No one expects to enter parenthood and start lying up a storm. But sometimes, little white lies are necessary to help you protect your child’s health, reinforce discipline, or just get through the day with your sanity in check. Fortunately, you aren’t alone in your fibs. There are a few lies that all moms tell their kids. It’s in the kids’ best interest most of the time!
Sometimes the lies are imaginative: you make them believe that Santa will totally skip your house this year if they don’t stop whining. Sometimes they’re health-based, such as fibbing about being out of money when they beg for a soda. And sometimes they just happen so you can get your kid from Point A to Point B with as little difficulty as possible.
You can always come clean once the kids are older. And really, by the time they’re old enough to grasp the lies, your kids will probably understand your motivations (and — best case scenario — thank you for these sneaky parenting tactics!). Whoever said that honesty is the best policy probably wasn’t dealing with a wailing toddler. Read on to see the universal ways that moms bend the truth to make parenting a little less stressful.