There have been many posts recently about lying. Some parents claim to NEVER lie to their kids. They say a lie is a lie. I say if a lie is a lie, then there is no way no one ever lies to their kids. I believe there are many types of lies and not all are bad. So, have you lied recently to your kids and what have those lies been?
Sure...all the time. As in telling him about Santa, encouraging him to believe in magic and fairy tales....other things like the Easter bunny. Are these lies? Yes, in the truest sense they are lies. But I also see them as allowing him to build on his imagination and anticipation of wondrous things to come. Don't let us leave out the Tooth Fairy. I lie and say there are no monsters or bad things out there to hurt us. Well, there are. Some people are monsters and do hurt children. For now, at three, his world needs to be safe and secure. So to answer the question: I do lie. I also lied and said I lost the whistle his grandma gave him. This was to save my ears. Any parent who says they NEVER lie is not being very truthful. We all do to some degree. It is really about knowing if this "lie" is damaging or not to your child.
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