Do You Lie to Your Children?
March 29, 2011
Every morning, as soon as we are getting ready to walk out of the door my daughter always asks, ” Where are we going?” I always say, “To the babysitter’s house,” to which she responds, “Why?” I then reply, “Because we need money,” and again she asks “Why?” By this point, I’m normally running late and in a rush to get going, so I finally say “So I can buy you a Dora kitchen. You want that Dora kitchen I showed you, right?” (Ed note: That’s the sweet Dora kitchen above). Of course, she says yes, the discussion is over and we’re on our way.
I’ve been doing this whole routine with the exact same promise of a Dora kitchen for about a month now. I haven’t really thought twice about it, but for some reason I was overcome with guilt on our bus ride this morning. Considering the size of my apartment, the only way I could get her that kitchen is if I got rid of all the toys she already owns. So no, I probably won’t be buying her that kitchen and I’m starting to feel awful for saying that I would.
Now I know she’s only 2 and in the grand perspective of things she probably won’t even remember this, but she is still a person. And lying is wrong. I teach her the importance of telling the truth, but every morning I lie to her. I try to justify it to myself that it’s really a harmless little fib, but I’m wondering: do you tell little white lies to your children? If so, what have you lied about? Share your thoughts of fibbing to the kids in the comments.
Sign up for our newsletter to get even more finds delivered right to your inbox.
Click here to email Jeanine, the author of this post