In the UK the average parent will tell their child about 3000 “white lies” during their childhood.
Parents lie to their kids for all sorts of reasons – to protect them from the outside world, to keep them from harm, and to make them feel better.
Parents tell their children that they keep in contact with him throughout the year, so they better behave.
This also applies to the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and other made-up characters that we tell our children.
“If you cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way” is another lie. Parents use this one simply to get their kids to stop making silly faces.
Maybe telling the truth will get you in less trouble than if you don’t tell the truth and it comes out later. But you’re still getting in trouble, no matter what.
We tell our kids all sorts of untruths to get them to eat their vegetables, fruits, and nutritious stuff. One of the classics is that eating spinach (or other vegetables) will make you grow up to be a big and strong.
“Where do babies come from?” or, even more difficult, “Where did I come from?” is a common question that young children ask their parents. Parents choose to answer this in a variety of way. The straightforward, honest approach would probably be best. Depending upon the age of the child, he or she probably won’t buy the stork metaphor, but I’m sure there are countless other creative and untrue ways to explain the birth process to your child.