Are they really creative parenting solutions or are they straight up lies? We all tell our children them whether we realize it or not. We don’t do it to be mean, or to teach our children that lying is okay. Most times we are doing it to protect them, but there are those times when we tell them little white lies to maybe keep the whole desert for ourselves, or to get them to go to bed when nothing else works. It’s not that we’re going through our whole day never telling them the truth, but come on…you have to admit that sometimes it’s so much easier and makes better sense rather than fighting them every step of the way.
Now that we’ve all admitted that we do it, let’s take a look at some of the “little white lies” that we tell our children.
Did you ever want to keep the whole piece of cake for yourself and say…”This food is too spicy for you.” Kids are afraid of pepper and spicy like adults are afraid of taxes so this one usually works 100% of the time.
Another famous one is “This toy is broken.” Maybe you’re just tired of hearing the sirens on the toy police car and ripped out the batteries, or maybe you don’t feel like replacing them when they wear out. I don’t blame you…batteries are expensive.
Kids have a built in radar. Check it out next time you are driving. They know exactly when and where the McDonald’s is coming up. It’s kind of eerie actually. We can’t stop and get them McDonald’s every time they want it, plus we’re on a diet and can’t deal with the smell of those hamburgers so we say, “McDonald’s is closed.”
Perhaps the most popular is the ever popular, “Santa Claus is watching.” That one kind of a double whammy lie since you’ve already lied about the existence of Santa.
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