Friday, January 17, 2014

Con Artist

First, I must tell you that boy child has been home from school two days now with strep throat.  He has been miserable, but finally on the mend.  This morning, while getting ready for school, girl child professes that her belly hurts.  This comes on the heels of my announcement that for lunch, the cafeteria would be serving chili, cheese sticks, crackers, salad and fruit.  I'm not going to lie; normally, I would allow her to take her lunch on days where the lunch is less than stellar, but we have no food.  I haven't been grocery shopping so we are out of all the necessities including but not limited to bread, milk, peanut butter, lunch meat...you get the point.  We do, however, still have toilet paper, so all is good!  Since her ailment came after the chili conversation, I knew she was fibbing. 


On to school we went.  I did my two hours of Title 1 reading and just as I am about to get in my car and go home to relieve my mother of infirmary duty, I get a text from the school secretary notifying me that girl child had puked in the bathroom and is in the nurse's office.  Mom of the year award, right.here.  So, slough off to the nurse's office to fetch my poor child that I had deemed a liar just a few hours earlier, eat crow and apologize for not believing her. 


 

I mean, how could I have misjudged that sweet little face this morning so horribly?  Off to home we go.  I make her chicken noodle soup to treat her ailing tummy and tell her just to lay on the couch and get some rest.  All the while, I'm hoping and praying that I come out of this deal unscathed1  About an hour later, I realize she is keeping the soup down, hasn't complained one time about her stomach hurting and has her normal color.  As soon as I began questioning her, I know she has duped me, and her teacher, annndddd the nurse.  She tries to first tell me that she "thought" she threw up but that it might have just been a little mucus (gross, I know).  Ah huh, I see. 

My six year old is a con artist.  She had to REALLY want to stay home.  It took her three hours to convince someone she was sick enough to miss school. If that's not perseverance, I don't know what is! 

On to the punishment.  She is grounded from all electronic devices for a week.  She had to fold the towels and put them away and switch the loads of laundry.  Additionally, she had to clean her room and clean the sink in the bathroom.  I also made her write her teacher a letter admitting that she lied, that she knew she was wrong and it wouldn't happen again.  Probably the worst punishment of all though is she is not allowed to eat her candy that her Aunt gave her yesterday!

Forget terrible two's, we are at the six and full of tricks.  Who knows what the teen years will bring!





23 comments:

  1. Ha! I am impressed that she was able to pull that off!

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    1. I know right! This kid has a future in sales.

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  2. Great post, I recall many years ago my daughter had been vomiting over the week-end.I worked in a Children's Home so I told a white lie saying I'd had a sore throat and would be in next day (As I didn't have anyone to care for my daughter) I was told I needed a doctor's note to explain my day off work. I went to the doctor's, told him about the "Sore throat", on looking he exclcaimed what a bad throat I had, needed anti biotics and a week off work. By the time I reached home I felt dreadful. I had a bad dose of the flu............no more whilte lies about health issues they seem to back fire.
    Yvonne.

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    1. And that is exactly why I don't use the sick excuse! It always bites you I'm the rear!

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  3. Wow, she went all super elaborate on you. Better watch out for the teen years indeed.

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    1. I know! Her performance was Golden Globe worthy.

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  4. What an adorable little faker. I have a four footed one that will on occasion fake needing to barf to expedite an outdoor trip no one else is convinced he needs.

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  5. Oh my, this sound horrifyingly familiar. And would think that such an adorable young girl could be such a con artist.

    Oh and the teenage years. Good luck with that one. I have a 25 year old son who lives with me and still I fall for his cons :)

    A best actress Oscar to your daughter..

    Gary :)

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    1. So what you're saying is, it doesn't get any better!

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    2. It does eventually get better. Sometimes, my son will almost start up a conversation. On a good day, he grunts twice :) All will be fine, I state convincingly!

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  6. Smart kid!! You're in trouble!! ha

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  7. Your daughter is too cute to stay mad at! I'm impressed with how well you handled the situation, and I have a feeling she won't fib again anytime soon. Hope that your son feels better.

    Julie

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    1. Thank you! We have to be creative with punishment for her because some stuff just doesn't work!

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  8. Eat crow?
    The chili was that bad, huh?

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    1. It used to be barely edible but I haven't actually experienced the chili recently!

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  9. Hahahaha. Leslie...you said "who knows what the teen years will bring?"

    You do...think back to your teen years...and, well - yeah. :)

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    1. True and that makes me very, VERY scared!

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  10. Buckle your seat belt because I can say from experience that as a parent you're in for a bumpy ride.

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  11. Yeah... the teen years are abundant here. Have to say, they are not even sneaky. They just ask to stay home, "mental health day" we call it. It rarely works for them but they try. However, they are both on the honor roll and on the day they have the honors breakfast I let them skip school and we go out to breakfast (it's always on Wednesday, my day off). This last time, he was excited about our "deal" and told the vice principal that he was going out to breakfast and to play hookie. Then quickly added, "But I'm not supposed to tell you that." :)

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