Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Little White Lies

I catch myself doing it all the time. Telling Sweetie Pie those little white lies. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that are just easier than explaining the actual truth.

You know.

Like telling him a light switch is hot.  Now let me explain that one.

The switch was on the side of a kitchen island at my friend’s house. We’d gone over there for a play date. That switch turned on the garbage disposal. So, when Sweetie Pie kept trying to flip it on, I was telling him not to.

He asked me why.

I told him he just didn’t need to do that.

Then he asked me, “Is it hot?”

Yes! Yes it is hot son.

See. Sometimes the simplest answer—even if not exactly the truth-- is just easier.

Maybe that’s just me being lazy & not wanting to explain every little detail to him.  And maybe it’s just me being realistic & knowing that he isn’t going to understand the truth.

Which leads me to the question. Do you tell little white lies to your kids?


  1. All. The. Time. You do what you gotta do.

  2. Yes, I have told my kids plenty of little white lies. Sometimes it is easier to tell a little one something is hot and they shouldn't touch it because they understand hot and hurt. Kids don't follow the long explanation so the little easy white lie is sometimes perfectly okay.

  3. Yes, I've told some little white lies, especially if it's to save them from a potentially dangerous situation.

    When it comes to the bigs, like where babies come from, I try to be as honest as possible at a level that they'll understand. I think of it as building a foundation for a bigger talk later.

  4. All. the. time.

    Sometimes it's just easier. Or they wouldn't get the explanation.

  5. Does telling them that chocolate chip cookies contain liver? Or that their grandmother is a leprechaun? No. No i did nit.