Things I Tell My Kids

Things I Tell My Kids

(or, I Love My Kids So Much, But Sometimes I Really Could Just…)


“A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” – Lane Olinghouse


As a father of 2 young children, I’ve found parenting to be the most rewarding, wonderful and often surprisingly hilarious experience. I can’t think of anything greater or more precious. However, at times it can also be tough, demanding and completely exhausting. A genuine and frequent test of patience.

Being a parent means that I often need to talk to my kids with complete emotional honesty. In addition to this though, I’m also very aware of the value of a small and strategically timed bending of the truth. From time to time we all find ourselves in situations where we say things to our kids that aren’t technically 100% accurate. Whether by employing a reliable holding phrase when we need a short reprieve to maintain our sanity, or using a little white lie to create a diversion, calm an argument, or provide a moment of fun (generally this is at the kids’ expense).

Don’t judge me. We all do it. Yes, even you.

For example, saying “We’ll see”, when what you really mean is “No you can’t, but I don’t want to have to deal with the way you’ll react to me saying this, especially not right now while I’m sitting on the toilet.”

Things I Tell My Kids is an ongoing series of photographic portraits that examines this facet of parenthood, and highlights why mothers, fathers, carers and guardians of all ages do what they do. An open conversation between each sitter and myself that explores those times when, as parents, they might not say exactly what they mean, and also those moments when we definitely do.