Tornado E: Mommy! I know what you can do to us when we lie!
Um. What. And more importantly, WHY?
Me: What do you think I should do to you when you lie?
Tornado E: You should put something yucky on our tongue.
Me: Like Tabasco sauce?
Tornado E: That or olive oil.
Me: How did you think of this?
Tornado E: K told me that’s what her daddy does.
Me: And why do you want to do this punishment?
Tornado E: Because it’s shorter than time out.
(The consequence for lying in my house is to stand with your nose to the corner for the length of time out. A bit old school, but it works.)
Who said this kid wasn’t smart?
Their Father: Hmmm, maybe we should just take away video games for a week.
Tornado E: NO!!! That won’t work at all!
Or it wouldn’t work for your plan, little man.
Me: Well. I know. Maybe we decide not to lie. If you didn’t lie, you wouldn’t have to get punished.
Tornado E: MOMMY!!! That’s a great idea! Let’s do that!
Done and done.