While most teen movies and TV shows usually portray this scenario the other way around, many parents keep secrets from their kids. Parents keeping secrets from their children obviously happens quite a bit. Despite what adults will say about how lying is wrong, often parents lie to their kids about things like relationships, health, and finances so as to not worry them about subjects they aren't yet concerned with. However, some deep dark parent secrets remain too sensitive or harmful for a mother or father to reveal to their kids. When it comes to different peoples' family secrets, many stories stay in the shadows, only surfacing in cathartic testimonies on the anonymous internet.
Using the faceless platform of Reddit, parents share their secrets that their sons and daughters do not know about them. In some cases, these secrets will be revealed with time as they get older. But many, many others will be taken to the grave by mom and dad.
Two things: my daughter had an identical twin who didn't survive, and the man she knows as her father is not her father.
I was in [a physically harmful] relationship and the biological father decided he would rather us both be [terminated] if I didn't want to be with him. So he started driving into oncoming traffic. I reacted by fleeing the vehicle at 45 mph because I saw a cop car parked a block away. I opened the door, grabbed my knees, tucked my head, and rolled out. I ended up really bruised and sore and [fatally wounded] one of the babies. But I made it to the police and never saw him again.
This is actually about my sister. When she was a baby my mother tried to give her away because she didn't want her. My dad found out and got her back from the woman. She is now 21 and still doesn't know.
Other way around. My father was a great hockey player in my town and played quite well throughout university. I still get told all the time by everyone from my home town how great of a hockey player he is and I should be proud, and they don't know how he never went to the bigger leagues. Well, I was moving my grandparents to a nursing home and stumbled on a letter from a university offering him a full scholarship to go play hockey for them. My grandparents never told him because they didn't want him to leave the family farm, and as far as I know he still doesn't know about that (at least 30 years have gone by).
Now, my grandparents have passed and I still haven't told him. If my parents ever tried to hide a opportunity like that from me I think I would disown them.
My adopted kids came from a couple of [users]. Even though they all remember their birth mom and dad fondly, they have no idea how horrible they really were and how much they put the kids lives in danger.
I'm not sure if I can ever tell them that.