Liar, Liar, Pants on fire


I have a confession to make. I have begun lying to Silas. Regularly.

I know as parents we all tell little lies to our kids. Well at least I assume I am not alone in doing so (please tell me I am not alone in doing so).

But Silas has been protesting nap time lately. He wants to take a nap but he wants a bunch of pre-nap stuff to happen and I just want him to take a nap already. The bigger problem is that I can’t say no to that boy. I don’t know if it is that he is my last “baby” or that he is so stinking cute or that he is a boy and therefore has his momma completely wrapped around his finger. But I can’t say no.

So I jump through a few hoops but then I am all stern and “GO TO BED!” Actually I am much more like “ok buddy, go to sleep now so mommy can work” *hug, hug, kiss, kiss* (I know. I KNOW). And he inevitably plays the daddy card. As in “I miss daddy, where is daddy?”

And here is where the lies begin. I have tried telling him daddy is at work (which he already knows) but it just makes the wailing louder. So instead I tell him one of two things.

  1. I am going to go call daddy and then you can talk to him OR
  2. Let me go see if daddy came home

And then I close the door and walk away and he falls asleep in two seconds and forgets.

So this is bad right? Cause it seems pretty bad.

Do you ever tell big lies to your kids?


  1. I don’t know, it seems like it’s working for both of you!
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  2. When I’m ready for the kids to come inside I tell them its about to rain. I figure somewhere in the world it is about to rain. It makes me feel like I’m not lying as much :)

  3. You gotta do what you gotta do… :)

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  4. Molly says:

    Been there, said that, and then if they ask about it, I say, “oh sorry, nope, daddy couldn’t leave early.” but then they are happy in their post-napness, so it’s all good. That is just not the battle I want to wage with my 2-yr old. We have enough!

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