Let’s face it, we all lie.
White lies is a minor, harmless, polite lie. We use them to make other feel better about themselves (Santa Claus is coming!), to get us out of uncomfortable situations (No you don’t look fat in that outfit!), to make our life easier for parents (the park is closed today) or to lead someone off the trail of a surprise. Young kids make up stories so that they learn the difference between fact and fiction, while older kids sometimes lie to cover for each other or to stay out of trouble. As long as the lies are not meant to hurt anyone, they can lead to wonderful surprises…..or NOT!
Birthday are a time for celebrating as a family. In my family, we love buying gifts, making cards, baking cakes and surprising the birthday boy or girl with a very special day. Today was DH’s birthday. He is one of the HARDEST people to surprise. Whether he reads my ever-telling facial expression when I attempt to tell a while lie or catches a whisper on the wind, he always seems to know what is going. Having kids involved in the surprise, makes it tens times harder!
This birthday, we wanted to surprise Daddy with a birthday cake. He works on Saturdays, so it gave us the perfect opportunity to bake and decorate the cake while he was at work. The whole time we were making the cake, I emphasized to my DD3, DS7 and DS9 that this was a surprise cake and they couldn’t tell daddy. Everyone agreed that it would be fun to pretend we forgot his birthday. They had grand ideas about what they were going to tell him and how they were going to lead him off track. The minute DH walked in the door DD3 ran up to him and said “We didn’t put sprinkles on anything!”. So much for our little white lie!
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire:
Here are some Netflix Favourites to help shed to Tips, err LIGHT on lying!
For your little kids:
- 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
For your big kids:
- Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action!
- H2O: Just Add Water
- Mean Girls
- iCarly: S1, E12: iPromise not to Tell
And for teens and parents: