Mom Confessions: I Throw Away Their Toys and Lie About It


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It's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I threw away some toys because they were broken and bugging me...when the kids asked where they were, I said, "I don't know. Maybe Dad threw them away because they were in the middle of the floor." GoneNutty


Have you ever lied to your kids when it comes to throwing away their toys?

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We all have secrets -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgmental!

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DreaK... DreaKevAiyana

My DD knows if she purposely breaks something, we're not fixing it for her, we will give it away instead (or have to throw it away if it's not fixable), although she's only purposely broken a toy maybe 2 or 3 times.  She has helped me many times before to go through her toys so we can give any unwanted toys to a child who could use them, we actually just gave away her big kitchen to a family friend because his son (who's just a few months younger than her) doesn't have much for Christmas, so that was very helpful to the single dad, and I know the little boy will love it, and my DD loves giving things away anyway:)

ricki... rickitikitavi

i have lied a few times,but usually will tell them its broken and to throw it away.recently went through their toys and got rid of a bunch!!!!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Absolutely not.  Those are my son's possessions.  He deserves the truth about where HIS things have gone.  What example does that set?

BaisMom BaisMom

No. Why lie about it? It was broken, you don't need it, I threw it away. What's the harm in telling them the truth?

trelimon trelimon

lying implies a feeling of guilt. i have nothing to be guilty about. i am the mom and i am doing what is best for my child. having broken toys that pose a threat of harming my child or somebody else is more of a problem to me.

Reyam... Reyamydawson

I throw my son's toys away all the time if they are broken, but I definitely TELL him first!!! and I would NEVER blame it on my HUSBAND! I don't want my kids resenting my husband because they think he throws away his toys! especially if I'm the one throwing them away. I think parent should teach their kids honesty and open truthfulness more often, but parents lie to their kids a lot, I guess that's why there are so many liars in this world!

twinc... twinclubmom

I don't lie about it. If something is broken beyond repair I toss it and if they ask for it, I tell them it couldn't be fixed and it had to be thrown out. Notice I say "it had to be thrown out". By taking the "I" out of it, the situation remains neutral and they don't get too upset.

I've also given toys away that they've outgrown. If they ask about one of those toys, I say "the toys have been donated to kids who don't have toys".

luvbe... luvbeinamommy68

nope have not lied to my kids about throwing away their toys cause they are to little to know. my DS is 3 and my DD is 1 1/2. i did give away some of their toys to my neice though before my sister and her moved cause she didnt have much. but when the day comes for them to understand then i will have him throw away the broken toys or have him pick out toys and put them in the donation bag.

steph... stephfrantz

My 4 year old and my 2 year old both help me gather up the unwanted toys about every 6 months and we give them away or throw the broken ones out. They do great with helping and don't seem to mind at all. Why lie to them? If you tell them you don't know where they are you would think they would try and find it and just be confused to where their stuff went.

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