Monday, January 26, 2009

Lie to Me

Nutmeg has discovered the power of lying. She's been on a tear all weekend, committing among other sins multiple intrusions into my personal stuff (my jewelry box, my makeup kit) and the refrigerator and freezer (helping herself to ice cream and brownies). And then, you guessed it, totally denying it, despite the fact that her dad is a good enough detective to figure out that it wasn't me who got the ice cream out at 10 in the morning and then put it back in the fridge instead of the freezer.
He's smarter than me. The first time this kind of thing happened, on Friday, I opened the fridge to find a bottle of juice resting on its side on top of a package of raw beef. The juice cap was only partially screwed on and juice was dripping all over the fridge. Naturally, I assumed this was the work of my husband and called him at work to read him the riot act. He was quite insulted, even when I explained that it was just the kind of thing he would do, so how was I to know that it had really been Nutmeg?
As trying as it is to have a 4-year-old lie to your face, it's not unexpected. I remember going through the phase myself, telling my parents that no, I wasn't the one who pulled up their flowers, even as I sat there next to the flowerbed with my hands covered with dirt.
What happened tonight, though, was worse.
PEBBLES lied to me. Honest to God. It was an hour past lights out, and she was still awake, alternately babbling and crying in her crib. I poked my head in the room and asked her if she was poopy, and she looked and me, paused, and then said, "Mmm-hmm."
I changed her diaper, and she was NOT poopy. She made a false poopy alarm just to get sprung from the crib for a few brief moments!
If this is how Nutmeg is corrupting her impressionable young sister now? I can't imagine how it will be when Nutmeg is 14 and Pebbles is 11. Or at least, I don't want to imagine.

1 comment:

Sara said...

We've been going through the same thing ourselves. With Grace, she lies because she thinks she'll get in trouble if she tells the truth. I've been doing my best to teach her that she's better off telling the truth because she'll be in EVEN MORE trouble if she lies.