Here's what it might look like if we told kids the blatant truth to their (endless) questions.
It's kind of crazy when you stop and think about all the lies we tell our young kids on a daily basis. And I'm not talking about the big things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny here. I'm talking about the tiny little fibs we make up on a regular basis in order to keep our sanity in check and get our kids out the door.
You know, things like: "The market ran out of chocolate." "Dave & Busters is closed today." "Your Kids Bop CD was stolen." "Steamed broccoli tastes just like candy."
But ever wonder what would happen if we alll just stopped telling lies and started getting real with our kids instead? Story of This Life bloggers Esther and Thad Anderson did. And their latest video called If Parents Were Brutally Honest gives us a hilarious glimpse of what it would be like if we all just said what we wished we could say out loud.
For example, while the family is packed in the car on the road trip, the couple's adorable daughter Ellia innocently tosses out a question from the back seat, one we've all probably heard about a billion times: "Are we almost there?"
But instead of responding with a fictitious 'almost,' Esther decided to go a different way.
"Uh, no," she tells her kid without missing a beat. "Not even close."
Later, when Ellia hands Thad one of her electronic games and asks him if he can fix it, she's met with a sad shake of the head. "I took the batteries outta this thing," her father tells her. "Because it's annoying."
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But my hands-down favorite moment—and also the one that probably scarred poor Ellia for life—comes when Esther is all decked out for a night on the town and her little girl glumly inquires, "Why can I not go on a date with you?
"Oh, honey," her mama tells her. "Because we're going on a date so we can get away from you."
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.