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12 Moms Reveal The First Time They Actually Lied To Their Kids

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As much as I want to be honest and open with my kid, there are times when a little fib is just necessary. Thankfully, I'm not alone when I tell a little white lie. In fact, I asked 12 moms to reveal the first time they actually lied to their kids and realized there are more than a few motivations behind a parent being a less than truthful.

Sometimes us moms lie to our kids to keep them safe. For example, my son loves to play with his father's work tools and, obviously, that's not a good idea. So, to keep him away from harm without enduring a tantrum, I tell him his dad left his tools in the car or at work. Other times, parents lie to their kids to keep them healthy. You know, like when I say broccoli will give my son strong muscles. We lie to our kids to make them laugh, like when I tell my little one a dinosaur ate his snack or fairies were playing with his toys. And then, of course, there are the lies we tell our children to avoid a horrendous meltdown. Tantrums are the worst, so if you need to tell a small untruth to get your kid into their shoes and out the door, I say go right on ahead.

Whether you have lied to your child to simply inject a little magic and fantasy into their day, or because you needed five minutes of peace to yourself, know that you are not alone. In fact, I think most parents can remember the first time they lied to their kids. At least, these moms can:

Molly

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"[My son] was 3 years old and I told him that you were only allowed to trick or treat five houses maximum. It was a well-intentioned lie!"

Jane

"My daughter got obsessed with this really annoying kid's song, so I told her the CD player was broken because I couldn't stand it any longer."

Rayanne

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"We were on the way to the dentist. I am almost phobic about dentists, but when [my daughter] asked if going to the dentist was scary I said, 'No.' I didn't want to pass my fears onto her."

Sue

"I always sneak chocolate because I don't want to share my fancy European treats with my kids. If they catch me with a mouthful I lie and say it's vitamins."

Mary

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"The very first time I remember lying to my kid was when he was a toddler. [My son] was having a huge tantrum in the grocery store and I told him they were giving out free candy at the exit. You have never seen a kid snap out of a meltdown that quick before!"

Mia

"I am not sure if it was the first time, but I often told my children that vegetables gave them magic powers. It was just for fun."

Jo

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"I often say the neighbors have complained when my kids are too loud. Somehow strangers get them to behave better than if I complained!"

Shirley

"My kid asked if the shot at the doctors was going to hurt, I said, 'No.' I am not sure if it was the right thing to do or not."

Kace

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"Oh gosh, I lie all the time! Sometimes I say I am having a poop but really I am just in the bathroom checking my phone."

Lekeisha

"The first time I lied to my child was when I said my milk had run out. I was done with breastfeeding and this seemed like the easiest response."

Katie

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"My daughter is obsessed with fairies. I made a little fairy garden in our backyard and made it look like fairies had been there. I even put cake crumbs on the little table. It was magical, but a big fat lie!"

Amy

"My brother spent a short amount of time in jail. I told my kids he was on vacation. That was the first and last time I ever lied to them."