By The Wiz
This is a guest post by Andrea Wright, a stay at home mom with three kids.
The other day I remembered an exchange between my then 2 ½ year old, Anna, and me. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in sunny Arizona. We had just finished a presidency meeting at my house. My kids and I walked my friends out to the porch where we said goodbye. As I turned to go back inside I was horrified to realize the door was locked. Hmmn, my husband was out of town, I was (fortunately) holding my newborn, and the afore-mentioned toddler was inside with the entire house at her unsupervised disposal. I felt a rising panic inside, but tried to remain calm. I pounded on the door, rang the door-bell, and yelled – all to no avail. A young man from my ward walked up wanting to collect fast-offerings. I had to tell him that I was currently locked out and assuming I ever got inside would pay at church.I walked to the back of my house where there were several big windows and a door, also locked. I could see Anna lying on her stomach, chin resting on her hands, casually perusing a book. When I knocked on the glass, she looked up at me and smiled impishly, then went back to her reading. I pounded on the door and started yelling that she better let me in. I tried every threat I could think of. She completely ignored all of it. Finally, an idea came to me. In a very nice tone I yelled that if she let me in I would give her a cream-saver (her favorite candy). She jumped up, ran to the door and unlocked it. I walked in and as she looked at me in eager anticipation for her treat, I said in a not so nice tone, “IF YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING A CREAM-SAVER, YOU ARE SADLY MISTAKEN!” She was mad and I was glad. Ha, ha, ha, I had won. Then I realized that my opponent who I was feeling so smug about out-witting was 2. Then I was a little bit ashamed of myself for the lack of integrity I had just demonstrated to my daughter as well, but hey all’s fair in love and war and this was both. So, what do you think, are we ever justified in lying to our kids? Ever been out-smarted by your 2 year old?