My guilt floweth over this evening. You see, I told Baby Girl a lie and even though I felt justified at the time, now I feel a little bad. But I really didn't have a choice... let me explain. Hubby went out and got all the stuff for our Halloween Trunk or Treat from the garage. While he was out there he moved some boxes that were very strategically placed. As in: hiding Christmas presents strategically placed. He forgot to put them back in their special places. So, when Baby Girl and I ran some errands she saw it.
Baby Girl - :::GASP::: What is that?
Me - What is what?
BG- Is that a kitchen?? Is that a kitchen for ME??
Me - :::muttering::: Crud.... Um no. That's not a kitchen. It's an empty box. There's nothing in it.
She burst into tears. When I got a chance I went out and re-hid the box, but she's got a good memory in that sweet little head of hers. The next time we went out...
BG - Where is that kitchen?
Me - Baby Girl, remember? It was an empty box. I threw it away.
BG - You threw away MY KITCHEN??
SIGH. More tears and sobbing about how she will "NEVER EVER GET A KITCHEN". Like I said, I feel justified in my actions, but is a Christmas present something to lie about to my kid? Although if I had told her the truth she would have wanted it RIGHT NOW. And what was I supposed to say?? "Yes Baby, that's your Christmas present. But you have to wait another month and a half before you can have it. Okay?" Yeah.
So - the hard question - do you lie to your kids about things? The more I've thought about this, the more I see where I tell my kids little white lies on various occasions. How can I expect them to be truthful with me if I'm not truthful with them? Perhaps I should continue pondering this when the sun comes up. But really, are there times when it's okay to lie/trick your kids??