Little White Lies

Every so often, I am reminded of the white lies we tell. For the most part , it is to save the feelings of others, but still a lie is a lie. My girls and I were watching H20 a series about teenagers who are actually mermaids. They have the unfortunate fate of turning into mermaids the moment they touch water. The mermaids have been some very interesting situations were lying to keep their secret was the only option they had. Andie expressed concern that the girls in the show were lying to everyone about being mermaids. We were able to talk about why telling a lie might be the best choice in some situations, but for the most part honesty is the best policy. 

My girls, now both tweens have also enjoy these other titles that deal with lying: 

  1. Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
  2. H2O: Just Add Water
  3. Mean Girls
  4. iCarly: S1, E12: iPromise not to Tell

I have told my children, white lies. Like the Easter Bunny poops jelly beans when we all know they come from magical jelly bean chickens. One afternoon, I heard Beckett tell a friend that he too wished he had all of the Chuck the Truck vehicles from the Netflix series. The two boys went on to play for the rest of the afternoon with Lego and a couple of episodes of Chuck the Truck. At the end of the play date, I asked Beckett why he lied to his friend about not having the vehicles. He told me he didn’t want to make his friend feel bad, because his friend did not have a single Chuck the Truck character. We decided to fix this situation and gave Beckett’s playmate several of the vehicles at  his next birthday party. 

There are many titles that deal with lying for primary aged children including: 

  1. Super Why!: S1,E15: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures: Pinocchio
  2. Curious George: S1, E19: Truth about George Burger
  3. Clifford the Big Red Dog: S1, E26: The Kibble Crook
  4. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: S1, E9: The Pothole / Chuck’s Perfect Plans
When adults tell big lies they get into trouble, big trouble. My favourite lying movie by far is Liar, Liar. I am not sure if it is Jim Carrey’s comedic style, or the epic courtroom scene that make this a family favourite, but we love it. 

Netflix offers many lie-filled selections for your viewing pleasure including: 
  1. Bloodline
  2. Just Go With It
  3. Liar, Liar
  4. Pretty Little Liar
Overall, we instill the importance of telling the truth to our kids. However, watching these shows makes them realize the mishaps that can happen when we don’t tell the truth. Excellent lessons for all of us to learn! 

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