As parents we raise our children to be honest and tell the truth. We also raise them to understand that mummy & daddy know best – we wouldn’t dream of lying to our children and being dishonest ourselves, would we?
Well, sometimes it’s necessary to tell a teeny little white lie to save your sanity, get a moment’s peace or just stop them asking the same flippin’ questions for 5 minutes!
Here’s 10 lies parents tell their kids – how many have you used?
There’s no biscuits left
We’ve all done it when they’ve had enough biscuits or chocolate, or you just don’t want to share.
I’ll take your birthday/christmas presents back
Even though we’d never do it, I’m sure a few of us have used this scare tactic one when our child is being a pain in the bum.
“When is it my birthday?” – “Soon”
“When will we be there?” – “Soon”
“When is Daddy going to be home from work?” – “Soon”
I don’t feel bad at all about this lie, kids have no concept of time anyway.
Peppa Pig isn’t on today
There’s only so many episodes of the same tv show that a parent can handle. When I get to the point that I’ll scream if I have to listen to another minute of that pig I have been known to fib and say it’s not on any more.
It’s bed time
I’ll admit that after a long day I’ve said it’s bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier than it actually is. Unfortunately at 5 year sold, my daughter now knows exactly what 7 o’clock looks like so I can’t use this lie anymore!
I’ll think about it
When you’ve had enough of constant questions and requests, “I’ll think about it if you stop asking” is sometimes all you can muster in the hope that they’ll just be quiet and forget about it.
Eat your carrots and you’ll be able to see in the dark
Parents have been using this gem for years to get their kids to eat their vegetables, it’s just part of parenting.
We’ve run out of batteries
This one is usually used by Christmas Day afternoon when you sick of hearing the same song over and over and over.
You won’t like it, it’s spicy
I use this one when I don’t want to share whatever it is I’m eating. I also use “it’s fizzy” if I don’t want her stealing my drink!
I’m going without you!
Whether it’s in the morning when your trying to get out of the door, or at the supermarket when they won’t leave the toy aisle, this little lie always gets them moving. How old are they when this isn’t a threat anymore?
What other little lies do you tell your children?
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