Being a parent is hard work.
That is something that noone tells us beforehand.
Sure, we hear about how wonderful parenthood is…..how a sweet little baby will suddenly make everything else we have ever done seem totally insignificant. How we will never know what love is until we hold our baby for the first time. How rewarding it is to know you are raising a child to someday be an important influence in the world.
All that stuff is 100% true.
They don’t tell you about your kid sliding notes to you under the bathroom door when all you want is 3 minutes to yourself. They don’t tell you that you don’t know the meaning of the word “insanity” until you’ve heard “Swiper, no swiping”, for the 567th time in one week. They don’t tell you about the military training you will need to stealthily avoid any and all types of toys during a visit to Walmart for groceries.
And they don’t tell you about the lies.
Once you become a parent, you become a liar. It’s unavoidable. I’m sure there are some parents out there, the ones who have read all the parenting books, and have their kids on some special vegan diet, who never lie to their children. But not me.
I lie. I lie a lot.
For example: the line ” it must be nice to be a kid….you don’t know how good you’ve got it”. This is a lie that most of us tell our children at some time or another. In all reality, none of us would be a kid again even if we were paid to. Being a kid means having a bedtime, eating stuff you don’t like, homework, and, at some point in your elementary school career, being stuck sitting next to a kid that picks his nose and eats paste. No thank you, I’ll pay my taxes and clean my house with a smile on my face before I go back to that mess.
Because my son cannot read yet, I often lie about what things say. For instance…maybe we are driving past Toys R US…and my son asks if we can go in and look at toys. I already know that a simple “no” is going to get a “why?” or a pout…or a “but you don’t have to buy me anything” (which is something kids say just to get in the door…everything changes after that point). So, to make things easier on myself I will say ” Oh man…I would but they are closed…sorry hon”.
My son…ever observant will then tell me, “but there are cars in the parking lot”.
“Well,” I reply, “of course there are….that sign right there says “only open for workers today who need to stock the shelves. See? Those must be all the worker’s cars.”
“Oh, okay. Can we go next time they are open?” my son will then ask.
“Sure sweetie…but that may be awhile…the sign says something about doing a big cleaning that could take a few weeks.”
And with this, a whole scene, complete with begging, pleading, and possibly a few tears, was totally avoided.
Lying is evil…I know. But the cold hard reality is, that as a parent, lying is sometimes a necessary evil. I just wish that someone had told me this ahead of time…I could have come up with some better ones.
Something I never lie about is my cookies. I have told you before, if I give you a cookie recipe from my special stash….that is the equivalent of handing you a pile of solid gold bricks. Okay, not really. But, my cookies are really, really good. So…..unless you dislike having tons of the highest compliments heaped upon you…make these cookies soon.
2 sticks softened margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Reeces Pieces
Heat oven to 350.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and Reeces Pieces.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 9 minutes. Do not over bake, cookies will still be soft upon removing from oven. Cool slightly then remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack.
These are loved by kids and lying adults alike. Enjoy!!