15Liar Liar, Pants On Fire
There are lies parents tell their children in order to provide them with a bit of magic and make-believe - and then there are the lies that just make a parent’s life that much easier. Jana B. knows this first-hand - when her twins were younger, she and her
partner would regularly take the easy way out.
“We’d be driving in the car with the kids and they’d ask to go to McDonald’s. Rather than get into an argument, we’d simply tell them it was closed . . . and they’d believe us. Once we were driving past a Chuck E. Cheese’s and of course they wanted to stop in. When I told them it was closed, they became suspicious and asked why there were so many cars in the parking lot. I told them they were the cars of the workers who were fixing all the machines and cleaning inside.
“One time at the grocery store, the kids wanted us to buy them treats and we told them they were both allergic to candy. It may not be the perfect solution, but when you’re in a rush, it’s a quick way to avoid any tantrums.”