We love our kids, but sometimes they’re just not ready for the whole truth.
Last week, we asked our readers to submit their favorite Little White Lies they’ve told their kids and vice versa in this first edition.
Little White Lies – Parents vs Kids
They’re going to fall out!
Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons
“I told my 3 year old that if we don’t brush his teeth, they’ll fall out. It worked – he hates the thought of his teeth falling out and now lets me brush them no problem. I now feel bad that they’ll fall out anyway!!!”
Wanna watch a Brand New Movie?
Chris @ Heyyouredblue
“Whenever I can’t take the latest round of kids movies playing on loop on the tv, I find one of my favorite classics and ask my 5 year old if he wants to watch a BRAND NEW movie! Looks like KiKi’s Delivery Service just came out this week!”
“I once told my 2 year old that if she ate the seeds in a watermelon, they would grow in her tummy. Now she’s terrified of watermelons.”
Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy… totally real!
“Santa Clause! I think everyone has told that one though.”
In what is probably the BIGGEST of all Little White Lies we tell our kids is that certain Holiday figures are real!
Or is that really a lie?
Kelsey G. had this fantastic tale of heroism to share with us as well!
“Mama, Mama, come save the moth! Hurry, we have to save the moth!”
I sighed. There were dozens of moths in the house, but my five-year-old daughter was determined to save each and every one of them from dying indoors, by setting them free outside.
I climbed the stairs and found her frantically pointing toward the ceiling.
I climbed onto the bathroom counter and reached up to snag the uncooperative moth in my hands. My daughter was delighted. She followed me downstairs, the moth fluttering in my hand, and we opened the sliding glass back door.
I flung the moth outside.
The timing was impeccable.
No sooner did the moth hit the fresh summer air than a bird swooped down and snatched it out of the air. I couldn’t stop a loud burst of laughter, which I cut off quickly.
“What’s funny?” she asked.
“Nothing.” I turned my back, grinning.
“Did we save the moth?” she asked.
I hesitated. Images of dead bugs paraded through my head: Wormy. Roly-poly. The ant I stepped on. So many tears. Such sorrow.
“Uh … sorta. Yeah, we saved the moth,” I lied.
“Did that bird eat the moth?” she asked.
“Maybe. I don’t know for sure. It was so fast…”
“Did it? I think it did.”
“Well…” I braced for the impending tears as I admitted the truth.
“Ok!” she said, and skipped away.
Huh. Ok, then. Kids!
Thank you all for getting the truth out there!
No matter what Little White Lie we may tell our kids, it’s all in good fun and in most cases we tell them to protect them. Even if it’s from their funny little imaginations.
We don’t tell Little White Lies out of spite or anger. We tell them because we love the person we are lying to!
We got some great submissions this week. Oddly enough, we didn’t get many lies you’ve told your parents! I guess we’ll save that one for another day!
Next weeks Little White Lies is all about relationships!
That’s right! We’re talking about
Little White Lies – Significant Others Edition!
So if you’ve either been caught or gotten away with a Little White Lie that you’ve told your Husband, your Wife, Girlfriend, Boyfriend, whatever! Let us know and we’ll chose from the best of the best to feature on NEXT FRIDAY’s
Little White Lies!
If you don’t wish to use the embedded form, you can also send your submissions to
With the subject line: Little White Lies – Significant Others Edition
I can’t WAIT to see what you’ve got!