Monday, July 14, 2008

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

At only three years and 2 weeks old Little Guy is already lying to me.

Case in point. This morning, I was in the bedroom with the baby and I heard Little Guy in the kitchen pantry. Whatever he was touching was crinkly so I suspected he was eating some veggie chips. At 9am. Before breakfast.

Me: What are you doing in there?

LG: (no response)

Me: What are you doing, LG?

LG: I'm in the bathroom pooping.

Me: Are you sure you're in the bathroom pooping?


Me: It sounds like you're in the kitchen.

LG: No, I'm in the bathroom. I have poop!

So I walk over to the kitchen and catch him red-handed in the pantry with the chips.

Me: I thought you said you were in the bathroom.

LG: I am in the bathroom. I'm in the bathroom pooping. (pops a chip in his mouth)

Me: It looks to me like you're eating chips in the pantry.

LG: Nope. Just pooping.

WTF? My kid is a liar, but he's obviously not clear on what happens when one gets caught in a lie. I guess he has a ways to go to learn that part. Unless he really thought he was pooping in the bathroom when he was really eating veggie chips. In which case I probably have a much bigger problem on my hands.

On the bright side, apparently lying at an early age is a sign of intelligence according to this New York Times article:

Indeed, bright kids—those who do better on other academic indicators—are able to start lying at 2 or 3. “Lying is related to intelligence,” explains Dr. Victoria Talwar, an assistant professor at Montreal’s McGill University and a leading expert on children’s lying behavior.

Although we think of truthfulness as a young child’s paramount virtue, it turns out that lying is the more advanced skill. A child who is going to lie must recognize the truth, intellectually conceive of an alternate reality, and be able to convincingly sell that new reality to someone else. Therefore, lying demands both advanced cognitive development and social skills that honesty simply doesn’t require.
“It’s a developmental milestone,” Talwar has concluded.

On the downside, the number one reason why the habit devlops is by watching their parents lie.

Remember that old commercial about smoking weed, "I learned it by watching you, Dad."

Uh, yeah. Well, I guess I shouldn't have told Little Guy that I love his father and then go rip him a new asshole every morning. That's kind of like a lie right? But that's another blog post for another day - the crazy wacko bitch I've become over the last 6 months. I attribute it to postpartum hormones and a nutso elimination diet, that by the way, has really worked wonders on the baby's eczema. I will post pictures and more info on that soon.

Oh and I hope all are well. I no longer visit blogs. Not because I don't want to, but because I'm barely keeping my life afloat. I hope BlogHer is fun this year. *hugs* to all. Miss you.
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