6 ‘Little White Lies’ Husbands Tell Their Wives

6 ‘Little White Lies’ Husbands Tell Their Wives

Find out why men are fibbing to their wives and why it might not be all that bad.

By: Leah Maxwell

Have you ever caught your husband in a half-truth about how he feels or where he was or what he really thinks of your favorite shirt? If you’ve caught him in a lie once, has that made you wonder what else he might be fibbing about? The good news is, these little white lies are harmless and are often told because he doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. And yet it’s still not awesome to discover we’re not being told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (even if that means finding out he hates your comfiest pair of pajama pants). So what are husbands lying to their wives about? We got six men to confess under condition of anonymity. Names have been changed to protect the fibbers.

1. “My wife is a terrible cook, and she knows it, but in order to encourage her to keep trying (so I don’t end up making all the meals myself), I make sure to take second helpings and talk about how good something is even if it’s not.” -- George, 39, Seattle, Washington

2. “My wife is always asking me how she looks, but whatever I say, she never agrees with me. I think she’s always beautiful, but if I say that she thinks I’m just feeding her a line, so now I usually pick out one thing to respond to -- like I say, ‘You look great, but maybe a different necklace would be better?’ -- and that makes her think I’m really paying attention, when the truth is I really don’t care about her jewelry and think she looks fine.” -- Chris, 44, Alameda, California

3. “We have totally different tastes in movies, but rather than get into a fight right before our ‘quality time’ in front of the TV after the kids go to bed, I pretend I’m excited about whatever chick flick she wants to watch. It’s just easier that way.” -- Justin, 41, Nashville, Tennessee

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4. “I feel kind of guilty about this, but I sometimes tell my wife I got stuck in traffic when I’m really just late getting home because I stayed at work to surf the Internet.” -- Zack, 36, Oakland, California

5. “When my wife went back to work after our son was born, I had the flexibility to stay home with the baby [part time]. When she got home, she’d always ask me if the baby missed her. Um, he’s 4 months old? I don’t think he really understands that. When I told my mom about it, she advised me to just play along for my wife’s sake, so [I always said,] ‘Yes, honey, the baby missed you.’ -- Ryan, 51, Salt Lake City, Utah


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6. “This is such a cliché, but I’ve lied and told my wife I love her new haircut. I HATE bangs, I’ve told her this before, and then she gets them anyway, so I figure rather than tell her the truth each time she does it, I just pretend to like them now.” -- David, Berkeley, California

Have you ever caught your husband in a little white lie?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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