10 Big, Fat Lies We All Tell Our Kids

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pinnochioMy entire life is a lie. Well, that's not completely true. See, I just lied. It's probably because ever since childhood, we adults have been lied to our entire lives.

Okay, so I still refuse to believe that Pluto is not a planet. George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. And the Civil War wasn't a war to free the slaves. Whether in school or at home, kids are just told certain things to make learning easier. Maybe they're not the most blatant lies, but more a stretching of the truth. Regardless, a white lie is a lie.

So why do we lie to our kids? And don't tell me you don't. Everyone has lied to their kids at some point. Maybe we do it because their minds aren't developed enough to understand the full concept of some things. Or maybe we do it because it's just easier that way.

Since the average U.S. adult lies roughly 29 percent of the time (See, I just made that up. I lied. Again. It's so easy!), we're doing our kids a favor by lying to them. We're inadvertently teaching them that lying is a part of life, and the sooner they can accept it, the better.

Here's a look at 10 Big Fat Lies We All Tell Our Kids.

  1. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game. Yeah, right. So why do we even keep score? No baseball player's getting a 10-year contract valued at $280 million for just playing a good game.
  2. Fictional characters. Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny. The Tooth Fairy. We make up these elaborate stories about mythical characters because ... well, it's just too darn easy to fool the little buggers.
  3. This will hurt me more than it'll hurt you. Yeah, the kids aren't buying this one either.
  4. Work hard in life and you'll get far. Sure, if by "work hard," you mean walking. That's about the only way you'll get anywhere. The older you get, the more you realize how true it is that it's not what you know, it's who you know.
  5. Stop touching that or your palms will get hairy. No, really? Parents don't STILL say that, do they?
  6. We sent Fluffy upstate to run around a huge farm. Dog, cat, fish, whatever. Whenever a family pet dies, nobody wants to tell the kids. So they're always sent off to some huge farm far away. That must be one ginormous farm if everyone's pet is there!
  7. It's what's on the inside that matters. That's what we apparently tell all the ugly kids.
  8. There's nothing to be scared about. Have you seen what college tuition is going to cost when your kids are old enough?!?
  9. Mommy and daddy were just wrestling. But how come on TV, the athletes all wrestle with their clothes on?
  10. Cheaters never win. Unless you're Lance Armstrong ... for a little while, at least.

What lies do you tell your kids?


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Virid... ViridianSoul

I never told my DS any of these things. We expect the truth from him, always, so therefore we set the proper example and tell him the truth.

We're especially in agreement with not telling children about fictional characters. Instead, he learned the truth about specific holidays, and I don't think it's ruined his holiday experience whatsoever. A lot of people have said that these sort of little white lies don't do anything to children, but we have a different view of it. It lets our child know that little lies, if it's fun, are okay. And that's not okay with us.

I don't have a problem with other people telling their children what they want, and I never get up on my soapbox over it, but I get a LOT of grief from others for choosing to not lie to my child, saying it's just in good fun, or part of the magical holiday experience, or whatever the excuse is.

Go figure.

nonmember avatar Rad

I can't believe #7 refers to "ugly kids." Really????? What's an ugly kid???

amazz... amazzonia

And the who says that Santa doesn't exist? Maybe you don't get presents from him, but not because he doesn't exist but because there are very very few good kids these days 

Ellen Young

It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game.  

I do teach my child this.  I don't want him to be a cry baby, because he or his team lost.  I want him to learn that you have fun playing regardless if you win or lose.  It  kind of sounds like the sore losers of this past election.  Now they need to pack up their barbies and go home.  


Stacy Sewell Birkemeier

Tooth fairy* not bunny  and they*  for when they get older. Sorry for the typos, but you understood what I was trying to say hopefully!

Rachelle Rinn Shurtliff

We actually don't lie to our kids.  They know that the tooth fairy is pretend and we don't make a big deal out of Santa or the Easter bunny.  They like to watch movies and read books with Santa but they know that he is fictional.  We DO however make a very big deal about keeping that knowledge to themselves.  We have explained that it is not funny to ruin it for other kids who do believe in Santa.  The last thing I wanted was for my know it all 6 year old to blurt out that Santa wasn't real and have all the other moms hate me. lol

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