Somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 your kid discovers the concept of lying.
You know, like this kid.
If you don’t know who he is, his mom put a video of him trying to lie his way out of eating a bunch of sprinkles on YouTube.
He’s become a viral sensation.
And he’s reached that wonderful stage of childhood.
The lying stage.
It never really ends.
And I find this the hardest one to deal with.
At this point, where the kids are concerned, I kind of operate under the philosophy of guilty until proven innocent.
I am really struggling to get the point across that telling a lie might work in the short run, but eventually you are going to get caught.
And then the consequence is going to be much worse.
Some of the kids are getting it.
Not so much.
But 3-year-olds have not completely mastered the art of lying.
When it comes to trying to evade punishment, they’ve got that down pat.
But when it comes to sparing your feelings?
Not even a concept for them yet.
They will tell you your breath smells.
That your teeth are yellow.
That your feet stink.
That your hair looks bad.
That you are fat.
And should be on the Biggest Loser.
Their inability to lie in this department sucks.
Number 5 has always had this facination with my stomach.
“Mommy, let me see your funny tummy!”
Not an adjective I want used in connection with any of my body parts.
Anyway, yesterday she asked again.
It had been a while.
So I pulled up my shirt and showed her.
And she said,
“MOMMY! Your tummy! It’s getting all gone!!!”
Suddenly I had a new found appreciation for that inability to lie across the board.
If I want to find out who drew on the curtains with Sharpie, I’m not gonna ask Number 5.
But if I want an honest answer to “Do these pants make my ass look fat?”
I’m going straight to her 🙂
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