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Quiz about Lies My Parents Told Me
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Lies My Parents Told Me Trivia Quiz


Protecting children's feelings, deterring bad habits and encouraging good ones are only some of the reasons many parents lie to their offspring. Take this quiz to find out more about why and how they do so.

A multiple-choice quiz by Gil_Galad. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Gil_Galad
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
358,806
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
3505
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. One of the most common parental lies is saying that various imaginary figures will bring gifts to children for specific holidays or events. Which is NOT one of those imaginary figures? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "Watching television will make you nearsighted" is one of the things many parents say to deter children from watching television. But is it actually true?


Question 3 of 10
3. Which of the following kinds of food is often given almost magical growth properties by parents, in an attempt to get their kids to eat it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. On the other hand, parents might lie about the effects of which drink, claiming it stops children from growing? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. When a young child's pet dies, some parents will lie to their child because it is too young to understand death. Around what age do *most* kids BEGIN to truly understand the concept of death? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "Maybe tomorrow" or "maybe next time" is one of the most common lies some parents say when they want to avoid doing something their children ask of them. Which category would describe this type of lie most accurately? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "If you don't stop crying, I will leave you right here" is an empty threat some parents might make to stop their children from misbehaving in public. Some parents, however, would never say it because they want to pay particularly close attention to their children (both physically and in terms of needs) at all times. What are these 'hovering' parents known as? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. According to a popular lie among parents, if you swallow chewing gum, how long will it stay in your stomach? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Boys love to crack their knuckles. Which 'osteo-' disease do parents often tell them knuckle cracking will cause, in attempt to get to them to stop? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Parents often warn their kids not to go out with wet hair, because they will catch a cold. This, however, is not the main factor since colds are actually caused by viruses.



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1. One of the most common parental lies is saying that various imaginary figures will bring gifts to children for specific holidays or events. Which is NOT one of those imaginary figures?

Answer: The Joyful Elf

Santa Claus is arguably the most famous imaginary gift-bringer. Traditionally, Santa makes lists of 'nice' and 'naughty' children, and brings gifts to all the nice ones on Christmas Eve. He is known by several other names in different countries, the most famous being Father Christmas.

The Easter Bunny is in many ways the equivalent of Santa Claus for Easter, at which time he brings children Easter eggs. The tooth fairy is called upon when a child loses his or her baby teeth. Most commonly, the tooth is placed under the pillow, and when the child is asleep, the tooth fairy takes it and leaves a reward (usually a small amount of money) in its place.

As for the Joyful Elf, it's a made-up name.
2. "Watching television will make you nearsighted" is one of the things many parents say to deter children from watching television. But is it actually true?

Answer: No

Watching a lot of television is not going to make children's vision become nearsighted. However, it can cause eyestrain, the most common symptoms of which are headaches and sensitivity to the light. Even though watching TV doesn't usually cause permanent eye damage, television may still have other unpleasant effects (e.g., it leads to a sedentary lifestyle and it may expose children to bad role models).
3. Which of the following kinds of food is often given almost magical growth properties by parents, in an attempt to get their kids to eat it?

Answer: Broccoli

Children are quite often unwilling to eat food the taste of which they don't like (even adults, who are supposed to possess emotional maturity, often do this). Broccoli and other vegetables are usually the kind of food this happens with, so they are attributed with miraculous growth properties by parents (e.g. "If you eat your spinach, you'll be very strong" or "If you eat your broccoli, you'll become very tall"). Of course, vegetables won't turn you into Popeye or make you seven feet tall, but they are still very beneficial, especially since kids are still physically developing.
4. On the other hand, parents might lie about the effects of which drink, claiming it stops children from growing?

Answer: Coffee

Coffee is occasionally portrayed as something that will prevent children from growing, because for some time it was believed that caffeine led to bone mass reduction. Even though that is not an actual effect of coffee, there are other reasons why parents might want to deter their kids from drinking it, such as possible insomnia.
5. When a young child's pet dies, some parents will lie to their child because it is too young to understand death. Around what age do *most* kids BEGIN to truly understand the concept of death?

Answer: 6

The concept of death is one of the most difficult for children to understand. Up to three years old, they are aware of the deceased's absence, but rather view it as abandonment. From three to six years old, they may view death as temporary and believe that the deceased will come back to life. From six to about ten years old, most children begin to slowly understand that death is irreversible, but may feel the need to personify it. After that, their perception of death will become more like that of an adult's.

(Source: MedlinePlus website)
6. "Maybe tomorrow" or "maybe next time" is one of the most common lies some parents say when they want to avoid doing something their children ask of them. Which category would describe this type of lie most accurately?

Answer: False promise

"Maybe next time" is one of the common parental lies, but it is also one of the worst ones in my opinion. One of the reasons it is used is because kids (especially young ones) often forget they have asked for something. However, it is one of the worst lies because it is only said to avoid creating a possible scene, one that a flat-out negative answer might cause. Unlike other lies, it doesn't protect the children's feelings or encourage good habits.

It's not a bribe (which is not a lie anyway) either, since the parent isn't offering something in return.
7. "If you don't stop crying, I will leave you right here" is an empty threat some parents might make to stop their children from misbehaving in public. Some parents, however, would never say it because they want to pay particularly close attention to their children (both physically and in terms of needs) at all times. What are these 'hovering' parents known as?

Answer: Helicopter Parents

"Helicopter parents" are indeed called so because they like to 'hover' over their kids at all times. Of course, children need caring parents who will supervise their lives, but children with helicopter parents will often fail to develop their independence, which has led to criticism of this practice.

The first appearance of the 'helicopter' term was in the book "Between Parent and Teenager" (Dr. Haim Ginott, 1969) by a teenager who says, "Mother hovers over me like a helicopter..." (as quoted in Wikipedia), however it didn't come into widespread usage until several decades later.
8. According to a popular lie among parents, if you swallow chewing gum, how long will it stay in your stomach?

Answer: Seven years

It is often said that if you swallow a piece of chewing gum, it will stick to your stomach for seven years. The truth is that chewing gum cannot be digested, but it will still simply pass through your digestive system and then it's passed out. Of course, swallowing gum is still a bad idea, if only because gum isn't food, but rather preservatives and artificial substances added to a rubbery base. So listen to your parents on this one, even if not for the reason they give you!
9. Boys love to crack their knuckles. Which 'osteo-' disease do parents often tell them knuckle cracking will cause, in attempt to get to them to stop?

Answer: -arthritis

Knuckle cracking, although annoying for many people, does not cause arthritis. The popping sound is the product of a gas bubble that appears (and then pops) when the bones are distanced during cracking, rather than the result of bone grinding. Arthritis, although unrelated to joint cracking, has many painful symptoms. Osteoarthritis in particular is caused by reduced cartilage, which leads to pain and stiffness in the joints.
10. Parents often warn their kids not to go out with wet hair, because they will catch a cold. This, however, is not the main factor since colds are actually caused by viruses.

Answer: True

Catching a cold is more common in the winter. One reason for that is because winter winds are drier. The low humidity causes the mucus in our noses to dry and helps the viruses spread. Going out with wet hair on the other hand does not cause colds, but some studies show that when body temperature goes down, the immune system is less resistant and there's a greater chance of getting sick.
Source: Author Gil_Galad

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