Liar, Liar pants on fire
"Mom, Lucy went to The Kids' Choice Awards and sat next to Taylor Swift!"
"Mommy, did you know Max has 100 Wii remotes and he keeps them in his very own cave?"
These are the whoppers my kids have come home with lately. For whatever reason, they each have friends who tell tales in order to impress and my kids fall for it hook line and sinker. In the beginning I just let it go. I mean what's the harm right? But then, as the stories kept coming my kids were getting more and more despondent that they didn't have such grand experiences or glut of goodies in their own lives. They were feeling less-than and I won't stand around and watch that.
The struggle came in how to handle it. My natural inclination was to just yell in frustration, "the little cretins are lying to you can't you see that?!?" But I refrained. First, these kids are not little cretins but rather sweet little people who I enjoy being around my kids-for the most part. Second, I didn't want to teach my kids to be the know it all who calls people on every story they tell. I mean, we do live in an area where a kid could have 100 Wii remotes and even his own cave. We are also close enough to New York City that a kid could know someone who knows someone that could get them into a Nickelodeon awards show. I wasn't ready to create natural skeptics out of my own innocent babes just yet.
I started with questions that seemed like I was just curious. The string went something like this: "Do you know who she flew to California with? Third row huh? She must know someone famous. Who took her? Really? She sat near Taylor Swift? Huh, I didn't even think Taylor was there when we watched. Remember she didn't come on stage for her award? Still, that's so cool you should ask her to bring in a picture. I'm sure she took one?" Those worked for my daughter. She still believed the girl so she went to school daily and innocently kept asking for proof to try to share in the girl's coolness. Finally the wide-eyed interrogations wore the kid down enough that she admitted she didn't really go. Truth told. Friendship intact. Problem solved.Continued on the next page