One day at the mall, my 3-year-old daughter bumped into a pregnant woman and her husband. She turned around, took one look at the husband’s large belly and said, “Are you having a baby too?” Luckily, he was a good sport and laughed, but I was mortified. When we got home, I told M what she said might have hurt the man’s feelings. She looked up at me with her big blue eyes and said, “But Mommy, you always told me to tell the truth.” I couldn’t argue with that.
When kids are little, they have no filter. While the truth does come flying out of their mouths, so do the fibs. My son refused to ever admit he had a dirty diaper. C blamed the smell on the dog, his dad or his teddy bear. I once got a phone call from my daughter’s Jr. K teacher saying M bit her own arm and blamed it on another girl. When I confronted her, M said she didn’t do it and the teacher was crazy. Did I raise a couple of liars or was this just kids being kids?
Adults Speak the Truth… Sometimes
One thing my business partner and I find extremely important is transparency. When communicating with our suppliers and vendors, we want the truth. Even if it means we may have to make changes, we don’t want any surprises. Designing our kids’ swimwear line, we were aware of child safety laws and made sure we didn’t have any small or removable items that could be hazardous to the little ones. No buttons, clasps or long strings that could potentially harm them. We’d never sacrifice safety for design. Honestly!
As part of these blogs I write, I’m ending each one with a Mommalie (Momma “lie” pronounced Mommalee) Most of them are tall tales and fibs that make absolutely no sense, but we all say them. Yes, you do too. “Your face is going to freeze like that” is a good one. Catch my drift?
In honor of National Honesty Day, tell us the truth. We want to know what you think about KTDSwim. Actually, we’d rather hear it straight from your kids. Tell us the first thing that comes out of their mouths, and if it’s obscene and you are searching for the right words, here’s an oldie but goodie.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”