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10 Biggest Lies We Tell Our Kids

By Stefanie Wilder Taylor |

Lying is wrong. But you knew that.  If our kids tell a lie, we tend to get all insane about it, look it up on Baby Center to see if it’s a normal phase of development or if we’re dealing with a budding sociopath. And yet the truth of the matter is that we lie to our kids all the time!

I’m not saying we shouldn’t lie to our children because some of our lies are necessary. How about telling our kids it’s later than it really is to help them adjust to Daylight Savings Time? Or that sugar bugs are going to eat their teeth if they don’t brush?

We’re just looking out for them! Of course we also lie to save their feelings, save our asses and often, just to save our sanity. Here then, are what I think are the 10 Biggest Lies We Tell Our Kids:

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10 Biggest Lies We Tell Our Kids

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19 thoughts on “10 Biggest Lies We Tell Our Kids

  1. sheila walls says:

    Barbara Walters once said on “The View,” she told her daughter we don’t buy the toys we see on tv commercials. I like that lie so I’ve used it w my kids more than once.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I always tell my kids that we can’t buy the toys at Wal-Mart/Target/Toys R Us because if we always buy toys when we are at those place then there won’t be anymore toys there next time we go there. (I tell them they can play with the toys every time we go to those places and we do 99% of the time. We just can’t buy)

  3. Giselle says:

    How about the “maybe/ we’ll see,” meaning “absolutely not but I can’t deal with your whining about it right now”?

  4. Erin@MommyontheSpot says:

    I used to tell my kids that the ice cream truck actually was the music truck and that it went around playing music all day. Nice, right?

    I also love the I’ll Be Right There. So true!

  5. Anoosh says:

    Um, it’s the 21st century, I think it’s time to tell our kids that sex is something that happens with two PEOPLE, not necessarily a man and a woman, and that sex is not just intercourse. That there can be more than two is something I’ll let the kids figure out for themselves after they’re out of my house.

  6. Jen says:

    Someone told my daughter what the ice cream truck really is. Not Cool. However she still belives me when I tell her that she cant have the toys at the store because they arnt ours.

  7. cathy says:

    I think that is the dumdest things, dont lie to your kids tell them the truth, no u cant buy a toy u have enough. Yea they might get mad ,but they will get over it. You are preparing them for life, let them learn everything is not about them.

  8. Susan says:

    The worst lie is that there IS a Santa Claus. I wish I had never started in on that lie…now I tell bigger and bigger lies to keep Santa Claus alive. My kids are 8 and 11 and I have lied so well that they think all of their classmates are lying when they say there is no such thing as Santa Claus. I was hoping to “kill off” Santa this year but to no avail. Help for 2013!

  9. Alley says:

    lmao… I’m adding “tie game” to my bank of lies. My daughter is a little Aries, so I’d like to keep her temper at a minimum. She cracks me up because she’ll ask for something and I’ll say, “Do you have the money for that?” and she replies, “No, but you do!”

    Not always, babydoll. lol

  10. Summer says:

    im 10 yrs old. and i hate it wen i say 2 my mom “thts not fair!” and she replies “life isnt fair”. wow. i always think to myself “as an adult she has the power to help make it fair” i just don’t get y adults think they r all tht just cuz they were born b4 us. maybe adults r just jealous of how cute we r, always complaining bout there wrinkles :P child abuse? LIFE ISNT FAIR HONEY

  11. Summer says:

    i’m 10 yrs old. and i hate it wen i say 2 my mom “thts not fair!” and she replies “life isnt fair”. wow. i always think to myself “as an adult she has the power to help make it fair” i just don’t get y adults think they r all tht just cuz they were born b4 us. maybe adults r just jealous of how cute we r, always complaining bout there wrinkles :P child abuse? LIFE ISNT FAIR HONEY

  12. Nicki says:

    Golly gee, someone sounds a little too big for her Skechers. Either that, or this little 10-year-old is really a silly adult (Being awake at 4:06 am AND on a parenting site? I call shenanigans) and just wants to troll this thread. Sweetie, if you really are 10 years old, your curfew is definitely not 5:00 am. Try getting some sleep and life won’t seem so unfair anymore. :-D

  13. Robin Gonzales says:

    OK I have used all ten lies and more of these lies but the one about no money..Well my daughter would just tell me to go to the money machine and get more (ATM) .. AND when my children would ask if there was a Santa Claus I would answer there is if you Believe.. My children are 22+ and 19, and when any one younger ask they always say there is a “Santa if you Believe” no lie just an answer to resolve the question at the moment. Besides my kids know better then to mess with Santa (AkA their MOM)

  14. Lani says:

    Wow ur cool…..arguing with a ten year old
    real mature
    anyway…the only lie i tell my kids is the tie lie :)
    i just cant bear it when my kids throw tantrums

  15. Stephanie says:

    When my kids were small and had all the annoying loud toys that the grandparents thought were HILARIOUS to buy, I would let them play with them nonstop until the batteries wore out. They would bring it to me and tell me “it needs new batrees.” I would tell them, “let’s see what size it takes… B’s? Let’s see if we have any B batteries in the battery draw. Nope, guess we’ll have to get some at the store next time we go.” That toy would go in the closet and it would be out of site out of mind. (I never did this with Favorite toys!)

  16. chris says:

    It’s not good to tell lies at all. So, don’t even tell parents that, they should lie some time.

  17. willynilly says:

    How did Santa and the Tooth Fairy not make the list?

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