Well I woke up in a spectacularly foul mood today. How about you?
This just, happens, sometimes. Even the sun peeping out for a bit this afternoon has not improved my mood. Even the prospect of the book giveaway is not cheering me this afternoon. In addition to feeling generally steamed, I am ready to strangle Harper right now.
Do you know what my six-year-old has been doing? Hoarding raisins and fruit snacks in her bedroom. I actually knew about this because she shared her secret with my mother and sister when they were here visiting last week. (Yes children, we really do tell each other everything, sorry for the betrayal.) I didn't bust her right away and actually found it sort of hilarious that she was keeping fruit snacks under wraps. Apparently we are so stingy with the dessert around here that she felt the need to keep some backups at the ready.Although she told my mom and sister that she was saving them for a surprise for me - suspicious since she's surely never seen me actually eat a fruit snack. Anyway I figured a time would come when I'd be able to call her on it, and I was right.
Today Michael told me that he had fruit snacks under his bed. What? So he showed me. I asked where they came from and he told me he got them from Harper. That's right eldest child of mine, your little brother can speak now, think twice about what you show/tell him.
So Michael took me into Harper's room and pulled a pencil case out from under her bed. It was stuffed with fruit snacks. There were also two empty fruit snacks boxes under her bed. And you know what, while I don't want to encourage the children to hide food in their rooms, that isn't the part that bothered me. The lying is what really gets to me.
Lie 1: I don't know where he got them.
Lie 2: He got them from the pantry.
Lie 3: I put the boxes in the recycling last week.
Lie 4: I don't have any more.
(Further coaxing reveals more fruit snacks and raisins in her purse.)
Lie 5: I didn't eat any of them.
Ugh. Even when she knows she's cornered she still lies!
From my experience teaching little kids I know that this is perfectly normal 6-year-old behavior. They panic when they are cornered with their own wrong-doing and tell bold-faced-lies rather than give in to the evidence laid out before them. I know this, but wow, I really hate being lied to.
I think I have said before that I believe it is actually good for kids to think they are getting away with something from time to time. It strengthens their sense of self. So there are a handful of infractions that I will knowingly overlook, but lying is not one of them.
Now comes the tricky part - Matt and I will have to decide on a consequence for the food-stashing-and-lying-about-it. What would you do?
Seriously, don't forget to enter the book giveaway and to tell your friends to come enter. Comments open until Monday!