posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 09:02 PM
As a kid growing up - my parents did have the same approach with me (they told me the Easter Bunny would only come if I would take a nap, the Tooth
Fairy only if I was nice to my siblings, and Santa would leave me presents only if I was nice). The sad part was that I discovered it was all a lie
within less than a year.
First, I lost a tooth & didn't tell my parents - I myself placed a penny under the pillow & told both of them that the Tooth Fairy left me a penny
(should've seen the look on their faces; I'm sure they were trying to determine which parent left it there). Second, I placed coal in my own
stocking - and found that the look on my parent's face was the same, which led me to believe that something was up. Finally, after talking about what
the Easter Bunny left us in class one day (elementary school - we didn't have anything else to talk about), I found that the Easter Bunny was
prejudice against families that couldn't afford much (I mean, how is it fair that the Bunny left a new bike & $100 for a rich kid, and left a bunch
of plastic eggs for myself?).
And yet, because of all that, I feel that I am better off as a whole (I found that when working, you can't always tell a client the truth - when you
don't know, sometimes a white lie is better than no lie at all). In fact, if I had kids, I'd probably tell them the same lies I was told (and when
their older, how I managed to find out the truth). Besides, when they're little, they need to have some kind of escape from the real world for a
while - I'd rather it be a fat, jolly man in a red suit that can "create" a chimney even when there isn't one in the house than the bogeyman. I
don't consider it teaching them to lie, but rather teaching them that being brutally honest is not always the best approach.