I know I've told my kids things that may not be fully true to get them to do (or not to do) something. I'm more guilty of embellishing or making a bigger deal out of something. For instance, "eating boogers could make you very sick. You could end up in the hospital. Plus, no one will want to kiss you...EVER."
It's tough love, but seriously, it's disgusting. I'd rather scare them away from doing it (which I'm still struggling with) than have them picked on throughout High School for what they did in Kindergarten. It happens.
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I remember my parents telling me things like "We know you peeked at your Hanukkah presents because we had a tape recorder and heard you." Yes. Tape recorder. Not voice activated. Those weren't invented yet. Just a 30 minute tape. What are the chances? I DIDN'T PEEK? This never got me but always rang true to my little brother who would then confess. Sucker.
I also remember, as a teenager, finding a smoking substance in my father's safe.
I may have "tried it".
When my dad found it missing, he explained to my older brother and I that it was laced with something that would cause our hair to fall out and we could possibly go blind.
That didn't work either.
I took my chances.
I figured he'd feel a LOT worse if either of those things did happen, for having in the house to begin with, and the punishment wold be less. It turned out that either I was immune or... It wasn't true to begin with.
What lies do you tell your kids, if any? What good ones did your parents tell you?
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Oh my gosh, I told my nieces to never lie in my house because there were big hooks in the upstairs ceiling. In old days kids who lied were put on the hooks by their parents until they told the truth.It worked until they were about 10 and got the nerve to go check it out. LOL
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