Do you lie to your children? Go on, admit it, you know you want to! As moms it is almost written in our job profile to make up stories when our children are teetering close to a tantrum or even when we need them to hurry up as we rush out the door. Whatever be the situation at hand, lying is part of everyday living. So we at KSP decided to have some fun with it. Step on our Lie-O-Meter and see just how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ you are.
The ‘good’ or ‘innocent lies’ are those that fuel your child’s imagination. They often transport them to a make-believe world and nurture their curiosity by providing them with answers to burning questions. I’m sure many of us are guilty of lying about Santa Claus, about the Tooth Fairy being on a budget and the boogeyman.
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KSP rating:Â You are as good as gold! You are well on your way to creating memories for your child . Something they might be able to look back on and smile and maybe pass on to their own children.
The ‘important’a or need-to-be-told lies are those that will help shield your child from unnecessary pain. These come in handy when the truth might hurt them deeply. Imagine having to tell your child that her dog is no more. It is so much easier to romanticise death by saying her dog is now a star in the sky and is watching over her daily. All of us know about the crow that takes away toys when they are fought over. It is easier to make up a story to tide over squabbles than to make two children understand the meaning of playing peacefully.
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KSP rating:Â You are not so bad. We don’t like tell these lies but we have to sometimes. More to maintain our sanity levels than anything else. Worry not! You are still in the clear!
We are guilty of letting a ‘bad lie’ slip out once in a while. These lies are when we go overboard and resort to scare tactics. Like when you threaten to leave your child alone at the park if she doesn’t leave at that very minute. Or when you scare him with monsters that will crawl out from under his bed if he doesn’t keep his eyes closed.
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Maybe it’s frustration or you are just tired. Whatever be the reason these lies may be going a long way in scaring your little one unintentionally or laying the foundation for phobias. Catch yourself before you go too far.
KSP rating: Guilty of resorting to one too many ‘bad lies’? You live dangerously don’t you. WhateverÂ be your excuse, try to desist, take a deep breath and dip into your arsenal of patience. You will thank yourself later on.
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Here is a list of ten of the funniest and weirdest lies we’ve heard parents tell their children. Just so you know you aren’t alone.
- Drinking tea will make you black
- If you misbehave I will take a video and show it to all your friends inÂ school
- If you squint your eyes, they will stay like that forever
- Peppa Pig only comes on Sundays
- I am calling that uncle to take away your toys if you donâ€™t pee now
- If you swallow the cherry seed, a big cherry tree will grow in yourÂ stomach
- If you donâ€™t brush your teeth at night , ants will go inside your mouth atÂ night
- What should we do the park is closed today!
- There is a big dinosaur who lives in the fridge
- Daddy is drinking medicine (read red wine)
Tell us which is the craziest lie that you have told your child recently inÂ the comments below.
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