7 Lies We Tell Our Toddlers (You Know It's True!)

girl shockedYou mean the noodles AREN'T magic?

Lying is bad. I think we can all agree on that, right? Lying is not a good thing, and lying to your kids is a particularly not-good thing. Except the truth is (ha!), sometimes kids give you no choice! I mean, it's not like you can reason with the willful little things. We all do it to some degree or another -- I even knew one sleep-deprived dad who told his little boy that monsters would eat himif he got out of bed in the middle of the night.

Granted, that's a bit extreme and the poor kid probably has deep emotional scars, but honestly (ha!)? If you've ever uttered the words "Santa Claus is watching" to your child, you really can't judge. So don't bother denying your deceptive ways -- laugh at them instead.

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  • "No, those aren't carrots!"


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    "They're, um, orange potatoes. Try some, you LOVE potatoes!"

  • "Oh well, guess it needs new batteries!"


    Translation: If Mommy hears "the cow says mooooo" one more time, she's gonna throw that toy out the window.

  • "Sorry sweetie, 'Thomas the Tank Engine' isn't on TV right now."


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    Thank god he hasn't figured out OnDemand yet.

  • "Uh-oh, better clean up your toys before little gnomes come and steal them!"


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    Gnomes, monsters, dinosaurs, trolls -- whatever works.

  • "If you don't brush your teeth, they'll all fall out of your head and you won't be able to chew!"


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    Look, this is kind of true. Besides, pediatric dentists are expensive. It's okay to scare some good dental hygiene into your kids.

  • "Yes, Santa makes everything in his workshop. Even that truck you saw at Wal-Mart."


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    Because at some point they put 2 and 2 together. Trust me.

  • "You're drinking coffee just like Mommy!"


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    Translation: I would sooner stick a fork in my eye than serve you a caffeinated beverage.


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