Way back when you were an intern, you told yourself that working 80 hours a week for free would someday score you the job of your dreams. Then you told yourself that you didn鈥檛 care if you ever had kids 鈥 your nieces and nephews would be enough. (Lucky you, that little lie never really caught up with you.) You鈥檙e kind of a pro at lying to yourself, and now that you鈥檙e a mom, you鈥檙e still into it. Whether you think of them as untruths, mental bribes to keep you engaged, or mommy鈥檚 sayings that are absolutely, positively, entirely necessary to get you through your day, it鈥檚 hard to deny that a little bit of self-deception totally comes in handy. Here are 10 little lies that do just that.

A mother holds her baby as she does yoga

1. I can exist on two hours of sleep. You tell yourself that you stocked up on enough sleep during your pre-baby life. You slept in 鈥榯il noon every weekend in college, and you had lazy 11am wakeups on Sundays after you were married. And now you鈥檙e saying, 鈥淣ope. I don鈥檛 need to rest. Ever.鈥

2. They鈥檒l grow out of it. The mayonnaise-and-peanut-butter sandwich craving your toddler has every three hours seems鈥 um, gross. So you assume it鈥檚 a phase. At least, that鈥檚 what you tell yourself. Jump to your then-toddler鈥檚 now-teen years, and they鈥檙e still eating those PB and mayo concoctions.

3. My messy bun is an intentional hairstyle. Some model who now looks young enough to be your daughter is sporting an elegant messy bun on IG. And so are you! Kind of. So yours is more of a, 鈥淚 haven鈥檛 washed my hair in six days, and can鈥檛 find the brush, but my two-year-old keeps pulling my hair out, so I have to bun it up with this MacGyver-ish contraption made from a trash bag twist tie and embroidery floss鈥 look.

4. Showers aren鈥檛 necessary. We get it. You haven鈥檛 taken a real shower in two weeks. Jumping in and jumping out just don鈥檛 count. Don鈥檛 worry: Someday the lies will be over, and you鈥檒l get as much time as you need to savor the glorious water.

5. Pizza sauce counts as a veggie. It鈥檚 made from tomatoes, and that means it counts. Sure, it鈥檚 sandwiched in between a greasy mess of cheese and carb-y dough. But it鈥檚 better than a dinner of chocolate chip cookies and cheese whiz, right?

A mother and toddler play with toys

6. I鈥檓 not taking this picture just for social media. Your kiddos are at the petting zoo, and they are adorably feeding a pint-sized piggy with a bottle. You want to catch this memory鈥 and you also want to show it off. Hey, that鈥檚 okay! Your kids are completely cute. There鈥檚 no harm in letting everyone know.

7. I didn鈥檛 just use candy as a bribe. Yes, you did. You totally know you did. You don鈥檛 need to admit it鈥 but you did it. And the kids actually did what you were asking them to do. Yay!

8. I鈥檓 going to keep every finger painting, diorama, modeling clay masterpiece, and crayon scribble. Ah, the best intentions. That鈥檚 what you have here. But your house just can鈥檛 hold the mounds of artwork that you want it to.

9. That kids鈥 cartoon movie is totally funny in an offbeat adult kind of way. No. No, it鈥檚 not. You can tell yourself that it is. And you can tell yourself that you鈥檙e watching it by choice. But when it comes down to it, you鈥檇 much rather watch Ryan Gosling in鈥 just about anything other than a cartoon princess singing about love. But go ahead and tell yourself whatever you need to get you through watching the same kids鈥 film fest. At least, until the little one goes to bed and you can Netflix to your heart鈥檚 content.

10. I will never, ever judge another mom. This is a big one. It鈥檚 something that you absolutely know you should never do. It鈥檚 something that you might not ever even say out loud. But at some point in your parenting life, you will make a snap judgment. The important thing here is what happens next: Instead of gossiping or outright mom-shaming, look inward and figure out what鈥檚 going on. Or give that other woman a break; all moms have good and bad days鈥 even you.

What鈥檚 the biggest lie you tell yourself about being a mom? Share yours and tweet us @BritandCo!

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