Before the kiddos were born I always swore I’d answer all their questions truthfully and never lie to them. Of course then they were born and all that went out the window.
There are some times when it’s far easier to tell your children a little white lie than explain, truthfully, why they have to stay quiet in the doctors surgery waiting room, or why I am not going to give them a pound to ride the Peppa Pig car outside of Tescos again.
- ‘That ride is broken’ / ‘I don’t have any money for that ride’ – every parent does this one surely? I don’t know a kiddo who can walk past one of those evil rides outside supermarkets without asking for money for a go.
- ‘Peshwari naan is actually an Indian breakfast bread’ – As a student I used to buy an extra peshwari naan bread when I had a takeaway to have for brekkie the next day. Now that’s a habit I don’t want to break so I’ve had to get imaginative to explain my choice of breakfast and let them know why they then can’t have leftovers for breakfast themselves!
- ‘You need to start listening or we will leave (your friend’s) house’ – Never going to happen. I will use the naughty mat, and remove privileges but I won’t really cut short time with my friend just because you are being a pain in the neck.
- ‘We have to leave, they’re about to close the store’ – I love looking round toy shops as much as the next person but there is a limit to my patience and eventually I will pull out this lie, just so we can get back outside without too many upsets and arguments.
- ‘Shhh, you’ll wake the baby’ – For those times in waiting rooms and appointments when they’re refusing to keep quiet. This works perfectly because my two love babies and they’d hate to upset one.
- ‘I must have put that in the recycling by mistake’ – Annie draws and writes a lot and I can’t keep it all so sometimes, when she’s not looking, I recycle some of it. I take photos of most of it but I simply don’t have room for the reams of paper she gets through a month. I used to feel really guilty about this, but nowadays I just feel guilty when she catches me doing it!!
- ‘It’s sausage’ – Ez can be really picky about some food so sometimes I will tell him that what he’s about to try is a food he likes in a different form, like roast pork actually being yummy sausage.
I’m sure there are more but these are the most commonly used fibs in our house.
What lies have you told your offspring?