The Things We Tell Our Children

Apart from the obvious (Santa and the Tooth Fairy) I recently realised that there are quite a few things we tell our children which might not be strictly true - okay yes we basically lie to our children then tell them they shouldn't lie, a bit hypocritical really isn't it! Personally though I don't believe that these are harmful lies, I haven't yet heard of anyone being damaged by believing in Santa.
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So here are a few of our little non-truths:
  • When the music on the ice-cream van plays it means that he's run out of ice-cream - this is particularly handy when you're sat in your pyjamas and would prefer not to venture outside in them, if you're short of cash or if it happens to kindly arrive smack bang in the middle of your Sunday roast dinner (ours seems to enjoy doing this). To be honest I don't think our children really believe this one but they play along anyway, bless their hearts!
  • The 5 second rule (if you pick something up within 5 seconds of dropping it you can still eat it) - this one comes in handy when your little one has dropped something that they really want to eat and you're afraid there will be a major meltdown if they don't get to put it in their mouth. Personally I'd prefer they didn't eat anything from the floor but it's always worth it if it avoids a meltdown. N still believes that it's an actual rule, she came crying to me the other day because she had dropped something and she couldn't pick it up within 5 seconds so she wasn't allowed to eat it!
  • If you don't clean your ears properly, potatoes will grow in them - again this is one which our children only half believed, they looked very sceptical when I told them but have been rather thorough with their ear cleaning ever since so maybe it did work!
  • Calling foods and drinks by different names - this is by far our most successful non-truth, our eldest children are very fussy eaters so when they were younger we used to rename certain foods and drinks. T liked calling noodles 'wormies' although N wasn't so keen on that one! Broccoli were 'trees', orange juice was 'sunshine juice' and so on. The one thing I will stress with this is that our children were well aware that you couldn't go round eating worms and trees etc, they just enjoyed changing the names. When T wouldn't eat a piece of cod we told him it was a giant fish finger and he gobbled it up, and when N wouldn't try a burger we told her it was a round sausage (she loves sausages) and she couldn't get enough of it!
Sometimes little white lies can make life so much easier, but does that make it the right thing to do? What non-truths do you tell your children?
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  1. We still fool our 22yo about food when he's home from Uni by telling him it's a certain meat and then afterwards (when he said he's enjoyed it) telling him the truth.

    Those little white lies haven't damaged either of my boys Kate and yes, they know that some of them aren't true but played along at the time. I would have to say that in context, it's not wrong!

    1. Haha I love that you still manage to fool your 22yo!

      I think if it's the only way to get them to eat certain things then the benefit outweighs the lie.

      Thank you for commenting x

  2. Laughed at these and yes, I'm guilty - with sons and now grandkids! We also have our own made-up words and I think it's the small things like that which make the bond so strong. Kids love to have fun and even though they often 'know' something is a ruse (especially with food), they join in. Lx

    1. I agree, things like this are what makes family bonds so strong. They create the memories that we can pass on to our children and so on!

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Linn, it's great to hear from you x


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