When I first became a mom, I vowed to always tell my kids
the truth. This was a big mistake. Sure, in theory—before your child asks where
babies come from or wants to know if the Tooth Fairy is real—being a full-disclosure
parent sounds great. But in practice, when your kid asks questions you’re not
ready to answer, sometimes it’s in a parent’s best interest to avoid the truth.
In fact, sometimes it benefits our kids to tell little white
lies. Like, when they ask a question with an answer that'll hurt someone's feelings. Or when
they want to know something they just don’t need to know.
The truth is, we moms and dads just don’t need to admit
every honest thing to our children. It’s for the good of the family,
right? Here are 10 things moms don’t admit to our kids. That’s different than lying, right? Right!
Sorry, kiddos, but most of
your artwork looks like a Rorschach test. Plus, there’s just so much of it. I
save the things that mean something to you, or to me, and toss the rest. So,
yeah, I throw out your artwork.
2. I listen to about 30 percent
of your stories.
Make that 20 percent. Sorry, but they’re really, really long.
3. Sorry, kids, but every
mom does have a favorite child.
Whichever child is behaving the best is my favorite, but you better believe
there’s a favorite.
4. No, you weren’t the
best one in the class talent show.
can think you did a great job and also be incredibly proud of you and still know
that you weren’t the best or most talented in the show. Someday, you’ll have kids and tell them they
were the best, too.
5. Your joke wasn’t
Jokes usually have punchlines, unless those jokes are told by
kids, and then they usually don’t. It’s OK, kids. You don’t really need to
6. Your Halloween candy
didn’t get lost or go stale—I ate it.
What? It’s a public service to our
children so they don’t ruin their teeth.