Thursday, September 10, 2009

Broccoli: The Newly Discovered Truth Serum

They were lying.



My oldest proved his lying ways (of the last two days) when he tried to tell me that there was a birthday party at school and they had broccoli so he didn't have to eat his broccoli for dinner.

Oldest son: Mommy, we had a birthday party at school today and there were cupcakes, cookies, and broccoli. So, I've already had my broccoli for the day so I don't think I need to eat this broccoli at dinner.

Me: Oh, really? Well, I'll be sure to talk to Mrs. Warner and thank her and the mommy that brought it for serving such a nutritious snack.

Oldest son: Oh. Wait. I'm not sure if we had broccoli. I can't remember now.

Me: Well, you better tell me the truth because I'm going to ask Mrs. Warner tomorrow and if you're lying, you're going to get in bigger trouble than if you just told me the truth right now.

Oldest son: So if I tell you right now, I won't get in trouble?

Me: Oh, you'll still get in trouble, but you'll be in bigger trouble for not telling me the truth until later.

Oldest son: I don't think we had broccoli, Mom.

Uh, huh.

Which led to another conversation about the stinkin' ice cream cones.

Me: Who ate the ice cream cones, son?

Oldest: Hannah did, Mom.

Me: Remember what we just talked about? You better be telling me the truth. I will find out eventually.

Oldest: Luke and Hannah did it.

Me: Did you have one, too? (Insert evil eye glare, here.)

Oldest: Yes, Mom.

Uh, huh.

Needless to say, they lost the privilege of going to the first night of Explorer's (Awana's equivalent) and they had to go to bed right after dinner. No playing with Daddy, no tv shows, and no friends.

We'll see how that works out for us.

The worst part is that I feel awful for having lying kids. Like I'm doing a rotten job.

I'm sorry that I can't teach them everything they need to know about life before they need to know it. I'm only kind of sorry that they have to suffer the consequences for bad decisions.

I'm sorry that they are evil reprobates. (Just ask John McArthur).
I'm sorry that Eve ate that darn apple.
Eve better be sorry, too, dang it!!!!
I'm sorry they are born with a sinful nature.

I'm so thankful they have a Savior.

Oh, Lord...someday, they'll know.

Grace, grace, grace,'s my new mantra.


  1. A very cute story! Don't feel badly that they tell lies! Sounds like you are already doing an amazing job! No matter how hard we try sometimes kids do things like this. My toddler has told a lie or two recently. The only thing we can do is make sure they learn from it! But I think you are doing a wonderful job! Have a great day and thanks for the cute story! It really made me smile!

  2. They are creative if anything. You will have to tell them that one when they are adults! How do kids figure out how to lie anyways? I think they will think twice before lying again, atleast for awhile:)

  3. Yah - I've decided your don't want my thoughts on this....the snitchee always remembers the snitcher...come on laugh, you know that was funny! And only you know what I am talking about...dont' ya?!? LOL I bet they looked cute telling those most creative stories bout their sister and his class! Loverly!

  4. Way too funny!! And man all kids lie dont worry about it! I remember lying about things like that all the time! I think I still do! haha~! Oh and you can have half my hair on my head there sure is enough of it! :)

  5. Carrie, we all know your kids are evil reprobates. But don't let that concern you, because so are everyone else's kids. And BTW, I don't think it is ever too soon to share Rev. 21:8 with them, or any other Bible verse. I say show them the FEAR of the Lord :)

  6. I love your posts, and I think I need to print them out to refer back to them when Colson gets a little older and tries some of this stuff.


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