We all know how hard it can be to
get children to go to sleep at bedtime. We asked parents on
Facebook to tell us the greatest lies they've told their little
ones to send them to sleep.
1) Give them superpowers
From Superman to Batman, every child
has their own favourite superhero: "I tell my son if he wants to
become a superhero he has to sleep for as long as he can to be like
2) The monster under the bed
The fears that all parents use to
their advantage: "Spiders go to sleep when you switch the light
off, that's when they can't get you."
3) If in doubt, use Santa
The typical Santa name-drop never
gets old:"I tell my kids, if you move and it flashes red (the
burglar alarm), someone important like Santa is watching you. If
you want Christmas presents, you have to be good and go to
4) Make her a princess
Let's face it, most kids want to
become their favourite disney princess: "I tell my daughter that if
she wants hair as long as Rapunzel, then she has to go to sleep so
it can grow just like hers."
5) Wishful thinking
That one boyband member that gets
them every time: "If you don't go to sleep you will never grow big
enough to meet Harry Styles."
6) Playing on their imagination
A little lie about your kids' toys
won't do any harm: "I tell my daughter that she has to be quiet and
go to sleep because her dolls and teddy bears can only sleep when
7) Encourage sibling rivalry
From push to shove your kids will
always want to win the race: "I used to use on my kids the… 'who
can go to sleep first competition'-that was always good when they
were little. Now it's a case of I'll turn the wifi off!"
8) There's always the fairies!
Sprinkle some fairy dust and hope
for the best! "You have to go to sleep on time so the sleep fairy
will be happy and will bring you lots of lovely dreams. If not you
will make her angry and you won't dream at all."
9) If all else fails…
"Shut up and go to sleep now or