The Lying Game
Did you ever wonder how to teach your children not to lie? I had such a chuckle when my daughter Amy relayed the following story to me.
My 4-year-old granddaughter Molly asked her mother Amy for snack late in the day. Amy asked her if she had a one earlier. Molly said, “No, mommy.” “Ok then you can have a snack,” Amy said and as she opened the garbage to throw out something. However, she noticed the remains of a snack eaten earlier in the day. Amy proceeded to tell Molly the story about the boy who cried wolf, a tale I told her and my mother told me. If you do not tell the truth people will not believe you when you are telling the truth.
As a result of Molly’s fallacy, she was not allowed to have dessert after dinner. During dinner, her Daddy was telling a story about work and mentioned something about fees and bill outs and how one company charged more for services and the fee was not real, which upset him. Molly calmly turned to her mother and said, “That’s not honest. Do I get two desserts now?” Who would have thought she would have comprehended this? Amy and I were laughing hysterically for ten minutes when she repeated this story to me.
What fascinates me is how a young mind works. Even as grandparents we must think about our words when we spend time with our grandchildren. They are learning and so are we. It is so much fun and I look forward to hearing from my daughter each day as she tells me more stories about her girls.