"Really, Mom?!"We lie to our teens for the same reason we lie to our toddlers: Tantrum prevention. Both teens and toddlers are equally insistent upon getting their way, and if there's a chance they won't -- look out! Unfortunately, both toddlers and teens lack the same basic understanding of how the world works, just on different levels: A toddler doesn't understand why he can't fly like Superman if he's wearing a cape; a teen doesn't understand why she can't skip school if she has a big giant pimple on the end of her nose.
So to save our time, sanity, and money -- we parents tell lies. Occasionally. Especially these lies ...
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Of course. That's, um, what we did. In my day.