Friday, April 3, 2009

Dots and lies

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. - Robert Bloch

I have wonderful kids. They are well behaved and polite for the most part. They make eye contact when they are speaking to you. My daughter and son are best friends and rarely even argue with each other. I am a proud momma.

When my oldest was 3 she went though a phase of testing. She tried her hand at telling lies. It was frustrating.

I was trying to figure out a creative way to stop the damaging behavior. I am anti-spanking or harming your kids in any way.

One day The View was running in the background. Rosie O'Donald was a co-host at the time. She was dealing with the same issue in her house. She said that she told her kids that when they told a lie they got a bright yellow dot on their forehead. (Light Bulb)

I have now been using that idea for years. The kids crack me up. When they tell a lie they cover their forehead. They think only parents can see it.
Yes, I know that it is not good to lie to your kids. I usually am very careful to tell the truth. When it comes to fairy tales, Santa, Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny I always answer their questions with a question. This is my one place that I fib and I wear the badge with pride.

This is the best lie detector ever! I won't give it up ;)


Smiling Gypsy said...

That is awesome!

cleanaturalady said...

Hopefully, you can keep up the ruse for a couple more years at least.

ErikaRobin said...

That's hilarious and genius! I'm so trying that with the littest one. She'll be a believer.