Kids are curious by nature. They ask uncomfortable questions, and have boundless energy.
They could wear out their parents in a no time. To deal with that, grown ups have come up with ingenious methods.
Some of these interventions are meant to instill discipline, others to help children maintain their innocence for as long as possible.
1 How they were successful when they were your age
Nilikuwa number one nikiwa class 3..... mimi sikuwai danganya wazazi wangu.... nilikuwa natembea 11 killometers bila viatu na bado nilipita tu.
If all our parents were first in class who was second...or even last.
2 Nakuja tu saa hii
This is one is a classic. If young children had their way, they would accompany their parents everywhere.
To evade such inhibitions, parents will usually lie that they are only walking out for a few minutes, only to disappear for the whole day.
3 Nyamaza ama niambie "uncle"
Kids have this adorable belief that everyone is their relative.
Parents tend to take advanatge of this, that if a kid becomes rowdy in public, they threatenen with punishment from a stranger.
It usually works!
4 Rain makes one taller
Kids are always in a hurry to grow bigger and taller.
Growing up, my mom convinced me that getting rained on helps one grow taller.
I'm yet to shed off that nonsense.
5 Beans are meat but with a different taste. Really?
For kids who are picky eaters, lies become the order of day.
6 Babies are bought at the supermarket
Kenyan parents find it hard to discuss reproduction with their children.
When questions such as where babies come from eventually pop out, a creative anwer comes in handy.
Just delaying the inevitable, really.
7 Ukiongea sana utakuwa bubu
Let's be honest; some children can wear out your nerves with their incessant chatter.
To gain some peace, some parents lie to their children that each person has a set number of words they are supposed to use in a lifetime.
Better measure your chatter, then.