The Rayburns, from the new Netflix original series, Bloodline, have some dark family secrets they’re willing to do anything to keep from coming out — lying included.
Starring Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and set in the Florida keys, the series follows a family caught between the ugly truth and the terrible lie that covers it up – a storyline that conjured our friends at Variety to predict that, “.. those who give Bloodline a chance will, pretty quickly, find themselves hooked.”
But let’s face it, we all lie.
White lies make life easier for parents (the park is closed today) or make our kids happy (Santa Claus is coming!). Young kids make up stories as they learn the difference between fact and fiction, while older kids sometimes lie to cover for each other or to keep themselves out of trouble.
I told my first lie when I was little, after my father took me to the circus for the first time. I came home and told my mother that I got to ride in the parade in the big top. I still remember her disappointed look when my father told her I wasn’t telling the truth. As a parent, I’ve told white lies, but I feel that’s okay. However, I know I don’t like it when my children lie to me. My 9 year old and my 7 year old share a room and I don’t always know who sneaks snacks in (they blame each other). While I don’t think that’s a terrible lie, I don’t think they understand that there are lies that can really hurt. And it also bothers me that my older child cannot take the blame at all. Even if I catch him red-handed.
Besides Bloodline, check out some additional kid-friendly titles related to lying and honesty for inspiration this month.
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
For your little kids:
1. The Gruffalo
For your big kids:
3. Spy School
And for teens and parents:
NEW ON NETFLIX for kids and families
4. SUPER 4
Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix’s Stream Team for the second year. I am not compensated for this, but I do receive a free Netflix Subscription and some perks. All opinions are my own. Photos and courtesy of Netflix, Kelly Ladd Sanchez and Andrea Lynn and are used with permission.