Little white lies …
I’m sure I’m not the only Mother in the world who has fabricated little stories to get my kids to do things. By things I mean eating, personal hygiene and other day to day necessities that sometimes prove challenging with my little sweethearts.
All three of my girls started off being wonderful little eaters. Anything I put in front of them they ate and they were even open to trying new foods. At about the age of two, all that eagerness and willingness dissipated and was replaced with reluctance to even try a new food and decide for themselves whether they liked it or not. So frustrating!
Meal time is my least favourite part of the day. It is when my kids and husband see the beast in me. Grumpy Mommy comes to town three times a day, every day and it’s not pretty. Believe me. Trying to get my two youngest to eat anything these days compares to me … trying to hike up a mountain with my outdoorsy husband. I’m hyperventilating all the way! My oldest daughter’s eating habits pose a different challenge as *eating healthy* are words that are not in her vocabulary and that’s another story.
So you ask … how do I deal?
Simply put, I lie.
Not big lies, just little white ones. The kind hopefully people forgive you for because they’re used to promote a good cause, at least so, in my case.
Here are a few …
Did you know that green vegetables contain a special super vitamin that makes you run, grow and learn faster? It does, really. All three things happen almost instantly too! (I’m sure I’m not totally lying here … veggies are good for you)
Did you know that the little green or red things you see mixed in with food (spices) have special vitamins in them to help make you smarter and stronger? Oh yes!
Did you know that you do most of your growing during the night while you sleep so that’s why it’s important to go to bed early? (I’m pretty sure there is partial truth to this one too)
Did you know that God and Santa watch you all the time and see everything you do, good or bad, so you should always be the best you can be?
When I was a tween, my Mother told me that if you eat green leafy lettuce and veggies you’re breasts would grow. I ate every kind of lettuce and green leafy vegetable I could get my hands on. Turns out, she was bullshitting. Still waiting for the breast to grow. Guess that was one of my Mom’s little white lies.
Amazing what you’ll believe when you’re a kid!
Do you have any little white lies you tell your kids to get them to eat certain things or to help motivate them with activities or daily routine?