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As much as we try to be good role models for our children, sometimes parents may struggle to be completely honest in what we tell them.
So we might blurt out a few white lies every once in a while because we're either at our wit's end, or not sure how exactly to answer our inquisitive kid's endless questions.
White lie: "I don't have any coins", or, "This is spoiled, it's not working anymore."
White lie: "If you don't brush your teeth, they will all fall out!"
White lie: "Ooh, no! This is very spicy!"
There are days when you just want to treat yourself to a piece (or two) of dark chocolate, or a nice hot cup of coffee before you lose your mind.
White lie: "The policeman will come and catch you!"
Kids know that the boys in blue will send bad people to jail (and supposedly naughty children!) so this will instil a bit of fear in them.
White lie: "This one is not for sale, it's just put there for decoration."
White lie: "This is so yummy! It tastes like candy!"
As soon as your toddler even sees that bottle of medicine, he's already trying to run away for dear life, so you have to chase him around the house and pin him down with your thighs as you pry his mouth open and force the supposed "delicious" syrup in.
White lie: "It's closed already."
White lie: "I'm going now. Bye bye!"
Afraid of being left behind, your child will probably panic -- especially if you actually put on a big show about it by taking a few steps and waving enthusiastically -- that will guarantee to make most kids scream and run towards you.
White lie: "We're reaching soon! Only a few more stops away."
You're thankful that your tot doesn't know how to tell the time yet, because then he'll soon figure out that travelling from Boon Lay to Tampines is not going to take "a few minutes" like you claimed it would almost one hour ago.
White lie: "Ok, next time."
When exactly this magical time will actually ever arrive, no one knows for sure -- perhaps when pigs can fly, or when people can live on Mars?
White lie: "If you don't finish it then you won't grow and you'll just stay small like a baby forever."
White lie: "Oh no, it's broken."
You will then proceed to tinker around with it under the pretense of trying to fix it, even though you jolly well know that it just needs a battery change.
But your innocent little doe-eyed child doesn't know that, and even if she does, you'll either pretend not to have the right tools to open up the battery panel, or you'll intentionally put in some new batteries the wrong way round to prove that the toy really is broken.
White lie: "Wow! That is beautiful!"
You have absolutely no clue what it is supposed to be -- a cross-eyed dragon jumping on a trampoline? A skinny hippo dancing on the moon? A portrait of mummy just waking up in the morning?
Whatever it is, you truly do love it and are fiercely proud of your child's masterpiece which will be prominently displayed in your house for all to see and admire.
Personally, this is probably our favourite little white lie to tell all kids.
Dew is a teacher, theatre practitioner and playwright who is raising her daughter to know that anything boys can do, girls can do better!
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