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White Lies

White Lies

“My flatmate grew up on a farm and was told by her parents that their TV only worked when it rained.”


We’ve all lied to our kids. Shocking thought, I know, but quite true. And we’re not even talking the most popular white lies out there, like the myth of the Tooth Fairy or Mouse – no, we are talking about the little white lies we tell, just to make life easier, or to make a particularly difficult toddler query go away. When is it OK for parents to stretch the truth, in service of the greater good?


What happens when your children start to see through some of the more benign childhood myths, such as Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy? How do we handle the age old question: Is this real? Children ask this question for different reasons, and at different stages in their lives. It is important to tailor your answer to your child, and to take the lead from their questions. Once you have resolved the query, and have broken the news that (insert name here) is not real,you might use the opportunity to salvage the positive thought behind the relevant tradition. For instance, the Festive Season can still be about giving and celebrating all the abundance in our lives, not necessarily about an actual gift under the tree.


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