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: