Lies I tell my child…

December 1, 2011

Dear Max Pax

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here (help me, moms) when I say that sometimes I “lie” to placate you. But lie is such a strong word – let’s call it elaboration. Or calming. Or I-Need-To-Say-Something-Before-My-Child-Loses-His-Sh*t.

So here’s what I sometimes say to you:

Elaboration: Dada/Gogo/Sisi is coming now-now
Truth: They’ll be back tomorrow or the next day

Elaboration: Mama needs to go and work
Truth: Mama needs to put her feet up, Tweet a bit, and check Reader on her iPad

Elaboration: Have some juice. And I’m going to put it into a little fun syringe
Truth: I’m giving you Stopayne. Please drink it

Elaboration: The bird in the road is sleeping
Truth: The bird in the road is dead

Elaboration: CBeebies have gone to sleep
Truth: It’s late. No more TV

Elaboration: The small car is much cooler
Truth: I’d rather pay R20 for a gift for you when we visit the shops, than R100 for the large dump truck

Sorry Max, I do what I need to do. I promise you full honestly when you’re older. Truth.


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  • Anita Boxoza

    *phew* I elaborate too. I always tell Kamva if she eats a little bit of her food then we will go to for a ride in the car.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Karen at MomAgain@40

    I do it all the time! 🙂 No other way to survive the constant barrage of meltdowns and tantrums!

    Thanks for putting back the comments like this! 😀

    December 2, 2011 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Preetika

    I do exactly the same with my 2.5 year old.
    LOL – i thought all parents did

    eat you food, and I’ll buy you a bike
    if you dont eat your food, I’ll give your bike to your cousin

    we can’t go to checkers, cos daddy’s car is sleeping


    December 2, 2011 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Haha, love the one about the car sleeping 🙂

      December 2, 2011 at 10:22 am Reply

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