I try not to make a habit of this but, sometimes, I tell little white lies to the girls. I only do it if I know it’s regarding something completely harmless and yet, I still feel guilty when I think back on it later.
Yesterday… I told a lie. A little white lie to our 4.5 year old. Before you chase me with a pitchfork, here’s the story…
It’s really important to me that our girls eat healthy foods, with minimal treats. I prefer that they fill up on all the good foods and then occasionally, we’ll offer a treat after dinner or a popsicle on a hot day or that gross buttery popcorn at a hockey game.
When we were in Mexico last month, I really felt like a diet coke one day. I ordered my pop and poured it out into my glass, unaware that Portia watched the whole thing happen. I looked up and her eyes were the size of teacups. She had never seen a “brown drink” before. I thought not much of it and offered her a sip. It was love at first taste.
The coke never came up again until yesterday when, so randomly on a plane ride home, Portia looked up at me with her tiny smile and said, “remember coke?”. I responded with, “yes, I remember coke. What about it?”. Of course, the answer was that she would like to have one.
And then it happened… the words poured out of me before I could reign them in.
“Coke is only in Mexico. Maybe we can have one next time we’re there”.
AHHHHH. (Cue the growing nose!)
It worked, but it did not feel right. I lied and I don’t want my kids growing up thinking that lying is ok. I’ll follow up and explain to Portia that I actually said that because I didn’t want her drinking pop, along with the reasons why it’s not a great drink. I’ll explain that I told a lie and it was a mistake to tell her that.
And, in the meantime, I could learn a lesson or two from some of the great kiddie titles on Netflix, where we see the effects of lying and learn the value of honesty!
Super Why!: S1,E15: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures: Pinocchio
Curious George: S1, E19: Truth about George Burger
Clifford the Big Red Dog: S1, E26: The Kibble Crook
The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: S1, E9: The Pothole / Chuck’s Perfect Plans
Additionally, some great titles for the older kids in your life:
And where I should probably hang out this week… 😛
Have you ever told a white lie to your children?
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