“But Mommy, I heard you say you don’t like her! Mrs. Jones, my mommy says you’re a fake blonde. Does that mean you’re not real? Are you a robot?” A couple of children’s stories explaining bad truths and good lies would come in handy in these situations.
Bad Truths vs. Good Lies
She even over-shares the truth when it’s contrary to common sense. “Yes, we do have outside food and drinks (allergy-free movie snacks) in my mommy’s bag! . . . Sorry, Mommy.”
We drill “tell the truth, tell the truth” into our kids to the point where we forget to teach them to apply reason to the process.
Truth is preferred, but it doesn’t work in every situation. And when children begin to question those grey areas, or you reach your limit on honest outbursts, then it may be time to tell them the truth about lies.
Hopefully, my little one won’t wake her great-grandmother up from her naps and say things like, “Just making sure you’re not dead.” I’ll continue to let her unleash her terrible truths on me, however. The girl’s going to need an outlet, or it just might backfire. Besides, she couldn’t offend me if she wanted to. Mommy’s immune. Parents tend to develop a thick skin after being subjected to unfiltered honesty on a daily basis.