4.11.2006

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire!


If you haven't done so already, check out Kristen's post about parenting styles.

"All you ever needed to know about parenting was heckling you from behind or passing you a really stupid note. Yes. I swear. Third grade."

She's right, but I wanted to add an extra category to include moms like me.

The Liar: This parenting style is similar to the bratty eight-year-old who made up stories about things they've done. Kid version: "I didn't go to bed until midnight last night. My mom lets me stay up as late as I want."

Mom version: "Oh sorry honey we can't watch Baby Einstein for the 435th time. The DVD player is broken. (Not) Sorry sweetie, I lost your favorite bedtime story - you know the one we read every single night, over and over. It's gone. (Not) Oops, all the Play-Doh dried up. (Not)


What's your parenting style???

14 comments:

sunshine scribe said...

Oh that couldn't be more true. I think I might be that kind of parent. No honey we don't have any more chocolate chips in the cuppboard (not). No I don't think you can wear that same shirt again today because the washer ate it (not). No I don't think we can go to the zoo today because all the animals are on holiday. (he didn't buy that one)

Juliabohemian said...

I'm making it up as I go.

But, I do believe you have to be consistent and honest (whenever possible)

chelle said...

LOL I forgot about the liar!!! I sue that one occasionally!! I am more of a briber though...If you eat you can watch dora....

misha said...

The Schizophrenic Mama. (You never know who she'll be.)And The Grandma as crack-dealer Mama. (You want everything in the Toys R Us newspaper flyer? The ballet play dance studio? The entire line of Fisher Price Dinosaurs? Here, call grandma...)

Juliabohemian said...

Oh, Schizophrenic Mama was my Mom. We never knew WHAT to expect. One minute she would be acting like she was our pal and the next she'd be screaming bloody murder. We were walking on eggshells all the time.

MamaKBear said...

LOL...lately I'm the Liar one...My 3 year old keeps getting sores on her feet that might start as a small blister, but she can't LEAVE THEM ALONE and picks at them until her feet look horrible!

SO...I've started telling her that if she doesn't leave them alone her feet will fall off!

Nancy said...

Kristen's post was great.

I definitely use the liar technique once in a while -- I think all parents have to have lying in their arsenal as a parenting tool to whip out when there's no other way to go.

Meg said...

I am a liar, but towards my husband:

"Can you please get up with the baby tonight? I was up with her 47 times last night!"

"She screamed all day, that's why I couldn't get anything done around the house."

I prefer to call it exaggeration!

Sandra said...

So am I the only one who tells the kids the slides and swings are sleeping right now, so that we don't have to go to the playground? LOL

I don't call it lying though, I call it STRETCHING the truth, sounds more appealing to me LOL

You better pick up all the toys before you go to bed, otherwise the toy monster will come and eat them while you're sleeping. (NOT NOT NOT). Where do I come up with these things? LOL

Mrs. Chicky said...

Hee hee. Something tells me we'll be seeing a lot of the Liar in the years to come.

Wendy O'Donnell said...

oh lord - i feel like i am juggling the liar and the briber constantly - and sometimes it's the oh-let's-just-make-it-through-another-day mommy tactic...

Nicole said...

I'd like to comment on this more later, when I don't have to cook dinner. But, I wanted to let you know You're Tagged. I realize you've been tagged before, but I think that this one is different.

Nicole said...

I read up on the parenting styles and I would have to go with briber. My kids get candy at least once a day. I use fruit snacks to calm a crying child. Yes, they can blame me when they are heavy as adults and use food for comfort (just like their mom).

the weirdgirl said...

LOL! Oh yeah, I'll probably end up being the Liar. Not that I've had to do this yet but I can picture myself doing it. (And strangely, it's so hard for me to not be honest with adults.)

P.S. I got your tag! I've been tagged twice actually. I'm coverng both of you very soon.