Liar liar! Pants on fire!

28 Apr

Two of the qualities you want to instill in your kids is truthfulness and honesty.

When I was little my mum used to say whenever you told a lie you would get a little pimple on your tongue.  Every time I got one usually coincided with a lie I had told!

Mum was right!

If we do not want our kids to lie why do we lie to them?

The top 3 are Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny!

It is a fun kind of lying I guess and the fantasy has kids faces light up with the expectation of presents and excitement. So that is when it is OK to lie isn’t it?

Or what about the parents of fussy eaters who tell their children every meat they eat is ‘chicken’ as they know the kids LOVE it!  If they called it its real name ‘bacon’ the kids would turn their noses up like they were offered a huge plate of brussel sprouts!

How about the kid who is begging for “chippies” from McDonald’s and the parents saying that McDonald’s has closed down for a week.

‘If the wind changes your face will stay that way forever!’ I heard that a few times during my childhood too.

What lies do you tell your kids? Are these ‘white’ lies and therefore harmless fun? Or in some cases a little hypocritical?

Anyway, I want to wean Miss Z off her dummy today,  and it looks like the cat has eaten them all and the shops no longer sell dummies. 😦

Oh…..I think I feel a pimple coming on.

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One Response to “Liar liar! Pants on fire!”

  1. Melissa Wrightson April 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    On a serious note, I have found myself telling my son that “mummy just needs to … and THEN we’ll go and read that book/ play on the swing/ ride the truck”, and then I get caught up and I don’t follow through with my promises.
    I don’t want to be one of those mums but it can be a little difficult.
    Good luck with the dummy weaning!

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