Saturday, January 12, 2008


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Our three year old has recently taken up a new past time: Extreme Honesty.

Oh, yes, it can be brutal, my friends.

She has been known to point directly at an unsuspecting bystander and say in a loud voice, "You have BIG TEETH!" She recently asked me, "Why is your stomach still FAT when you don't have a baby in there anymore?"


You need nerves of steel to live with someone practicing Extreme Honesty. When I told the toddler that she had made a pretty picture, KatieBug, said matter-of-factly, "No, Mommy, that is not pretty. She scribbled. It is ugly."

I saw the toddler brushing her hair and commented, "Oh! Pretty!" and Katie Bug looked puzzled and said, "Her hair does NOT look pretty today!"

When we were watching and discussing a commentary on one of the debates, she said, "I want that fat one to win."

What this means for you is that if you see us walking toward you at WalMart and you happen to be having a bad hair day, walk away. Just walk away.

She isn't trying to be rude or mean. She just has definite opinions about things and believes all of us would benefit from hearing them. I don't know where she gets it.



Harmony said...

When I told the toddler that she had made a pretty picture, KatieBug, said matter-of-factly, "No, Mommy, that is not pretty. She scribbled. It is ugly."

That sounds like something I said as a toddler. During Sunday School class (I was about 3, I think?), we were drawing pictures. The teacher was praising a boy next to me, telling him that his picture was very nice. Here's what I said:
"No it's not. But you can tell him that you appreciate the effort."

Apparently the teacher thought it was amusing enough to recount the story to my parents. During that same honesty phase, we went to the circus with that same Sunday School teacher. I apparently told her that she was bigger than an elephant. To this day, both of those stories get repeated at family gatherings. I expect the same will be said of your KatieBug. Poor girl. At least she's not alone. ;)

OneHappyfamily said...

I love that. We have a Katee and we call her Kateebug too. I don't know how I found your blog, but I love reading it. I have a friend our age and she just delivered #9 last week! Love that... My Katee is 7 and a few weeks ago at volleyball she asked her classmates mother if she was her grandma. Thankfully she laughed about it, since she did start her family a little later in life. Cute stuff.

Jenn said...

check out my blog for a wonderfully similar story, at my expense.

Nikki said...

HAHAHA!! Fortunately, knock on wood, we haven't yet experienced public displays of honesty.

Holly said...

Oh, how cute. Really! :)

My favorite toddler sayings: "Your breath sure does stink!"

"Mommy, why are your teeth so yellow?"

"Why is she so fat?"


"My Grandma cuts the heads off of fish and eats them." (Said to a check out person.)

Kara said...

That is hilarious! My "honesty is the best policy" seven year old informed my Dad that his breath was smelling better than it normally does...geez no one is safe!

And I've been meaning to tell you for Christmas I got the coolest apron. Mrs. Smockity is very talented!!

Heather said...

Ahhh! The extreme honesty phase - so delightfully embarrassing! Make you want to crawl under the table and hide!

We have tried to instill the idea that not every thought you think needs to end up on your tongue - but since bridling the tongue is a life long discipline, we simple urge the children to keep it loving!

As mum always says 'if you don't have anything nice to say - just be quiet!'

Vida said...

Oh, how funny! Thanks for the good laugh. We always enjoy your site.
~ Vida, Ashley, and Ruth

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