15 White Lies Every Parent Tells Their Kids

Parents don’t like to admit it, but we’ve all told our children a white lie or two. Whether it's because you don't want them to develop bad habits or want one more Christmas with Santa Claus, there are plenty of opportunities for parents to fudge the truth...but just a little! And the worst (best) part of it all? Kids are pretty good about unquestioningly believing something if it comes from an authority figure. Sometimes they just make it too easy. 

Now, don't get us wrong—no one should lie to their kids just for the fun of it, and you probably shouldn't lie about important stuff. But that being said, we totally get why some folks get...creative with the truth. And hey, if you're just trying to preserve a little childhood magic or spare their feelings, it starts to make a lot more sense. (Are you exhausted from all these mental gymnastics yet?) 

In this slideshow, we're counting down all the white lie classics that parents have been using since time immemorial. From avoiding the hard conversations about what really happened to Fido to the dangers of swallowing gum, these fibs are well-worn tools in the parenting toolbox. But hey—we won't tell if you don't!