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We're pretty certain that most people who regularly interact with their parents have lied to lớn them at some point in their lives — and if they say they haven't, we're going to lớn assume they're lying.

These lies aren't always big. Often, they're as simple as, "Yes, I did my homework" or "Of course there will be parents at the các buổi party." And since most of our lying-to-parents moments took place during our less-than-levelheaded teenage years, many of these fibs were eventually busted.

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But what about the juicier lies we told? Those often make for the best stories, even (especially?) if our parents never discovered the truth. So we decided to lớn ask R29 staffers and readers about the worst lies they told their unsuspecting parents. We weren't surprised to lớn find plenty of confessions about secret parties, romance-fueled drama, and summers spent secretly slacking off. Read on for five of our favorites.


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"I was an RA at my college dorm when I was 19, but I only lasted halfway through the semester. I told my parents that I quit because I was too stressed and overwhelmed to lớn keep handling the responsibility of being an RA, but I really had gotten fired for getting caught smoking weed in my boyfriend's dorm room in the same building. Oops. My parents believed u, and they haven't found out — it was probably the waterworks that made them believe u. I'm really close with my parents outside of this scenario, so sánh it still kind of bothers u that I lied to lớn them." — Amanda, 22, New York

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"When I first started going to lớn parties in high school, my parents gave u a stern talking-to about watching out for people using drugs and not to lớn get peer pressured. They would always give u 21 questions every time I went out, so sánh one day, to lớn get them off my back, I went to lớn my friend's house and told them there was a các buổi party. Then I called them an hour later and told them to lớn pick u up. They asked why I was getting picked up so sánh early, and I said, 'They started talking about smoking marijuana, and I got uncomfortable.' I was never bothered after that. It was the most manipulative thing I've ever done, and I don't feel too good about it, but it worked really well." — Daniel, 23, New Jersey

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"I'm a pretty introverted person. I lượt thích to lớn spend my Friday nights curled up in bed with British detective shows or hanging out at a friend's house. In high school, my mom was borderline obsessed with getting u out of the house for a 'more active social life.' I went to lớn a big thành phố high school, so sánh homecoming and formals weren't really a thing, and despite being a cheerleader, I wasn't a big người hâm mộ of parties. But my mom wouldn't stop pushing u to lớn go out more — I never had a curfew, and the minute I mentioned a male friend, she would get very excited. When I did have a friend's birthday các buổi party to lớn go to lớn, she just said, 'Have fun and remember that vodka's not lượt thích champagne!' One day, to lớn get her off my back, I told her I was going to lớn a các buổi party with some girlfriends on a Friday night. In fact, all we did was go to lớn a movie and then have pizza at her house. Badass, I know, but my mom was so sánh happy she basically pushed u out the door, and she left u alone for months afterwards." — Alexia, 18, Thành Phố New York City

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"After high school, I did a short study abroad program in Spain. They had an extremely strict attendance policy (something lượt thích missing three classes over the summer means you don't 'graduate'), but I wasn't actually doing it for college credit, so sánh I didn't need to lớn graduate. I partied, as one does on study abroad, and had a few rough mornings (or spur-of-the moment jaunts to lớn other cities) that necessitated missing class. In the over, I received a diploma-looking piece of paper that said, in Spanish, that due to lớn absenteeism, I would not officially graduate the course. My mom found it in my suitcase while helping u unpack and said, beaming, 'Ooh is this your diploma from the program? We are so sánh proud of you.' I didn't have the heart to lớn tell her what it really said — and I still haven't.

"I did come home page practically fluent in Spanish, so sánh why would they doubt I had succeeded in the program? I wouldn't mess around with a great opportunity lượt thích that again, though — I mean, I don't regret the good times I had in Spain, but I could have planned better (or hydrated better) so sánh I didn't have to lớn miss class in the first place. In the over, I placed out of a lot of Spanish classes once I arrived at college, so sánh it's lượt thích I got credit for the program anyway. Now, the only purpose the lie serves is protecting my parents from thinking about what I was really doing that summer all those years ago, and protecting u from telling them that I'm a big lying liar." — Christine, 33, Philadelphia.

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"One time, I told my parents I was going to lớn my friend's house to lớn sleep over with a couple other girls. We ended up going to lớn a các buổi party in the next town over, and I volunteered to lớn drive my girlfriends. I called my parents and told them I was safely at my friend's house, while I was actually driving to lớn the các buổi party. My parents totally believed u, but then, on my way back from the các buổi party, I got pulled over for speeding! I got a ticket for going 47 in a 30. (In my defense, I was going down a hill!) I had to lớn confess to lớn my parents the next day. They were not happy that I lied about where I was AND got in trouble with the police. I was grounded until my court appearance, for about two months, and I had to lớn get a job to lớn pay for the fine." — Caitie, 24, Webster, NY