Sep 20 2010
Lying is generally a bad thing.Â Telling someone something that isn’t true is clearly a form of manipulation and usually leads to something bad if the party you lied to finds out you are lying.Â However, lying isn’t bad in certain circumstances.Â Those circumstances usually involve an issue where the person you are lying to is better of for not knowing something.
This is most true with children.Â If it weren’t for lying then children would be pretty screwed up.Â I mean can you imagine if all children went through childhood without being lied to?Â They’d be the most miserable creatures on earth.
So when you have to lie to kids, don’t feel bad about it.Â Especially in these five situations….
Holidays and customs with fictional characters
When kids are little you don’t just tell them “There is no Santa Claus!”Â Children are full of hope and it’s nice to know they think some happy things are out there.Â Don’t you wish there was a tooth fairy?Â I sure as hell do.Â It’s only when they can really process these things that you tell them the truth.
Talking about Death
Death is one of the hardest things to bring up with a child.Â You have to make it so that death is a great thing.Â Â That whoever die is in great place with clouds and the best things life would have to offer.Â It’s never an easy subject to bring up but you cannot simply tell the truth when someone they love dies.
When You’re Caught Having Sex
Talk about one where there’s been some weird ass responses.Â The typical response is “mommy and daddy were exercising.”Â But the range of replies is absolutely hilarious.Â “Oh I lost my shoe and it was under the bed.Â Daddy was helping me find it.”Â Â “It was really hot but my underwear fell off because of the wind.”Â You name it.
Manipulating them to follow rules
Giving kids ultimatums is one of the best ways to teach them rules.Â Without these it’d be pretty tough to get them to do things.Â Â For example if they’re not eating their vegetables you can tell them that the TV won’t work when you get home.Â There are tons of lies out there that you have to conjure up so kids learn some structure.
When they ask us impossible questions
“Why is the sky blue?”Â Seriously how the hell do we know?Â But you gotta give them an answer right?Â So you make up shit.
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