All Blog Posts
Goosie and Bonkers
I'm glad I don't have kids I'd have to lie to about that stuff. I hope though my brother doesn't buy my nieces any goldfish because they always seem to die real quick.
By: PT Dilloway on December 13, 2013
Of course I lied to my kids--doesn't EVERYBODY?
By: fishducky on December 13, 2013
It's Christmas time. Santa is lurking. Of course we've lied to our kids. Who doesn't perpetuate Santa? The Tooth Fairy? Etc. :) This kind of reminds me of a moment of truth with my son when he was around 4. We were eating chicken for dinner and he thought he had come up with a brilliant concept. "Hey, I just realized.. there's two kinds of chicken in the world - the one you eat and the animal!" Uh oh. I waited until after dinner to explain. And to inform him about what pork is. And beef. It occurred to me that chicken was the only meat that wasn't called something different than the animal name - hence his thought process.
By: Hilary on December 13, 2013
Oh my, I never would have been able to think so quickly.....that's great. Of course I think everyone omits the truth with kids. We had a dog named Herbie and he used to jump the fence. We lived not far from a McDonalds and he went there for the French fries. One day I found him deceased by the side of the road, poor critter. I told my daughter that I guessed Herbie like someones fries so well that he went home with them. I felt horrible but like you I just couldn't face a 4 year old with the death thing. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on December 13, 2013
laughing out loud! chicken!
By: TexWisGirl on December 13, 2013
Hmmm, that reminds me of my own fish story. But I would never lie about it, (he lied).
By: tom sightings on December 13, 2013
At least you didn't embellish and say that they ran away to the farm with the family dog and plenty of space to run and swim freely. I'm sure I've lied to kids many times, so many that I can't think of any stories right now. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on December 13, 2013
To preserve a child's innocence and my sanity... I've told some of the truth.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 13, 2013
I think the most traumatic event was when our pet turtle got eaten by my visiting brother's dog. We were out of town and he called me to give me the bad news...I immediately burst into tears and my son Paul asked me what the problem was....I lied and told him the turtle had expired from natural causes. He was upset of course, but once we got home we got a new turtle and he was ok with that. Needless to say we kept the turtle away from Buster the dog. We also had a goldfish that lived for about 8 years or so before taking a nap. Love your stories Stephen!
By: Kathe W. on December 13, 2013
A great post, Stephen. I'm sure I must have lied to protect the feelings of a child at one time or another. Yes. ;)
By: Michael Manning on December 13, 2013
Well, i couldn't lie to them about death -- none of our pets were flushable.
By: mimi on December 13, 2013
Explaining the concept of death to a child can be very difficult. It needs right words so that the child develops right attitude towards that thing. I bought 2 goldfish 2 weeks back. My very first pets! I named them Tunnu and Molly. Tunnu unfortunately breathed his last after just 5 days. He wasn't a healthy one. Molly is doing good. I feel like I could relate a little to this post...coz it involves goldfish who died :)
By: Manju on December 13, 2013
So many fish died. What the hell was in your water? You know you needed to feed them, right?
By: LL COOL JOE on December 13, 2013
My mom lied to me. My brother captured a wild frog and brought it home. I wanted the frog in my room overnight and Mom agreed to my surprise. Next morning, froggie was gone. She explained that frogs can get out of anything and that it had probably gone back to the pond and we should leave it there. Years later I realized she put it in my room because I'm a heavy sleeper and she could sneak in and let the frog go. Clever, eh?
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on December 13, 2013
Yes, I have told a few little lies, not big ones like you did!
By: red on December 13, 2013
But having fish die every week isn't normal. I had goldfish that lived for years. Maybe someone was feeding them something they shouldn't have? There was definitely something fishy going on there...
By: Lexa Cain on December 13, 2013
Lies? I call it "storytelling."
By: Pixel Peeper on December 13, 2013
Yes and still do! I also replaced a goldfish or two, but I did have better luck, several lived for two years or more. Had to change and clean the tank periodically, and need an aerator...pain in the butt, still as far as pets go, pretty cheap and easy.
By: Cranky on December 13, 2013
I leave the lying to my husband. One son still thinks the soft black-and-white bunny that tunneled out of his "natural habitat" my husband built, rather than keep him in a centuries-tested hutch, is still hopping around the grounds, making soft half-black-and-white baby bunnies. When in reality, dogs ripped him to shreds three days after his escape. I wish he had just told me the lie, too.
By: Val on December 13, 2013
I am a hard-nosed old bitch and would have told him right away the first time. But my mom killed my goldfish by cleaning the bowl and boiling the water after we brough them home ... she never replaced them. I am married to a man who studied fisheries biology, so we are pretty practical about fin life in this house.
By: Tabor on December 14, 2013
Outside of the obvious Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy, not that I can remember, but in all honesty I'm sure I told 'em a small white lie or two to spare their feelings.
By: Scott Cody Park on December 14, 2013
When Tom was 3 years old his 7 year old brother told him that Santa Claus wasn't a real person. Tom was furious with me at the time for lying to him. I've just reminded him of this Christmas story and he couldn't stop laughing. He's 24 now!
By: Sharon Bradshaw on December 14, 2013
Note to self: No Goldfish for any grandkids! You handled it well. Just like any other parent who didn't want to see their child hurt. Good job Dad!!
By: Bouncin Barb on December 14, 2013
That's outstanding. I still lie to my children. #1 Lie: I don't have any money. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 14, 2013
I like the old Winston Churchill story. It is (or at least was) not allowed to call someone a liar on the floor of Parliament. So one day Churchill was attacking another member and said he was perpetually guilty of terminological inexactitude.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on December 14, 2013
You big softie! Your story expertly captures the awkwardness of these moments of sharing bad news to our kids. I did think your story might have ended with the discovery that your son was feeding the fish bleach or similar noxious substance (given the rate of mortality in that bowl)!
By: Bryan Jones on December 15, 2013
Their little eyes just tear your heart out and makes you want to protect them always. So difficult.
By: John on December 15, 2013
Well, I've never told a fish story like that! How old was he when he figured it out?
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 16, 2013
AWWWWW...so sweet of you and Mrs. Chatterbox to try and spare your little guy any pain. I honestly don't remember how we handled it but I know we had backyard funerals complete with tiny little boxes...oops I mean caskets. It's tricky teaching kids about loss.
By: Cheryl P. on December 17, 2013
Return to All Blog Posts Main Page