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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Little Liars

I have some skilled fibbers among my offspring.  A couple years back, a mystery child downed an entire (mostly full) jar of gummy bear vitamins.

I was mortified when I saw the empty, supposedly child proof, jar and called Poison Control.  After they assured me my child might become a little ill but was not about to die, I redirected my efforts towards finding the thief.

Dani was almost five and Evie was three at the time.  The baby, Mase, was not a likely candidate.  Surprisingly, nobody fessed up.  Dani was the girl with the extensive criminal history so I started to go for a confession.

"Dani, I saw who stole the gummy bears."

(In retrospect, lying myself probably wasn't the best tactic, but I wanted to make sure my over gummied kid was OK.)

My daughter still held her ground for at least a good half hour.  Impressive, but not completely convincing.  She had pulled off an hour long denial before and had been found GUILTY.

I then, a bit more gently, grilled my, normally innocent, Evie.  I promised her I would not be mad.  I just needed to know.  She tried to hold out like a pro, but finally gave in to the pressure. "I ate the gummy bears. I loved them."

Yesterday, a new culprit decided to test out the waters of deception.   Unfortunately for my now toddler, Mase, his first attempt was not so successful.   

"Mom, Daxy made big mess.  Look!"
"Mase, Dax is in his high chair.  He did not make that mess."
"Who made mess???"
"You did Mase."
Ya, me made mess.  Sawy Mom."

I think he's got some potential though.

Grateful Mom Goal of the day:  Lots of love for my newest little liar and, most likely, a few time-outs too. 

Cherry Juice Concentrate

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16 Comments:

At April 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Trisha said...

So glad everyone was ok! I would have totally freaked out if I found an empty bottle.
Oh the art of lying!! I do the same thing! Its only worked a couple times when I have said " I saw who did it" & hope they'll admit it. Mine are so stubborn! (unfortunatly a trait they get from me)

 
At April 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

I was laughing through your whole post, very funny. I'm glad your gummie theif was fine and able to lie another day! My special needs daughter has an extremely hard time talking yet a few years ago she did manage to try to blame her brother for something I knew she did! My children are why I laugh everyday! Thanks for another great post, I really enjoy your site.

 
At April 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

Ah, liars. How do you stop that? But that's a funny story. I love it when the kids try to blame the baby. Um, really? Do better kiddo!

 
At April 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

LOVE it! Buddie was a horrendous little liar ... and then I started getting him in trouble for things I knew he probably didn't do ("...because," I told him, "I don't know if you're telling me the truth or not so I just have to assume you did it."). He quickly figured out that, if he lied, he may sometimes get away with something, but he also might get in trouble for things he really didn't do. And [whew!] the lying stopped. So when Goldie started up about the same age, I figured I'd have the right tactic. Except she's a whole 'nother story -- I think she likes the storytelling aspect of lies more than the getting out of trouble part. (What did you play at recess? Weeeellll, Mom .... and off she goes... maybe she's be a writer?)

Another wonderful post ... yeah!

Don't you *LOVE* kids

 
At April 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Lol kids crack my up. You never know what they will come up with/do.
I really would have freaked out if I had found an empty bottle. Glad everything turned out ok.

 
At April 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Leda said...

I love your stories, they take me back a few years, now that I'm a grandma. I will be sharing your darling blog with my daughters and neices that are in the same 'boat' as you right now. I'm a new follower...who will be bringing more along with me!

 
At April 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM , Blogger Mrs E said...

One of those occasions that's maddening (the mess/thieving) but still funny-ish in the way they handled it.

 
At April 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM , Blogger The Suburban Princess said...

Ah! I saw the picture and thought it was blood! Thank god it was just juice!

And I'm glad to hear I am not the only one who has called Poison Control. I had to call them several months back when I discovered that my toddler had eaten some of the Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gel out of our potty. Ugh.

Turns out, he was fine. I think that maybe those people have a hotline just to laugh at us parents.

 
At April 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Sandra's Fiberworks said...

Ahh, fibbing. We have that too. But my little fibber. My favorite was when he didn't know how the little tiny Batman from store got into his pocket...magic.

 
At April 16, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger M and D said...

Can I just say I think you are HILARIOUS and I know we would be great buddies if we lived near each other!!! Thanks for the laughs...Motherhood really is something :)!

 
At April 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Maegan said...

My guy is 18 months and I know these "not me's" will be here soon. He already tests the waters and pushes our buttons every day ...

Maegan :)

 
At April 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Annette said...

How big was the jar? I used to buy the bulk one at Costco and would totally freak if I found it empty like that! Glad everyone was okay!

Is it bad that I'm impressed with your kids' ability to hold out on confessing? The longest my kids were ever able to do that was ten minutes, tops! ;-)

 
At April 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM , Anonymous HappyMom said...

LOL!!! I love your daughters comment about how she LOVED them....so cute...how did you not laugh??? Ahhhh kids....

 
At April 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I have my 7yo convinced I know everything so she doesn't even try to cover her tracks. I doubt this will last long though.

I can't believe Dani held out for a half hour with her fib.

 
At April 18, 2011 at 6:01 AM , Blogger CRAP Mamma said...

Oh that's hillarious, thankfully it was just vitamins and nothing more sinister. I once found an empty jar of homeopathic teething tablets. My then 4 year old thought the chalky little tablets were wonderful. He 'fessed' up straight away when I asked him - it didn't help his case when I found him with the empty container in his possession lol!!!
Just found your blog through Blog Farm. Jacqui

 
At April 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Blogger thingsthatkeepmesane.com said...

I think we're living the same life:)

 

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