We teach our kids about being good people. No stealing, no saying “potty” words, no pushing, hitting or lying. So as parents we’ve stopped a lot of our own bad behavior to set a good example, right? Maybe you don’t drop the f-bomb or cuss quite as much. But.. what about lying?
I got to thinking about all the lying I do to my kids. Embarrassingly, it didn’t take long to come up with a list. Don’t judge.
Lies I have told my kids:
“That store is closed right now.”
“The police officer is going to arrest me if you don’t put on the seatbelt.”
“They are out of that (insert food item) right now.”
“Chuck E Cheese is only open on your birthday.”
“Sure, you can watch that TV show later.”
“Santa is real.” (although we don’t push santa… it happens)
“Santa called earlier and said he was too full on cookies.” (When we forgot to leave out cookies and milk)
“Only 5 more minutes!”
“I’ll check on you in 10 minutes and lay down with you even if you are asleep.”
“Sure, we will get that next time.”
“The park (pool) is closed right now.”
“Yes, those green beans will make your hair long like a princess.”
“That squirrel is just taking a nap… on the side of the road….”
“I’m going to review that camera (I point to the corner of whatever room I’m in) and see what really happened!!” (a confession always follows)
“I don’t know where all of those toys went? We will look for them later.”(after a big Goodwill run)
“I’m going to THROW THAT TOY OUT OF THE WINDOW IF YOU DON’T STOP FIGHTING ABOUT IT!” I feel bad about this one. I have actually said that, and actually envisioned myself throwing said toy/item out of the window.
“If you eat food in your room mice will come snuggle with you when you sleep.” (This could actually be true)
“Your teeth will fall out if you keep eating that.” (also possibly true)
“No really, Chick-fila is closed on Sunday.” Ha. This one is actually true but my kids accuse me of lying when I tell them. Maybe they are on to me?!
So, I’ve confessed. Should I quit my lying ways? Do you have any to add to the list?
Making the most out of life,