Lies we tell our kids

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For whatever reason, this week it seems that I’ve read at least three different articles about the little white lies that parents tell their children. From Time magazine to parenting blogs, everyone seems to be talking about lying.

I share with you a true story…

Last week, I let my four year old watch the Disney film Dumbo on my computer (thank you YouTube). As you may remember, the opening scene depicts the stork bringing the baby elephant to the expectant mother. My son asked a few questions like, ‘What is that bird doing?’ I refrained from repeating the story that was told to me (to most of us?) that the ‘stork brings babies.’ I think I mumbled something like, “The baby got lost and the stork is helping it find its mommy.”

My eldest was old enough to notice the changes in my body as I progressed through my pregnancy with his little brother. He asked lots of questions and I spoke to him honestly about those changes. So not only did I not want to confuse him when he was asking questions about Dumbo, I really didn’t want to perpetuate the whole ‘stork’ myth.

I have to laugh at what a hypocrite I am! Here I am being all high-horse about not telling him that birds bring babies but I have no problem with, in fact I encourage, his belief in a fat man in a red suit from the North Pole breaking into his home to leave gifts crafted by mythical beings. And when the time comes, I admit, I will encourage the belief in a magical being who trades teeth for silver.

If you have older children, I’d love to know just how far you are prepared to go as a parent when it comes to lying to your children?

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My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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