someone or themselves. It’s the classic “I’ll do it tomorrow.” This is a lie because in the life of a teen there is ample time to get other things done.
Another form of dodging questions is saying “That isn’t mine.” It’s a lie because we often find these along with other items that do belong to them. Funny how possession works right?
The final one is “I’m listening.” Much like with “I’m fine” you need to look at body language. Look for the signs of listening: hands free, eyes looking at you. That is how you listen.
Staying Up Late
There’s plenty of stories about coming home late or staying up late anyway. Part of those stories will usually comprise of one of these lines.
If your kid is getting back home late or past their curfew one line is “I was late getting home because of traffic.”
That’s a big lie, after all we all know just how busy the late night rush hour can be.
Another is while they’re at home and want to stay up longer. This lie is “I’m just going to play this video game for two more minutes.” Or it could be some other form of entertainment.
Whether it’s video games or sleep, this line is a lie. It was Albert Einstein who said “the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion.” Suggesting that time is meaningless. They have no intention of turning the game off or getting more sleep or whatever. You’ll start believing that when you see it with your own two eyes.
Some kids will show some more complacency and go to bed… kinda. One line they might pull is “When you close the door, I’ll go right to sleep.” It’s another deceptive line in this age of rampant technology.
Unless you’ve got some measures in place to handle technology, there’s good odds they’ll whip out their phone or their Gameboy and start playing.
The last one is another deceptive one like “I was studying.” Unless your kid is highly studious, replace studying with “up looking at a screen” and that would be more accurate.
Money is another big thing for teens and they will come up with some crafty ones. Here are a few examples.
First is on saving in general with the line “Of course I’m saving my allowance.” Sure, your kids will be spending that money on stuff here and there, but it’s likely a lie, unless they can show you confidently their bank account. Better yet showing off a savings account.
Another one is providing explanations for getting money from you. A typical line is “I need some extra money for gas.” You can replace it with any sort of rationale there. Either way, it could be a lie if you’re familiar with your kids spending habits.
The last one is revolving around using money to get gifts. “I got your gift, it just hasn’t shown up yet” is another lie many fall for. Unless it’s around Christmas or on Prime Day the order is place, there shouldn’t be a problem. Either way, don’t take your kids word all the time. Get a tracking number or have them show you their receipt.
Other Common Lies
There are all kinds of other lies that kids will come up with. Here are a handful of other ones to consider.
“I always drive at the speed limit.”
Teens aren’t far off from adults when it comes to driving habits. They’ve been in the back seat and have seen cars plenty of times. They pick up on various habits. You know deep down they’re not always responsible drivers.
“I cleaned my room already, someone else must’ve messed it up.”
While some kids can live with the chaos of a messy room, cleaning it up can bring order and help people for sure. It’s likely a lie.
“I’ll definitely be taking good care of the car!”
“Car” can be replaced with anything precious or expensive and for many a sense of dread washes over us from this line.
“Already brushed my teeth.”
Highly unlikely if dinner is still stuck in there.
Getting Into Restricted Movies
“I’m pretty sure the movie’s PG-13.”
The ratings for movies are pretty reliable and they’re there for a reason. Keep an eye on them over what your kid is telling you.
“I certainly didn’t eat that.”
A likely story. Since when did mice make fork-shaped holes?
Don’t Need To Go To The Bathroom
“I don’t need to go.”
Sure this line can be genuine, but it can also be a lie and they’ll tell you 5 minutes into the drive to pull over. Regardless, you can teach them a valuable lesson this way by not stopping for them until the next pit stop… several miles from now.
“I’m not tired.”
Another denial of the facts.
“I don’t care.”
So it’s not an issue to pick where to go for supper? Or how about deciding what clothes you really need? Or what to get you for Christmas? Being indifferent can have its consequences.