What Little White Lies Do Parents Tell Their Kids?
by Lisa René LeClair
Photograph by Twenty20
your parents said they had to "check the Halloween candy for poison"
before you could have any and the next day half of it was missing? Or when Mom
said the tooth fairy was real but she only came if you brushed your teeth
every night without arguing?
been telling kids little white lies for ages. Why? For one reason, it's
hilarious. To illustrate, watch these two girls as they hop into the back seat
of their father's car after being sent on a hilarious mission to buy "blinker
fluid" and a "bucket of steam."
parents might stretch the truth on occasion is to prevent injury. Supposing your
toddler refuses to listen when you ask them not to jump on the couch. You could
keep asking them to stop (because doing so has worked so well in the past) or you
could just tell them that the invisible couch police are hiding underneath,
waiting to write them a ticket.
children that the ice cream truck only plays music when they are out of treats
is a great way to get them to stop begging.
writer and co-founder of website The Toast with Mallory Ortberg, shared a similar story
on Twitter earlier this week.
“We had so many
great months of the kids thinking that Scooby Snacks were plain whole wheat
crackers," she wrote. "Then a babysitter bought a box of Scooby fruit snacks and the
whole system collapsed in under three minutes.”
Many and priceless.
shared a fond memory of her brothers, who tricked her into believing they were
raised by lions.
Another gave a
great example of just how far a grown-up will go to avoid taking kids to an
just fun to tamper with innocence and see how far you can take it.
It's even more
entertaining when they have no idea what you mean.
As parents, we
do what we must to preserve our sanity.
So what, if we
tell a few lies?
Or limit screen
time when kids should be playing outdoors?
We are parents,
and it's our job to raise responsible and courteous children. It helps if you
can laugh along the way.