Do You Lie to the Kids?

Sometimes I tell my kids, “If you don’t brush your teeth, you’ll grow a forest of mould in your mouth,”

I joke, I joke. I don’t have kids. But I do take the opportunity to tell other kids this. I used to tell my little brothers all sorts of stories. Once I convinced them, when they were both really little, that the dark blue tile dolphin on the floor of the swimming pool was real. I told them it had been cast away there by a horrible sorcerer, but at night it detaches itself and has a nice swim when nobody is around.

“Don’t step on it, okay? It feels everything.” I said solemnly.

My two little brothers, who were so cute back in the day, scoffed at the story, but I could tell they were spellbound. My youngest brother treaded water like mad when he was anywhere near the dolphin, while I nearly choked on my silent guffaws from the sidelines.

My mother has a friend who would tell us all sorts of silly things when we were younger, things that resonated with me as I grew up. Like she would say “if you swallow those watermelon seeds you’ll grow a watermelon tree in your tummy!”

I actively avoided watermelon seeds like the plague for years and years after that, even though I knew no such thing would happen, it was still a little likely right?

When my brother got the chicken pox she said, “You better watch out he doesn’t pop right into a chicken!”

I was terrified. I peeped into his room every morning to make sure the bundle under the covers wasn’t covered in feathers.Β Cluck cluck cluck.

You would’ve thought that these experiences would teach me not to lie to kids, but I can’t help myself, it’s so funny! Especially when they believe it and in some cases, it makes them behave and brush their teeth.

I think there is a line to be drawn, however, such as with the case of Santa Claus.

But that’s just my opinion. What about you, do you lie to kids?

14 thoughts on “Do You Lie to the Kids?

  1. I think parenting is all about choosing which lies to tell your kids πŸ˜‚ It’s not actually lying after all, right? It’s just a few fibs here and there to preserve your sanity!

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    • Lol! I would agree to that, actually. Well, I can’t speak for myself as I am not a parent, but from experiences and observations, that tends to be what the majority of people do! I only meant this post as a jest, of course πŸ˜›

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      • I am happy my parents taught me that illusion. Life is tough. Every December, I feel the joy and glow of the holiday season for all of the children living the same illusions I used to have. There is plenty of time for the hard and cruel realities later in life, I believe in letting the kids have their day. Makes life more delicious for all. Be well.

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      • I totally understand your sentiment there. It makes a lot of sense, let them have their joy before the realities of life hit them. It is very warm and sweet to watch them living that illusion too, and also helps adults forget about the harsh realities of life for a bit. I think I’m a bit of a crank at heart πŸ˜› Thank you for sharing your opinion. πŸ™‚

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      • haha At no point in my readings has anything in your writing given me the impression that you are a crank. lol You just view it differently. As an only child, I grew up in a home where Christmas meant opening as many as 12 or 15 gifts. So, for me the illusion ws wonderful. Be well my friend. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Hehe, I may have told a few white lies to kids before. But, I can’t remember what it was about… For me, my parents never really lied to me brushing your teeth, watermelon seeds etc. But, they did about the tooth fairy. And even though I know Santa Claus isn’t real, I still hold hope in my heart that he is real. Must just be my inner kid talking.

    I guess I just like to have faith in something, even if it is blind.

    Sorry for going off tangent, haha.


    – Ainsworth, Xx

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