Let's be honest, our kids aren't the most convincing liars at the best of times - but here's one way to catch them out, without fail.
The other day I found black pencil squiggles all over our beige couch.
“Sam, did you do this?” I asked, pointing the crime out to my little guy who can only do squiggles.
“No … ” he replied in a little but clearly guilty voice.
“Then if you didn’t, who did?” I said accusingly.
Sam thought about it and then gave me this considered response:
“The pencil is magical! The magical pencil did it!”
It was too cute for me not to smile.
But that said, I did still banish his favourite dinosaur for two nights as a consequence, after I told him I don’t like lying and that pencils are NOT magical.
The marks came out
Thankfully with a bit of stain remover on the cushion covers and a wash, the pencil marks all came out (and yes, I am VERY happy he didn’t get his chubby little mitts on permanent marker instead.)
But this isn’t the hero of this story.
I discovered this funny trick
As often happens when we are thinking about something, this couldn’t-be-more-relevant meme popped up in my Facebook feed that same day:
Bwahahaha, I thought.
So, naturally, I tried it out.
I sat Sam down and told him I needed to tell him something.
“Sweetheart, did you know that I can always tell when you’re lying, like with the pencil on the couch?” I said.
“I can because your ears turn red!” I informed him.
“Oh …” he said.
Five hours later
Then, just before dinner time when he knows he can’t have a snack because it will spoil his appetite, I heard the rustle of plastic.
“Sam, do you have a muesli bar under that blanket?” I asked.
“No …” he said.
THEN COVERED HIS EARS!!!
This article originally appeared on Babyology.
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