Of the many hypocrisies adults inflict on children, the exhortation to speak the truth is one of the most glaring.

Adults lying to children and white-lying to children is so normalized and part of our normal way of doing things that it takes a large effort to refrain. I like to think that I am quite rigorous about telling the truth, especially to loved ones, but I have to make a conscious effort to not tell my kid little convenient lies to get through the day.

If you want your kid to tell the truth, tell the truth to your kid.

Or Mastodon.