We all lie. Do you agree or disagree? I think it’s natural for really young kids to tell little white lies at they learn the difference between fact and fiction. Older kids sometimes tell lies to cover for each other or to keep themselves out of trouble. As parents, I think it’s fair to say that most of us have experienced at least one of these situations – if not both.
I recently experienced the latter with my oldest son. A couple of weeks ago he had asked me if he could bring his iPod Touch to school. According to him, his teacher said that they were going to have “electronics day” or something along those lines on Friday. Since no notice came home from the teacher, I said no. I had just assumed he wanted to bring it in to fool around with and since the school normally confiscates electronics when they’re not supposed to be there, I didn’t want to see him lose it until the end of the school year in June.
A few days later, I had completely forgotten about it. That Friday came and went, but a little while after the boys had gotten off of the bus, I overheard my little guy asking his big brother about the new wall paper on his iPod, which was a photo of him and one of his classmates.
When I asked my son point blank if he had snuck his iPod to school (despite the fact I told him that he couldn’t), he fessed up right away. As punishment, I took his iPod away for a week, which was basically the equivalent of the end of the world to him, but he understood why and took his punishment like a champ. I am pretty sure he learned his lesson, too.
Speaking of lying…..