“It’s sleeping.” That’s the lie I told my 3-year-old son Henry when he found the dead cockroach on the floor. But I didn’t stop there. When I flushed it down the toilet and Henry asked where it was going, I panicked. “Um … it’s going to find its mom.”
Is this an acceptable form of parenting? Experts tend to think not. "Parents lie about death, divorce, disasters, and the list goes on ... to protect their children, but kids are very perceptive and may end up not trusting what they say in the future," says Julia Cook, parenting expert and author.
To help you make the right decisions, we’ve asked parenting author Bonnie Harris to point out the most common lies we make as parents, and then offer a truthful alternative. So the next time a bug goes belly-up in your bathroom, you’ll be prepared.