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8 Little White Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

No harm in a little white lie, right?  Not only do toddlers lie to their parents on a regular basis, but we parents are guilty of our own fair share of fibbing.

Sometimes we are trying to get our kids to do something that’s good for them, and sometimes we are trying to get them to stop doing something we don’t want them to do, but no matter what, we always have their best interest at heart. Don’t we?

Most of these are lines we probably all heard from our parents, the question is, are we going to pass them along to our own kiddos?

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  • Eating your vegetables will help you grow big and strong. 1 of 8
    Eating your vegetables will help you grow big and strong.
    Of course, eating vegetables is good for kids, and will help them to be healthy, that's why we want them to do it.
    Truth: How big and strong you grow up to be is much more determined by your genetics than by the vegetables you eat.
  • If you keep making that face, your face is going to get stuck that way! 2 of 8
    If you keep making that face, your face is going to get stuck that way!
    Tired of our kids making obnoxious faces we scare them into stopping by getting them to believe their face will freeze it that exact position.
    Truth: No it won't, and most kids will figure that out pretty quickly.
  • The toy (game, TV, etc.) is broken. 3 of 8
    The toy (game, TV, etc.) is broken.
    Your toddler wants to play with something and you are not in the mood.
    Truth: Mommy doesn't feel like playing with your right now, so go find something else to do.
  • If you swallow gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years! 4 of 8
    If you swallow gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years!
    Our kids want to chew gum, but we don't want them to swallow it and choke on it.
    Truth: Your body will break down gum and pass it just like any other food. And our kids probably shouldn't be chewing gum anyway, it's really not good for them.
  • Don’t go outside when it’s cold out, or you’ll catch a cold. 5 of 8
    Don't go outside when it's cold out, or you'll catch a cold.
    I don't know if parents believe that going outside when it's cold out will really make you sick, or if they just don't want to go out in the freezing cold and pull their tot around in their sled.
    Truth: Fresh air is good for you, epsecially in the winter time when we're stuck indoors most of the time.
  • If you swallow the watermelon seeds, a watermelon will grow in your tummy. 6 of 8
    If you swallow the watermelon seeds, a watermelon will grow in your tummy.
    I'm not completely sure of the purpose of this one, maybe to just discourage kids, who might think it's fun, from swallowing seeds.
    Truth: Plants need sun, soil and water to grow and two of three aren't available inside your stomach.
  • You’ll poke someone’s eye out! 7 of 8
    You'll poke someone's eye out!
    Kids love to play rough, and mothers worry, so we try to get them to be careful any way we can.
    Truth: Although kids can definitely hurt each other when rough housing, an eyeball won't pop out of it's socket and roll across the floor!
  • If you don’t…, I’m going to…! 8 of 8
    If you don't..., I'm going to...!
    Trying to get our stubborn toddlers to comply sometimes leads us to desparation and we blurt out consequences that are so far fetched we could never actually follow through with them.
    Truth: This one ends up backfiring because all it does is teach our kids that we don't mean what we say.

And maybe that’s the lesson of all of these lies, if our kids learn that we are telling them things that aren’t true it can break down their trust in us.  I think I’m going to try to pass on telling these little white lies to my kids, and stick to telling them the truth instead.

What do think about lying to kids for their benefit?

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