Being a parent is tough under normal circumstances...and these are definitely not normal circumstances. After more than a year filled with uncertainty, ever-shifting demands and total freakin’ chaos, parents are doing the best they can. And for many of us, that means telling the occasional (or not so occasional) lie just to get through the day. Here, 14 parents on the lies—from minor fibs to big untruths—they’ve told this pandemic. (No judgement).
1. “I got my son to eat fruits and veggies by telling him that his doctor insisted on it in order to keep COVID away.” — Yasmin, CA
2. “I work as a therapist and when COVID hit, I immediately took my practice online. But there was no way that I could do my job with my 2-year-old daughter at home in our two-bedroom apartment, so I used my friend and neighbor’s basement. Every day I would leave our home and tell her I was going into the city to go to work when really, I was just going next door. She even came over a couple of times and saw my shoes and coat by the door and my friend convinced her that they were hers!” — Mariana, NJ
3. “In February, we drove to Ohio, but I told the kids it was ‘Pittsburgh’ so they wouldn’t tell school we had gone to a non-contiguous state. (We all got negative tests after our travel!)” — Sarah, NY