‘Little White Lies’ To The Kids


Most parents tell lies to their children as a tactic to change their behavior. A new study suggests that the most frequent example was parents threatening to leave children alone in public unless they behaved. You know, pretending to a child that they were going to walk away and leave the child to his or her tantrum. Or maybe out of frustration, say what my Dad would¬† on a long car trip with 6 squirmy kids, fighting in the backseat” “If ya’ll don’t settle down, I will stop this car and you will all get out and WALK home!”¬† False promises ‘if you behave’ are not uncommon either! Are you guilty of telling your kids ‘little white lies?’

Another lie that is common, is the false promise to buy a requested toy at some indefinite time in the future in order to get your kid to behave. I for one, am guilty of that. I wish I could say that I never lied to my daughter, but that would be yet another lie.

The worst thing about this is that I hate liars! And I always told my daughter that it was far better to fess up to a wrong, that lie about it and feel twice as bad. But in my mind, at the time of a temper tantrum or bad behavior when she was little, I was guilty of telling her ‘little white lies’ to get her to behave. BAD mama!

Is it ever OK to tell a lie to your kids? When? Which ones?

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