2. Creative Mothering

Lies and the Lying Mothers Who Tell Them

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Amy Kind Associate Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch2

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Kind, A. (2010) Creative Mothering, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Claremont McKenna College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • creative mothering, lying - and the lying mothers who tell them;
  • bedtime stories and putting 5-year-olds to bed;
  • role that lying plays in parenting - deliberate deceit embedded, interwoven in practice of childrearing;
  • Jean Piaget, children under the age of eight - not knowing what lies and forbidden words are;
  • most lying, deserve moral condemnation - but parental lying constitutes an exception;
  • For Kant, being truthful - sacred and absolutely commanding decree of reason;
  • John Stuart Mill, British philosopher - moral theory, utilitarianism judging morality of actions based on consequences;
  • utilitarianism, not as forgiving about lying - finding something uncomfortable in the thought;
  • truth, lies and parental whoppers;
  • lies, rights, and rationality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bedtime Stories

  • It's For Your Own Good; Or Is It?

  • Truth, Lies, and Parental Whoppers

  • Lies, Rights, and Rationality

  • Conclusion: It Isn't Easy Being Honest

  • Notes