The Pinky Promise Is A Powerful Thing

I don’t understand why it can be so hard to get the truth out of my kids. No one ever does anything wrong, or they won’t fess up to it. I feel like I can never get a straight answer out of either one of my kids. It drives me insane. I know, I know, I am preaching to the choir here.

But…I think I have found some help in obtaining the truth… Well, at least from one of my children.

Paige has been telling us lately that she is always starving after lunch. I just couldn’t understand how she could possibly be so hungry when she gets a ton of food in her lunch. She gets almost as much food as Jacob does.

A few weeks ago Paige was telling me how she needs more food in her lunch again. Dave and I were totally perplexed by this request. We just couldn’t wrap our heads around the fact that this tiny little person could possibly need anymore food in her lunch.

We started discussing with her about the fact that she gets almost as much food as her brother – again – but she was so insistent. I kept asking her if she was really eating everything in her lunch and she was insistent that she was finishing it all.

I finally decided to pull a little trick on her. Whenever Paige and I make promises to each other, we do the pinky promise. I wondered how that would work in this situation so I decided to put it to the test.

I stuck my hand out, looked her straight in the eye and said, “So Paige, you pinky promise that you have been eating all of your lunch and that you really do need more food. If that is the honest truth, we will put more food in your lunch.”

I reached over and grabbed her tiny, delicate pinky with mine… and she broke.

She told us the real story.

Ready for this? It is a good one.

So, Paige has a little friend, who for the sake of anonymity we shall call Serena. Serena has been telling Paige that she needs Paige’s turkey sandwich so that she can feed it to her dog. Paige is such a sucker sweet little thing that she thinks this is a good idea.

First of all, why did this little girl feel the need to take my daughter’s turkey sandwich to feed to her dog? Secondly, how did her parents not catch her feeding her dog a freaking turkey sandwich?? I just don’t get it. I really don’t.

Luckily we got the truth out of her and we alerted her teacher who has now alerted the Lunchroom Police (or whatever they are called) to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. So now Paige doesn’t have to sacrifice her turkey sandwich to Serena’s dog anymore and she is no longer starving.

Do you have a special way of getting the truth out of your kids? I would love to hear it!


  1. jackie.a.cross says:

    My kids totally suck at lying… I can tell and so can half the world! I’m still trying to decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I suppose that since they’re teens it’s good, right?
    My toddler on the other hand seems to have mastered the art of lying.

    • @jackie.a.cross Paige has totally mastered the art of lying, but now I know how to get the truth out of her.. Now the tween has too many “tells”. That kid is losing it. =)

  2. StephanieMarieMartinez says:

    We do the pinky promise too!  I was sure this would end in Paige feeding a friend who had no food…not her dog haha

  3. maceyleigh says:

    Poor Paige! My kids are kind of suckers too…they’d do anything for a friend…or even a not real friend, they just like to do stuff for other people.
    Now, was Serena really giving the sandwich to her dog or was she eating it? What a little turd.

    • @maceyleigh That is exactly how Paige is. She would give anything to anyone if they needed it. She is such a sweet kid. I really think that she is going to heal the world one day, or at least try really hard.

  4. TylerJones says:

    Oh my goodness! Kids these days! Anyways it is good that they still believe in pinky promises. My 1 year old nephew is too young for this so maybe we will implement this on him once he grows up.

  5. heathershappenings says:

    I thought the same thing as Stephanie, I was thinking the friend didn’t have any lunch.
    I can tell when my kids are lying because they can’t do it without smiling.

  6. Paige is such a sweet girl. That Serena sounds pretty shady though!
    I am filing this away in the Things That Might Work on My Child Later drawer. :)

  7. massholemommy says:

    We call it pinky swearing in our house and they are sacred.  Actually any mention of a promise gets them spilling their guts!

  8. MyPixieBlog says:

    Awwww, sweet Paige! I never realized the power of the pinky promise. That is a good thing to know ;)


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