8 Lies Parents Tell Their Toddlers
Many parents balk at the idea of lying to their kids, but this practice starts as soon as toddlers can ask, "but why?" From the gnomes who'll steal their toys if they're left out to the disappearing cookies, toddlerhood is filled with parent-driven mysteries. How many of these little fibs are you guilty of?
We're "Out" of Sweets
It’s convenient to mysteriously run out of treats after every snack time, isn’t it? We dare you to try telling a 2-year-old you’re just holding out on the rest of the ice cream. Good luck with that.
When it comes time to part with the binky or bottle, many parents go for the “lost” explanation. That’s a whole lot easier than telling the kid he just can’t have his pacifier anymore.
Delay tactics go a long way with little ones who have short-term memories. But beware! The promise to buy that toy or treat “next time” stops working at about the age of five, when they’ll actually start holding you to it.
Have a Cookie
We blame cookie monster for every child’s obsession with the sweet treat, but that hasn’t stopped us from using it to our advantage. Parents have been known to call everything from biscuits to animal crackers “cookies” to get their toddler to settle for a less-unhealthy snack.
Storks Bring Babies
Whether they’re being delivered by a bird or got into mommy’s belly with a “magical hug,” we’ve yet to hear of any parents telling their toddlers the truth about where babies come from.
Fairytale or not, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are kindhearted lies that most parents choose to tell their children to help them experience that special childhood magic.
Conveniently, that loud and obnoxious toy ceased functioning. No, those aren’t the batteries in my back pocket. Why don’t we try another activity?
You Can't Have It
Oh, reverse-psychology. Telling a child they can’t have something is the ultimate bluff, coming off as nothing but a challenge in their little minds. We use this one to get our tots to eat everything from peas to tilapia.
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