Fellow Parents: I Lie to My Kids Every Day (Here's Why You Should, Too) by Kim Wadsworth
To keep my sanity, I lie to my kids. Every day. About everything. I work full time and then come home to two very active boys, ages 6 and 4. After dinner, dishes, homework, baths, packing lunches, breaking up fights, tickling backs and dodging Nerf bullets, I am ready for bed (at about 8!). My kids are constantly asking questions, whether they can eat something, go somewhere, do something, watch something or eat something again. So, to not lose my mind, I lie, and they believe me. Here are some common lies:
- You must be 6 to watch Scooby-Doo.
- When the ice cream truck plays music, they are all out of ice cream.
- Dave and Busters is closed because they need to clean the games.
- If you don’t brush your teeth, bugs will poop in your mouth.
- There is a man at all parks, malls, restaurants, etc., who will kick us out if you whine.
- That same man will ask you if you took a nap and if you didn’t, we can’t enter.
- The pizza place is out of pizza.
- McDonalds is closed on Mondays.
- Target is all out of toys.
- You must be at least 8 to get a dog.
My kids are happy and life is a little calmer. Be calm and lie on, mom and dads!