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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.
Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.
Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.
November by Walter de la Mare
Telling a little white lie to your child every now and then is certainly not always a bad thing. Like with Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, bending the truth can inspire a sense of wonder in a kid's mind and keep them on their best behaviour, especially if they know presents under the tree are at stake. Other times, fibbing is simply the only way to get stubborn, critical young minds to move in the right direction.
Using "alternative facts" as a parenting device, however, can occasionally misfire. If your young detective catches you in a lie, you're in hot water. Then as long as you backtrack and let them know that eating watermelon seeds won't actually turn them into a watermelon before they make it to high school, you're in the clear. A heartfelt apology and an ice cream cone also never hurt anyone.
Here are a few fibs that parents recall telling their kids or kids remember their parents using on them.
Do you remember any white lies your parents used on you? http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/19q62d/:EhVtX!3d:HaHJ7md@/www.boredpanda.com/parents-lies-to-kids