lying to children
Mom: What do you want to drink?
Daughter: I want coke.
Mom: They don't have coke.
Daughter: But I want coke!
Dad: Get her pepsi and tell her it's coke! She won't know the difference.
Mom: Here you go, honey. It's coke.
Daughter: This is not coke!
Mom: It is coke!
Daughter: No, it's not! I can tell!
Mom: Anna, you can not tell! It is coke!
Me: *thinking* Um, that's not coke and you are repeatedly lying to your child.
Next day. Different family.
Son: Look mom! Red berries!
Mom: Yep, but we can't eat them.
Son: Why not?
Mom: They aren't ready yet.
Me: *thinking* Or cause they're poisonous. Yep, that would have been a better answer.
Please, don't lie to your kids. Even if the truth will take a couple words longer, it will help them know they can always believe you.
Also, two choices is enough for any child.
"What would you like to drink?" Seemingly endless (but actually limited) choices.
"Would you like sweet tea or chocolate milk?" Enough choice so that your child gets to feel in charge, but not enough to lead to an argument where you give them imaginary coke.
Yes, this is parenting advice from someone who doesn't have any children, but I do raise children for a living, so I pretend my opinion counts for something.
And, since I don't have a picture for this post and that's lame; Here is one of my kiddos.