Lies parents tell to their children

Filed under: Just For Moms, Just For Dads, Holidays, Playground Bureau

In some small way, I wish we'd never started with the whole Santa Claus things. My kids are so deeply invested in it that I'm afraid finding out the truth is going to break their little hearts. My hope is that they'll learn gradually, like I did, and not all at once. Christmas is still magical to me, and I know that all those years experiencing the mystery and magic of Christmas is part of that feeling.

Cole Gamble, over at StrollerDerby, disagrees with me. He calls Santa Claus, along with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, one of the 14 lies we should stop telling our children. Others include:
  • Just tell me the truth and you won't get in trouble.
  • Do this or you won't get [something big you possibly can't take away anyway].
  • Big kids eat their vegetables; aren't you a big kid?
  • You'll make more friends if you play nice.
  • Mommy and Daddy are "taking a nap."
Cole says it's also statistically impossible that your child is the prettiest/most handsome in the world, because in fact, his children already hold that title. Since we've been talking a lot about lying this week, I think Cole's timing with this hilarious list couldn't have been better.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.