Yesterday, when Addison woke up from her nap, she seemed sheepish.
Under bashful eyes, she said, " Mom, I need to tell you the truth..." Uh-oh.
I knew something was up. Addison has been telling a few lies lately to get out of trouble, and we have been trying to tell her that if she tells the truth, her consequences will be less severe. I knew she had calculated this risk because she immediately followed with, "Will I get in trouble?"
I can't remember how exactly I responded, but she eventually told me that she got out of her bed during her nap. I asked her why, and she said, " to get the purple marker..." Then she said, "you know how we are only supposed to write on paper?... Well, I forgot that rule, and I wrote on Dora."
I said, "why?"
She lifted Dora's shirt and replied, "because she needed a belly button and 2 boobs."
And there were 3 purple anatomically and proportionately correct circles on Dora's chest.
Ii thought, "What in the world? This is so hilarious...and yet so wrong. How do I discipline this child?"
I flashed back to when I was her age and drew eyelashes on my collector Raggedy Ann doll and when I got caught, I tried to blame it on my 6 month old baby sister. And I thought, she does have a point. At least she told the truth.