Whether you like to think of yourself as a completely honest parent, or you go all out with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, I think we all can agree we have told a few LITTLE WHITE LIES to our kids a time or two.
Sometimes lies are just part of the parenting process.
It’s not that we mean to lie to our kids it’s just that if we always told the truth, they’d never forgive us. So, really – we just can’t win.
If you think you’re alone in your little white lies – you’re not. Not lying is just one of those rules that APPLY TO THE KID and not the parent. Like staying up late, eating ice cream before bed and watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Here are some lies all parents tell their kids
1. “I know, I’m sad that it is bedtime too.”
In reality, I’m singing Hallelujah choruses in my head.
2. “You are the cutest kid in the whole world!”
We all say this to our kids, it cannot be true in every case, there can only be one that is THE cutest. (And it’s both of my kids.)
3. “Maybe we will do that (fill in blank of random thing they are asking to do) next week.”
They have no idea when next week is and will most likely have forgotten by then.
4. “We were just wrestling.”
I’ll leave that one to your own interpretation.
5. “Yes, that is a space ship in the sky!”
My son thinks jets are spaceships, I let him have this one because why not?
6. “Ok, just a minute.”
Most of the time I actually mean this one when I say it, but then I forget. They always remind me though!
7. “Yeah, that’s awesome!”
This is my response to a lot of things, usually because I can’t understand what they are talking about or because I cannot figure out what that drawing is supposed to be of.
8. “It isn’t morning yet, because the sun isn’t awake.”
This is the winter lie.
9. “It isn’t morning yet, the sun accidentally woke up too early, he is going to go back to sleep now too.”
This is the Summer lie.
10. “That food is really yummy, it’s what sharks eat!”
What sharks eat? Why does that make it more appealing?
11. “Oh no, all the (insert holiday here) candy melted, want some grapes? You love grapes!”
We definitely ate it all and I feel kinda bad about it, but they really do love grapes.
12. “If you eat all your veggies you will grow strong like the Hulk!”
It isn’t going to take them long before they realize that this isn’t true.
13. “Of course Mama always eats all of her veggies!
Pfft! No, I don’t.
14. “All the electronics are dead right now and have to be charged.”
This one always bites me in the butt because now I can’t use the electronics.
15. “You can be anything you want to be!”
All the money, power or fame in the world and my kid still couldn’t be Captain America (there can only be one Steve Rogers).
16. “We should always tell the truth, it is really bad to lie.”
Hmm…is this one a lie? Or am I just really bad? I guess the kids and I will have a nice philosophical discussion about this when they are older.
Parenting doesn’t come with a manual.
Sometimes these lies are said in moments of complete desperation and SLEEPLESNESS, other times, they just seem like the right “parent” thing to say, and most of the time we just don’t know what else to do.
My parents weren’t always completely honest with me when I was a kid, it didn’t make me dishonest (you know, except in my PARENTING) and it didn’t cause me to grow up wondering how much of what they taught me was true (except for saying it’s against the law to have the dome light on inside your car when it’s moving, I am skeptical about that one).
So, if you have told your kid(s) some of these lies, don’t feel too bad;
every parent lies to their kids at some point.
If someone tries to tell you differently, they are lying.
This post originally appeared on Stay Home Mama