Jennifer Garner Tells Her Daughters It's Illegal Not to Wear Sunscreen

Say What!? 35

Jennifer GarnerI've always loved Jennifer Garner. She's one of the most "real moms" Hollywood has to offer. So when I heard she has been telling her kids that it's against the law not to wear sunscreen, I wasn't surprised.

She gets it! Sometimes it's OK to lie to your kids! Heck, sometimes you're doing it for their own good.

Now let me put a disclaimer out there before y'all jump down my throat. I actually don't believe in lying to my kid on the regular. If anything, in my house we err on the side of too much truth. We were very matter-of-fact when each of my grandparents died. She knows that commercials are really people trying to sell her something. And she's never been scared into thinking something ridiculous like clowns will eat her if she doesn't eat her broccoli (as a matter of fact, my kid is a weirdo who adoreds broccoli).

But I'm with Jennifer Garner; some things in life are non-negotiable. Unfortunately, kids don't always agree with us. Have you ever had the sunscreen fight with your kids? You'd think you were an agent of the CIA at Gitmo with the fight some kids put up.

Sometimes lying to your kids is really more about keeping them safe than anything! Don't believe it? Check out some of these "lies for your own good" parents 'fessed up to telling:

1. The car won't start unless your seatbelt is buckled.

2. If you're not in a car seat, Mommy will get arrested. (Kinda true, actually!).

3. You know the old line "you can't get pregnant your first time"? We've told our kids that the first time you have sex, you will, 100 percent certain, get pregnant (or she will) if you don't use protection.

4. If you take medicine when you're not sick, it will make you sick.

5. Even one cigarette will 100 percent sure cause cancer.

6. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day, they will rot right out of your head.

7. When my kids were little they went through the "I only like chicken and steak" phase. We cook and serve chicken, beef, and pork in our home and it was all called chicken or steak. "Chicken" was anything from duck or wild turkey to pheasant or pork. "Steak" was anything from bear to venison or buffalo. It worked well!

8. You get sick if you don't take a bath or shower.

9. My son will never grow if he doesn't eat some of everything in his plate.

10. If they misbehave in public and a police officer sees that they aren't "good," I could get arrested and thrown in jail.

Do you tell your kids lies for their own good? Let's hear 'em. 


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LostS... LostSoul88

How did you hear about this? Gossip magazines that are wrong 90% of the time?

LostS... LostSoul88

Sorry but some of those are screwed up. Do you want your children to fear the police because thats what you're doing. 

LeeshaE LeeshaE

DS 8 believes that you cannot use curse words prior to age 18 or you will be cursed, and something bad will happen to you.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

Hilarious! I told my kid (during a sleep strike) that the monsters couldn't see him if he was laying down with his head on the pillow...and that they leave sleeping kids alone...WORKED LIKE A CHARM

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

I am good with all of those except for #10; why do parents INSIST on teaching their children to be afraid of police officers?????!!!!!

I just don't get it.

nonmember avatar Reisisnice

My son was afraid of monsters under the bed or closet when he was really small. I used monster spray (Lysol) under the bed and in the closet. I also told him that we were a monster free house. They were not allowed in. That was all it took.

nonmember avatar Debbie

I tell my kids that if they get bad grades they will end up working at McDonalds or a shoe store. So far, so good.

Dawn Marie Agridiano

Do not go into the woods behind our house! The bears will chase you and they are much faster than you! (My way to keep my boy from wandering n getting lost)

2jeff... 2jeffsmom

Your eyes change color when you lie. "Look at me!"

nonmember avatar jen

#4 is kinda correct= in terms of addiction, so thats a good one. #6 is also correct= oral hygeine is absolutely important- if u dont properly care for ur teeth they will rot out of ur head. Props on those ones. However, kids should not fear the lawmen. Maybe u should reconsider those ones, overall, good job mom!

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