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Myths used while raising kids

Updated on April 15, 2011

Disciplining a child is very crucial at the beginning of his life since, if not done on time it can have it's own consequences; when the child is all grown up and on his own in this wild world. It is definitely easier to discipline them at a younger age when their minds are like sponges and they are so innocent and can be molded in any form.

I have used some myths to raise mine such as...

Telling the kid that mom has 3 eyes.

2 eyes are in the front of the head and 1 at the back. This tactic is used when I am driving and my kid is all buckled up at the back. This helps them stay disciplined which is very important since, I have to concentrate driving with the precious cargo in my car.

Telling the kid that if you lie, two horns will grow from your head.

This helps the kid to not get tempted to tell lies and I get all the correct information about his school and his friends.

Telling the kid that if he does not clean up after his play time, the toys vanish into thin air.

This helps the kid to clean up after his play time. However, there have been incidents when my kid did not clean up just to see it's effect and I made sure I hid them in the closet for him to show that Toys do get vanished.

Telling the kid that if he shares his toys with other children, the toys tend to multiply.

This encourages the kid to share with the other children with the greed to get more. However, the toys are multiplying when he is asleep. That way he does not expect anything from his parents.

I do realize that these myths will work short time and once he is elementary school they will tend to fuse out but, I am hoping by then, that discipline will blend into his system.


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      910chris 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Vey cute Hub!! I have used some of those, but never heard of "Telling the kid that if you lie, two horns will grow from your head." I think I will steal that one from you!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Ruchira, I remember some of these ones I've been raised with. These are harmless myths but work well.

      Voted up and interesting and shared.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Vicki,

      Oh yeah! I remember being told that as well. I would be very scared and would not do it and now have forgotten how to do

      Thanks for your vote of confidence. I am glad that you enjoyed it :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks BBG. The horn thingie is still working on my 8 year old (TOUCH-WOOD) I come to know from his eyes that he is bluffing about something and I remind him about the horns growing thingie. He quickly runs to see in the mirror IF he has started growing

      I have a quiet and sly giggle.

      Thanks for your vote of confidence in the above...cheers!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great idea for a hub. I used to hear when I would cross my eyes, "They'll stay that way." I'm sure there are many other things that we could come up with. Enjoyed the hub!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I never thought of using the other myths with my kids, however, I will have to admit that I have used the 3 eyeball scenario plenty of times. I have also told them to make sure they tell the truth, because parents know everything. I have gotten my kids to admit to a lot of things this way. Cute hub and great tips. Way to go!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Thank you for your vote of confidence, dear.

      I am pretty sure you will be a very wise mom (looking at how intelligent your hubs are)

      Wishing you luck and joy, my friend.

      sorry for the late response.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Cute, helpful and hilarious hub! I have not heard of these tactics before! I would like to use these tactics to discipline my kids in the future! You are a very wise and sensible mom to your kids!

      Thanks for sharing. Useful, Interesting and Funny. Voted up.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Voronwe,

      I am glad you had fun reading the above and could reminiscence about it.

      Thanks for stopping by! Appreciate it.

      Also, welcome..good to meet ya. will pay a visit to your hubs!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Anamika,

      I personally feel that rewarding for everything puts a value for everything and that loses value for everything.

      We all are smart individuals to make a choice on how to direct the lives of our little ones! Good luck!

      Thanks for stopping by with your precious input!

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      This was a fun read! I remember my mom using a few myths of these sort to discipline her three children. Now that we are all grown up, we have a pretty good laugh every now and then, reminiscing those old times. They were totally harmless; infact I used to do the same to my younger brother(though not for 'disciplining' purposes!) I think it depends upon the disposition of the child...and guaging beforehand how they'd react when they discover the truth.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Personally, I believe that a lie is a lie. Myths or whatever, by lying you are setting a bad example to the child. Instead, I would suggest trying 'rewarding'. You could tell the kid that you would put money on his coin bank if he cleans up the toys after playing or you would buy him something he likes if he stays disciplined.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi algarveview,


      My kid loves the last one too. Sharing has become his mantra as well...he is 9 now but, has adapted it well.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Will stop by your hubs soon!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Thumbi7,

      I know...I loved reading this hub when I received your comment and it was fun to go through those wonderful ways I kid who is 9 now, laughs at it as well :)

      Thanks for stopping by with your support!

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Very nice, especially the last one, have to try it since I have twins and they don't seem to understand the concept of sharing... Good one. Voted up.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      I had good laugh reading this hub.

      It is very important to discipline children and I liked the fun way you did it. When they grow older, you can share these with them

      Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Ruchi,

      These myths are such that any child when he/she grows up will just laugh about it...there is no harm intended in it. And it just helps in the road of disciplining...that's all.

      Thanks for stopping by with your input!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 6 years ago from Singapore

      Interesting hub. Well, my personal choice is to speak truth.I know it can be challenging sometimes to discipline kids. However, I try my best to avoid stories. In future, if they tell me myths or stories, how will I feel?

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      The vanishing act came into existence after my kid blamed me for hiding his toys and insisted that I return them back and the persistence of the children can be very very overwhelming esp when you are pressed for time :)

      Multiplying toys helped me as well since the kid does not rely on his parents to give him toys of his choice that way I could give him even a $1 worth toy and he would be happy ;-)

      My kid is 6 as well and so far the 3 eyes and growing horns is working well...LOL

      Thanks for stopping by...Appreciated it!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I remember using pretty much all of these tatics for my children. Never thought of the multiplying or vanishing toys act though. I will just have to try that one, even though my kids are 9 and 6 right now! LOL

      Great hub!

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Gee thanks Brenda.

      I thought of summarizing my ideas on how I raised mine thus, the above hub. Am glad you found it funny 'cause I find it too :)

      thanks for stopping by...appreciate it!

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      Brenda 6 years ago

      It is Hilarious hub and interesting facts which could be adapted since harmless :) Gotta think of what I used while raising my kids though...been ages!