As parents, we tell lies all the time. These are mainly to our children. For example:
“Do you like my picture Mummy?”
“Yes!” you exclaim. “It’s brilliant!”. No it isn’t, you’re thinking, it’s rubbish, I can’t even tell what it is.
“The tooth fairy is real isn’t she Mummy?”
“Yes of course darling!” you reassure. No she isn’t, you mutter under your breath, now shut up and go to sleep so I can shove 50p under your pillow.
According to a survey published today by Netmums though, it’s not just the kids we’re lying to. We’re also lying to each other. If you thought playground peer pressure was behind you, apparently you’re wrong – as parents we are constantly comparing ourselves to other mums and dads, and finding ourselves lacking. In order to cover up our feelings of inadequacy, we’re lying about our parenting – how much TV we let the kids watch, how many meals we cook from scratch, and how much quality time we spend as a family.
It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I’m happy to admit that my children watch a fair bit of television. It’s not that I don’t want to do wholesome eight-year-old activities, it’s just that, well, ok… I don’t want to do eight-year-old activities to be honest.
In fact, the competitive element between me and my closest parent friends comes normally from who can neglect their children the most, so I’m not scared to come clean.
*stands up in the circle*
My name is Jo and my kids watch TV and eat fish fingers. Big deal. I’m a working single mum, I do my best, get over it.
So come on, stand up, tell the truth. What lies do you tell other parents? Your secrets are safe with me…*
*clearly not true as this is on The Internet.