Telling kids about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Boogieman, the policeman who will miraculously appear when you don't eat or sleep or pick up your toys.
When is it right to tell lies to your kids?
This topic came out when Pohpoh came for a visit and Han admired the sequins on her skirt.
Pohpoh: Nice ya? Pohpoh sewed diamonds on her skirt so that thieves won't be able to take them away.
Ahyee: Ai yo! Why do you tell stuff like that to them. I wonder what kind of things you use to tell me when I was growing up.
Me: Ya la! I know of someone who is still resentful of the lies he had to grow up with.
When is it acceptable to lie to the kids?