I have an acquaintenance who is never hesitant to tell anyone that her preschooler will never hear about Santa or the Tooth Fairy because lying to kids about anything is wrong, wrong, wrong. I not only plan to stretch Santa out as long as I can, I find that I lie to Mason allll the time about things.
Just a few of the “lies” I tell him:
- “Sorry bud, the TV is broken right now”
- “Okay, no more running the water in the tub. We don’t want to run out of water because then Daddy will have none!”
- “It’s too cold/too dark to play outside right now”
- “Try x food, you’ll love it!”
- “Mommy just LOOOVES her collard greens…” (SuperDad forced me into telling that whopper)
- “Sorry buddy, that park is closed right now. Maybe it will be open tomorrow!”
- “If you don’t listen to Mommy, you can’t go to Grandma’s today!” (Umm, a non-listening toddler is a ONE WAY TICKET to Grandma’s if you ask me!)
- “The Gabba’s went ni-night, we can see them again tomorrow. They’re sleeping now”
- “This ice cream is for adults only. You can have some when you’re bigger.”
- “Your (stuffed) puppy is going to be SO SAD if you don’t lay down and sleep with him soon. He’s sooo tired”
So what about you guys? Do you lie to your kids or do you have a 100% honesty allll the time policy?