Do you tell lies? I once had someone tell me that they had never ever told a lie in their life – I felt like that in itself was a lie. I mean, is it really possible to live in the world today without ever telling a lie? I don’t mean that to sound cynical. Yes, I know that technically lying is bad but really, aren’t there some types of lies that are inherently good? What about the lies we tell children about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy? I happen to think those are fun and that they add a lot of joy and whimsy to our lives.
What about the “little white lies” we tell people we care about? I don’t want to be mean and sometimes answering with a 100% honest answer would hurt someone terribly. Is it wrong of me to hold back and tell a little white lie instead? It can be such a confusing concept – even for adults so imagine how tricky it can be for kids to grasp! That’s why watching some of these shows and movies on Netflix can be such a great activity for the whole family. Not only are they entertaining, but they can open the door to some important conversation about honesty and help kids (and maybe the adults too!) work through the concept together.
For your little kids:
- Super Why!: S1,E15: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures: Pinocchio
- Curious George: S1, E19: Truth about George Burger
- Clifford the Big Red Dog: S1, E26: The Kibble Crook
- The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: S1, E9: The Pothole / Chuck’s Perfect Plans
For your big kids:
- Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
- H2O: Just Add Water
- Mean Girls
- iCarly: S1, E12: iPromise not to Tell
And for teens and parents:
How do you teach your kids the importance of telling the truth?