I saw a BBC News story today which reported most parents tell lies to their children as a tactic to change their behaviour, the study was based on families in the United States and China. Take a look at the link it is an interesting read.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite fibs I’ve told our girls:
- If you don’t share you get spots. One of my daughters embarrassingly accused a freckled little boy of not sharing.
- We don’t have any chocolate in the house.
- I haven’t brought my purse with me.
- Changing the time on the clock so they think it is bed time.
- Your favourite TV programme is on late tonight, read as please go to bed.
- There’s certainly not any (carrots, onion, leek, peas, cabbage, vegetables…) in this meal.
- I have your teacher’s home number.
- Too much TV makes your eyes go square.
- Father Christmas is real.
- The Tooth Fairy is coming.
I think it is perfectly acceptable to fib to your children and part of the role of parent. Our creativity sparks their imaginations.
What are your favourites?