Professor Jessica Russell
4 September 2013
Lies My Parents Told Me
How many times has an adult told you that honesty is the best policy? It is a common phrase that many grownups use when they are dealing with children. You are taught as a child that lying is unacceptable and that you should never lie. It never occurred to any of us that our parents lied to us on daily basis.
I am sorry to break it to you but Santa Clause is not real. Your parents make you believe that he is, but in reality they are the ones who put the extra gifts under the tree. That brings me to the second top fib that parents tell. They tell you that you better be good because if you don’t Santa Clause is going to give you coal for Christmas. Although it seems a little harsh but dishonesty could be a great way to get your kids to listen.
If you know anything about tiny kids you know that they want everything. They want a brand new toy or even something simple like a candy bar. Their solution was to tell you that they will buy it for you on your birthday. That lie would work like a charm unless you have one of those kids that make people not want any kids.
Sometimes honesty is not the best policy. If your child asked you if you thought they would be the president of the United States one day you would say,
“Yes, and you would be a marvelous president.”
You wouldn’t want to crush their hopes and dreams so you motivate them because that is what an exceptional parent would do. Lying can sometimes be not as terrible as it seems.