Who knew that a mom could get away with so much when her child is age 2-5? Old enough to comprehend and process most of what you tell them, yet young enough that they cannot investigate it further. Prime example – TV. When your little one asks for another episode of your least favorite children’s program, Dora The Explorer, it’s easy to pull up the menu screen and tell them it’s not on, when we all know it’s on ALL the time. Or the moment a show cuts to a commercial and you tell them that this means the show is over (although, they may have already caught on to the fact that if they don’t see the end credits, the show is NOT yet over).
And then there is book reading. I know I can’t be the only one who’s guilty of shortening the stories just a tad. When you are just too exhausted to even speak or maybe this particular book already annoys you (seriously, how many princess books can you read before going crazy?!), so you read only the first sentence of each page or better yet, make up your own story. Hey, you’re still making time to read to your kiddo, and that’s the important part, right?
We are all too familiar with the “sorry, cookies are all gone” or “don’t eat (insert any item), it will make you sick!” phrases. And thankfully, we can almost always get away with these little fibs. But not for long. Kids are smart, curious and determined. It’s only a matter of time before they are on to us and can debunk all of our little white lies. When they learn to read, especially…that is where most of the embellishments start to wear off and we are left with only reason and whatever scare tactics we can muster up.
So, no need to feel guilty about lying to your little one. It is all part of parenthood and we should relish this time while it lasts.
What do you lie about? We’d love to hear from you!
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