Ah, lies. I thought I had more time up my sleeve before Ashleigh started learning this ancient art.
She’s now two, and the occasional fib sneaks into her conversational repertoire. But I’m noticing that she doesn’t always do it on purpose.
Sometimes, but not always.
Ashleigh’s lies usually fall into one of these categories:
The ‘I don’t know what you’re saying’ or ‘I have a different word for it’ lie
Friend: Do you want to put your tights on?
Friend: Are you sure? You got them out.
Ashleigh: No. No tights.
Me: Would you like to wear your sock pants, Ashleigh?
Ashleigh: Yes please mummy. Sock pants. No tights.
The ‘I can’t remember’ lie
Me: Did you have fun at swimming?
Me: Did you sing ‘Humpty Dumpty’?
Ashleigh: Yeah, Humpty fall down.
Me: Humpty does fall down! Did you sing ‘Jelly on a plate’?
Cameron: No we didn’t, Ashleigh. Not this week.
Ashleigh: No, no jelly plate. Croco snap.
Cameron: That’s right, we did crocodile snaps.
The white lie
Me: Ashleigh, that was naughty. Now go and say sorry to Bob.
Ashleigh: (sniff) Sorry Bob.
The ‘I want something (right now)’ lie
Me: Ashleigh, would you like some yoghurt?
Ashleigh: Yes please mummy.
Me: Did you wash your hands with daddy?
Ashleigh: Yes mummy. Yoghurt red one please.
Cameron: No you didn’t, Ashleigh. Come on, let’s wash your hands.
(Hand-washing rigmarole follows)
The big fat porky
Me: Are you picking your nose, Ashleigh?
Ashleigh: (with a finger in each nostril) No! Yucky!
Do these lies feature in your household? Do you have any categories to add to this list?