Re: Is it possible to parent your children without lying to them? Do you try?
I don't believe with holding the FULL information on a topic is lying to a child. Lying is when they ask you a question and you specifically tell them a non-truth.
BTW, for my own family, I consider Santa and Easter bunny a lie. I know many people do not see it that way but for us, we choose to not celebrate those holidays in that way because I believe I would have to lie to get the children to believe fully that those characters are real.
I believe telling my children the truth is important but protecting them is also important. I always remember that story from Ann Frank's dad....sometimes the "luggage" is too heavy to carry so mommy and daddy will carry it for you until you are strong enough.