Don’t look at me like I’m crazy … you know you are guilty of telling your children lies on a daily basis. Whether it’s a little white lie, “Mommy can’t get you a snack right now because she is busy” or a big fat lie, “There is a monster in that toilet and he will bite you if you stick your hand in there one more time,” – we all do it. We lie to our children to get by.
1. “You’re okay!” – Whenever she falls down and bumps her head, I always tell her she’s okay… even if she’s not. Teaching first grade has taught me that when you act shocked or upset about a child being injured, their reaction is even worse that what it would be had you been calm.
2. They ARE real. Fairies, elves, sprites, Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Elf on a Shelf. I will keep up the charade that all these fantasy creatures exist until my kids are in college, or maybe until I die. My mom still acts like Santa is real and I am 29…
3. Sleep helps you grow. I remember my Mom and Dad always telling me this… like it would keep me in bed longer. Who cares about growing?
4. If you don’t brush your teeth, they will fall out. Another lie my parents told me and another lie I believed! To this day I cannot fall asleep if I haven’t brushed my teeth for fear that I will wake up toothless.
5. What an amazing dancer/singer/artist you are! No matter how terrible my children are at something, I will never let them know. Their Mother is the world’s worst singer and I will sing for them like I am Alicia Keys and tell them they sound just like her too.
6. “I’m not mad.” The day is going to come where Annabelle accidentally destroys something precious or expensive in our home. I will be SO MAD, but because it wasn’t done on purpose (hopefully), I will smile and tell her, “It’s okay, it was an accident.” And then I will need a big glass of wine to get over it.
7. “If you lie, your nose will grow like Pinocchio’s nose.” This is kind of mean.. but I don’t tolerate lies (unless I am telling them to my kids hah).
8. ” I have eyes in the back of my head.” Teachers like to use this with the little kids too. They totally buy into it.
9. If you aren’t good, you will be on Santa’s naughty list and receive nothing but coal and reindeer poop for Christmas. My children will never receiving coal or reindeer poop in their stocking… but I will tell them this every year.
10. … I am sure there will be more than 10 so I am leaving this one blank.
We all say that we never want to lie to our children, but sometimes little white lies must be said!
What kinds of “lies” have your parents told you or YOU told your children?