Is lying to your children OK?
I overheard a mother telling her young child, who was having a tantrum, that she was going to leave the store and that the manager would put her in a room on her own. Now no judging here, I have made plenty of ………….or else statements, it did, however, make me think about how we routinely lie to our children.
What about the small lies we tell as a tool to make children comply. Is it OK? Don’t lie! or your nose will grow, finish your crusts they make your hair curly, don’t pick your nose or your brains will fall out. I’m going to find a policeman, Santa is watching you, you better be good. Are we taking the easy road on a very hard journey? Is telling a child they must not eat cake before bedtime as it will give them nightmares better than saying, No it is unhealthy? There’s even a term for the white lie approach, it’s called Pinocchio Parenting.