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White Lies We Tell Our Toddlers

By Danielle |

We all do it.

Those little white lies you tell your toddler as a parent. Our parents did it to us, their parents did it to them — it is just a part of parenting, right? I mean, as long as those little white lies don’t hurt anyone, what is the big deal? Right?

It is survival of the fittest … especially during the toddler years. Even more so if you have more than one toddler in your house!

Last week when we were swimming at my mother’s house, we had been in the pool about four times already and I was officially pooled-out! I didn’t want to go in again at all, but of course they were all ready to jump back in the minute they were done eating their lunch.

That is when my mom-instinct kicked in and I used one of those lines my mother always fed me we were a kid. “Boys, you can’t go in the pool for ninety minutes! You just ate!” Ninety minutes was a bit of an exaggeration for sure, but it did the trick and they settled for the kiddie pool and sprinkler. I successfully dodged turning into a prune again.

It got me thinking about all of the little white lies we tell in a day to keep our sanity. “McDonald’s isn’t open” or “The donut shop is all sold out of donuts”.

The readers submitted some great excuses and lies they use on a daily basis! If you have any hysterical ones you use with your kids, comment below with them!


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Surviving Parenthood One White Lie at a Time

No Swimming After Lunch!

It may or may not be an old wives tale, but I have done my best to embellish the no swimming after eating lie. The past couple weeks the time limit has gone from a half hour to ninety minutes. I am just all pooled out!
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