Pinocchio Parenting

images-2 by Karen Topakian

According to studies conducted at the University of San Diego and the University of Toronto, researchers determined that though parents say that honesty is the best policy, many regularly lie to their children in order to influence their behavior and emotions.

Parents of young children said they repeatedly lied to their children, telling them that bad things would happen to them if they didn’t do as they were told. Creating imaginary creatures and predicting bad outcomes if their children misbehaved.

The researchers called this ‘parenting by lying.’

Such examples of ‘parenting by lying,’ occur more frequently in Asian-American households than in European-American, so say the researchers. “…one possible explanation for this finding is that as compared to European-American parents, Asian-American parents tend to place a greater emphasis on the importance of teaching children to be respectful and obedient, and they use a range of parenting strategies to meet these ends.”

Finally, there’s a name for these “warnings” about our vision uttered by our parents.

  • If you read under a dim light, you’ll go blind.
  • If you sit too close to the TV screen, you’ll go blind. 
  • And every boy’s favorite. If you masturbate, you’ll go blind. 

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