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How can I teach my kid the difference between a 'good lie' and a 'bad lie'?
So I sort of sputtered for a while about how sometimes grown-ups have to tell small lies. He stopped me and said "why did you not just tell her I don't want to go?" Double ouch! I said something about not wanting to hurt her feelings but my head I was thinking "he's right...this is a double standard! I expect him to always tell the truth - even when it's hard. There's no way I can make him understand 'social lying'. Yikes!"
I'd love to hear how other parents handle this. What do you say to your kids to help them understand the difference between a "good lie" and a "bad lie"?