I'm an optimist, generally positive and enthusiastic about pretty much anything, so I usually say that parenting is 90% easy and 10% hard. Sometimes hard is the frustrating parts sometimes the sleep deprivation parts and sometimes just the real stuff that is painful and necessary. We've been having some 10% times lately, and it's hard. Gosh, it is hard.
I want to respect my kiddo's privacy...but I sort of blew that on FB yesterday...anyway, she's having to have her consequences of making something up. She told us she watched Sponge Bob at school which of course we were not at all excited about. So I emailed her teachers asking them about it. The email I got back is actually kind of funny because it's all confused, like "ummm...no we didn't watch Sponge Bob? Because, um...we are like most people and don't think that show is right for little kids?" I put the question marks in there so you can better imagine the tone...it was funny. They must think we are psycho parents.
The whole situation is just a LITTLE aggravating because of the fact that our chickie would just tell us some random thing like that out of the blue.
I'm sure there are all sorts of child development stuff going on here and I'm just as sure that when we had her apologize to each of us for lying and then had her write a letter to her teachers apologizing for lying that I did some kind of permanent psychological damage.
....as long as that ppd also causes a side effect of, oh I don't know, telling the truth maybe? Being honest is a sort of important part of being a successful human adult...and we are in the business of growing successful human adults....who, in addition to being honest, are also kind, hardworking, thoughtful, imaginative, courageous, diligent, healthy, intelligent, secure, independent and who call home at least once a week, have excellent dental hygeine and never date jerks.
Fortunately they seem to have come with most of that programming already installed and it seems like most of our job is to keep the system dust-free and well-maintained...but it's hard. Her little heart is very extremely sad right now writing this note, and watching your kiddo being that sad - even if it's her own fault - is not an easy thing. It's in the 10%.