FAMILY & PARENTING

12 Innocent White Lies That Every Mom Has To Tell To Get Through The Day

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

Being a mom isn’t easy, but everyone knows that. That’s like saying, “Hey, Mt. Everest is really tall,” or “Here in America we drive on the right side of the road.”

That means no parent is absolutely perfect. Sometimes, innocent shortcuts are needed just to simply get through the day without falling to the floor with exhaustion, or totally losing it in the grocery store. All anyone can do is their own personal best.

Besides, there’s nothing interesting about perfection, anyway. Imperfections are what make the world go ’round, what makes it fun and worth the ride.

That being said, all moms, and sometimes grandmas, have their trusty little white lies ready to go in their back pocket all the times.

You know what I’m talking about: When it’s too late to keep answering questions, when your son or daughter just won’t take “no” for an answer, so you have to brush them aside with a “maybe,” knowing full well they’re not going to get what they want.

These 12 white lies posted by Reddit users are ones that every mom has used at one point or another. There’s absolutely no shame in it — they’re a mom’s secret weapon!

Which of these do you use with your kids? Do you have any others that do the trick? Please SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook to add other mom and grandma tricks to their arsenals.

[H/T: Reddit 1, 2]

Thumbnail source: Flickr / Jj & Special K

1. "If you tell me the truth, you won't get in trouble."

1. "If you tell me the truth, you won't get in trouble."

Via Reddit user guile20.

Sometimes, you just really have to know who did what, and will use whatever you’ve got to get it out of them. Other times, you just honestly want them to learn to tell the truth!

2. "Maybe."

2. "Maybe."

Via Reddit user RoShamBoU4It.

Hey, it’s not a promise either way, so you’re off the hook when you don’t go to the zoo or have ice cream for dinner.

3. "I'll only be 5 minutes."

3. "I'll only be 5 minutes."

Via Reddit user OrgChem_4Life.

Moms are busy women with a lot of important things to do. Besides, a young kid’s perception of time is a bit off, so they might not even notice.

4. "I'd never do [insert reckless behavior from your youth]."

4. "I'd never do [insert reckless behavior from your youth]."

Via Reddit user captain_dux.

What you really mean is, “Do as I say, not as I do.” No one’s perfect!

5. "I don't know what happened to that loud obnoxious toy you love to play with every waking moment."

5. "I don't know what happened to that loud obnoxious toy you love to play with every waking moment."

Via Reddit user ColonelSanders_.

Either the toy goes into the garbage, or Mommy spends a month at the “spa.” Sometimes it’s necessary to just say goodbye to that blaring piece of plastic.

6. "Change out of that wet bathing suit or you'll get diarrhea."

6. "Change out of that wet bathing suit or you'll get diarrhea."

Via Reddit user plausible-rationale.

In other words, “Don’t you dare sit your wet behind on Mommy’s brand-new suede sofa. Don’t. You. Dare.”

7. "I have eyes in the back of my head."

7. "I have eyes in the back of my head."

Via Reddit user jarvitz2.

Well, this one’s not really a total lie. Moms see everything.

8. "I'm fine, don't worry about me."

8. "I'm fine, don't worry about me."

Via Reddit user not1smartass.

Sometimes, even on your worst days, you still have to be tough for the sake of the kids. But when you are fortunate enough to have help, don’t be afraid to lie down and relax — you deserve it!

9. "I don't want the last piece, take it!"

9. "I don't want the last piece, take it!"

Via Reddit user JohnDarwin89.

Uh, yeah, of course you want the last piece of pizza or cake. Always. Every time. But you give it to your pride and joy anyway.

10. "Maybe we can go ______ tomorrow."

10. "Maybe we can go ______ tomorrow."

Via Reddit user squid-kisses.

When your kid asks to go to the park at 9:30 p.m., this is what you tell them. Maybe they’ll forget about it by morning, maybe they won’t. But that’s a gamble you’re willing to take.

11. "Your ears turn red when you lie."

11. "Your ears turn red when you lie."

Via Reddit user drgojirax.

Now, every time they lie, they’ll try to hide their ears. Hey, they have to learn that lying is wrong somehow.

12. "You used to love eating this when you were a baby!"

12. "You used to love eating this when you were a baby!"

Via Reddit user LimeyTart.

And in a second, your picky eater is scooping up those peas like a champ.

If anything, these white lies are teaching kids how to be patient, how to eat healthy, and how to be an overall better person. No harm done!

Which of these did you use with your kids? Do you have any others that do the trick? Let us know in the comments and please SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook!