The candy eating monster
Learning how to lie
Written by Smart Parent
PublishedFeb. 22, 2019, 5:12 p.m.
When our kids were younger, they always told the truth, but they reached a certain point, somewhere around 3 or 4 where the truth was inconvenient at times and they would try out lying. Problem is, they weren’t yet smart enough to pull that off.
We had bought some candy at the grocery one night, Tootsie Rolls I think, and we had allowed them one each on the way home from the store. Sometime during the night, our newest little liar got out of bed, went to the kitchen and got 2 more tootsie rolls which she proceeded to eat. You might wonder how I had this supernatural knowledge of what my kids were doing in the middle of the night, but it was really pretty simple. She left the wrappers on the floor of her room :-).
In the morning when we found the wrappers we asked her where they came from. She thought for a minute and came up with “I don’t know” as the safest answer. I, being the Smart Parent saw right thru this and immediately countered with, “It must have been the monster that comes to the house some nights…” The look on her face was priceless :-). “It’s a good thing there was candy on the floor or he might have eaten you. He only seems to visit when he is hungry.”
That night I told her “We should probably leave some candy on the floor” in case the monster comes back and we sprinkled a few Tootsie Rolls on the floor and she went to bed. After she was asleep, I snuck back into her room and ate those Tootsie Rolls and left the wrappers on the floor.
Now, you are probably thinking, what a mean thing to do, but the way I see it is I tought her two lessons:
- If you are going to lie, do it well. Lying is an important life skill and your lies need to be believable and “verifiable”.
- Even though you should be able to trust your parents, you shouldn’t, we are just people too.
Oh yea, she still leaves candy on the nightstand for the monster that might come to visit :-) and this still cracks me up.