Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lying is Bad

Well, Austin finally completed his writing assignment from me. Here, reprinted with his permission, is his essay on lying for your reading enjoyment.


Lying is Bad

Lying is just plain stupid. I don’t know why I lie, because I always just end up getting in bigger trouble than if I had told the truth. When you lie a lot, nobody will believe you, but if you tell the truth everyone will believe you. When you lie, your life will turn upside-down. You will always get in trouble and you might not have any friends. Lying is the worst thing you can do to yourself, most of the time. You won’t do well in school if you are holding a lie inside you. It is like the feeling of jealousy; the kind of feeling that is inside you and it hurts whenever you think about it. Can you imagine feeling like that until you told the truth? I cannot live like this anymore. From now on I will tell the truth and only the truth because The Truth Will Set You Free. Then I won’t have anything to worry about.

I am always getting in trouble when I lie. That is why I hereby decree that I will now tell the truth. When it comes to lying, no one will believe you because it takes honesty and trust for a friendship to grow. Like a plant needs sun and water to grow and strive. That’s probably why I have no friends. Just kidding with that last one - I have plenty, but more importantly some people don’t have friends because they do lie.

Like why I’m writing this paper, if you lie you are not going to do well in school. When you say you “don’t have homework” when you really do, you are less likely do your homework shown in recent studies by scientists around the globe. But it doesn’t take a genius to find that out. Do your homework, don’t lie. I know what you're thinking, “but there are so many better things to do” or “but it’s too hard” or even “don’t want to”. Who cares, just get it done and you're fine.

I am through with feeling terrible after intentionally lying. It’s one thing if you lie to save someone’s life while being hung over a pit of lava, but come on, who will ever see that coming. If I do ever continue to lie, which I won’t, I might find myself being hung over a pit of lava. Facing the truth is not bad at all, it’s even more forgiving than lying and it builds respect, trust, and your power of the force. You will find yourself feeling a lot better “a good kind of feeling that helps you get stuff done”.

Bottom line, or paragraph, is that lying is bad and the truth is good so, tell the truth and you could be that one person that tells the truth. This paper has been brought to you by the letter T and the number 6.



Yes, he's a goofball, but he did his assignment. Think it'll sink in? I hope so. But I guess I can always "hang him over a pit of lava" if he lies again.

82 comments:

Marjorie said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

That is hilarious. He's got a gift for words though. Reminds me of my little brother at that age, but Austin is better behaved.

*chuckles*

Magda said...

WOW Dawn, that is an awesome essay!!! I was waiting all day to read it :). Please do save this for when he's older and has kids of his own!!!!! Priceless!!

And congratulations to you for the way you handled the situation. I would have never thought of making him write an essay! (and that he would actually do it!! Good for him!)

Fearless Mom said...

He's a heckuva kid and apparently takes after you in his writing abilities. Great essay.

Elleah said...

That's a great essay! Hopefully he learned his lesson.

Vicki said...

What a GREAT assignment! Yes, I think he will think twice, three times about lying ever again.
What a creative lesson!

Well done Mommy!

The Cohen's said...

Love the essay, love the sense of humor too. :) You could always threaten the pit of lava if he lies again too. ;)

Sila Lumenn said...

That's an awesome essay, Dawn! Hopefully he will stick with his promise to only tell the truth. Keep us informed!

I used your "essay" punishment on my daughter yesterday. She handed me her two pages this evening. Somehow she managed to work a new reward system into her essay whereby if she does what she's supposed to do for a month she gets taken out for ice cream. I told her I'd have to get back to her on that one. LOL!

Donna said...

I love it. It's gotta be genetics. That's your kid for sure.

dhaynes said...

Talent sure runs in the family! What a great essay and so well written. He had me at the first paragraph! Whoever that reader was that said she thought the punishment was tought has to get a grip! You stick to your guns and know that you're doing a great job! Lying is my absolute worst crime as well.

Diane H

Stressed Out said...

Dawn- I leave for Hawaii in 16 days. That gives Austin a little over two weeks to change his ways. There's plenty of lava pits out there in volcanos national park!! (He can hang there with my son!!)

Anonymous said...

I wonder if scientists around the globe really discovered that?!?!? LOL and...maybe too much Sesame Street! maybe..

runningfan said...

My boys are still a little young for this kind of a consequence, but I'm totally planning on it later on! Right now they do "writing consequences" where I write a little lecture on the appropriate topic and they copy or trace the sentences (depending on the kid). I figured later on we'd graduate to essays, and this example is perfect ammo!

noexcuses said...

You have an awesome teen! But then you know that! You're doing a great job, Mom!

Great essay, T6!

MaBunny said...

Totally impressed, lets hope it actually sticks now! and that his siblings read it in case they ever get the inkling to lie...

Shellie said...

Love it! He lived up to my expectations. You can tell he's gotten a lot of lectures. :) If he's anything like a few of my boys, I'd be asking for a lava pit for Christmas, just in case!

My Semblance of Sanity said...

And what is his blog address? This boy needs some media attention!

You are such a good mom! I am proud to call you FRIEND!

:)

Jerri Ann said...

Yea, that might do it. I like the approach either way!

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Darla said...

Wow, wow, wow! I have to ask you, Dawn, did he really spell those words correctly? Not that I'm doubting, just curious, because if he can write AND spell, he's a double genius!

Definitely storing this trick away for when my kids are older. Thanks for the wonderful tips.

Michelle said...

I guess I was wrong. He really did it, and he did a good job -- goofy but good :)

I think you might need to build a lava pit for all us parents to use when we suspect our children of lying. Hmm, patent idea?

Jkhb said...

May he grow in the power of the "Force" that totally cracked me up.

Imani said...

Hey, Dawn...been reading your blog for many months. This comment is for Austin.

Austin, I am a mom. My sons are 23 and 22 years old. Your essay was awesome, totally. I am very proud of you. You will do great things in your life, I just know it. Thanks for letting your mom post your essay. Now, start your own blog! :-)

Jade said...

I don't know about the lava idea! One of your other kids might try to play Indiana Jones again to save him!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Austin!!!

corrina

Gidget said...

That is great! Not great that he got in trouble, but great writing! I really enjoyed reading it and found myself giggling a lot! He definitely takes after his mom!

Mama Smurf said...

I think he inherited your humor and writing talent! Get that boy a blog!

JustMeCopper said...

Wow, what a great lesson and a great essay. My Mother used to say "I will always trust you until you prove to me that you can't be trusted." or something like that. It hung over my head - the always part - like a ... like a pool of lava maybe, and always made me think twice.

I read your blog every day. I am the oldest of a family of five and my kids are in their late 20's. You do a great job.

FreeSpirit said...

Wow. He is a great writer. Did you have to edit it at all?

The last part really made me laugh. You can always tell who grew up with Sesame Street.

Love it. You've got a good kid, there, Dawn. We all mess up. I like the biblical truth and promise, "and the truth shall set you free."

Laurie said...

I am not lying when I say that I enjoyed this essay!
No lie.
Let's pray your son continues to be a true wise guy.
I mean a truly wise guy!

Anonymous said...

I loved the "brought to you by...."! Now I'm waiting for
"The Electric Company" to be next.... "shhhh......ur.....sure!"

Anonymous said...

Great job, Austin! I know your mom is very proud of you!! Thank you for letting her post your essay. You guys are helping more people than you even realize!!

Great job to you, too, Dawn! What an awesome idea to have Austin write an essay. I swear, my daughter would look at me like I had two heads if I had her write one! I think I'll stick with Austin's lava pit idea!! Wouldn't it be good for your skin -- all that steam and heat?? hahahaha

This comment has been brought to you by the letter M and the number 4. ;)

Donna in PA :)

Patois said...

Love it. Here's hoping the lava doesn't need to be pulled out too darn soon.

Candi said...

Well done, Mom and Son! We are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit, until someone presses us to our potential. At least he's thinking about truth and consequences now. How many of us walk out our capabilities and oaths? He may just surprise your socks off, Dawn. Keep up the good parenting!

Krista said...

I def. think you should save this for when he starts having girlfriends and read it to them. It's supper funny and cute. Yay for him completing his assignment!

Bloggin' Mama said...

Great paper!

I love his references to Sesame Street and Star Wars!

Anonymous said...

He's a great kid! Kudos to Austin. Here's a timely quote I happened across today that says it all.

When in doubt, tell the truth.
MARK TWAIN (1835-1910)

Sharon in Ohio

K said...

completely amazing.. Go Austin!!!
Altho i kinda didnt get the 'letter T and number 6 part'.
Do enlighten

Six-Pack Momma said...

Maybe I should try that with my 12 year old. Good job, Austin!

Amanda said...

Holy cow! You've got a great kid there, Dawn. What a great essay. I wonder where he gets his style of writing from. ;-)

kirkygirl said...

Good job Austin. I had to learn those lessons the hard way myself. But I'm happy to see that you've followed through with your punishment, and that you're willing to put in the work to get it done. I'm proud of you, kidlet. :)

charityanne said...

I recently came across a similar essay I had to write for my mom when I was about 12. It was about being mean to my sister, or rather, why I shouldn't.

Austin's is far cleverer than mine was.

Great "punishment" - maybe he thinks you are so mean now but you did him a big ole favor here. Either he learned not to lie, or he learned to be more conscientious about his homework, or at the very least he learned how to invent an essay from a basic prompt which'll do wonders in a few years for his college essays.

danger girl said...

I emailed this to my 13 year old daughter. I'll let you know what she thinks in January when (hopefully) she is ungrounded from the computer.

Simple Country Girl said...

What a well written essay! I feel the same way about lying. I can tolerate the kids acting up or being mouthy at times but not lying. I absolutely despise lying and won't tolerate it. Luckily I don't have much trouble with lying yet but I'm sure the day will come. You're an inspiration to many of us moms Dawn!

Dawn G. said...

Very sweet, Dawn. I have to say, almost the best parts were the references to both Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Good luck.

Dawn.

Anonymous said...

Great essay. Good work, Dawn. Margie

bonni said...

Well, all the reasons he gave for why it's not a good idea to lie are the exact reasons I had for deciding to just be truthful. He left one out though: When you lie, you have to remember what story you told, because if you get it wrong on retelling, you get in deeper than you were before. Tell the truth because it's easier to remember and you always get it right. ;)

Brenda said...

Great paper! I wonder where your kids get all this creativity ; )

Allison said...

I loved reading Austin's essay!! He got right to the point and wrote a well written 5 paragraph essay..hehe. I do hope he learned his lesson because I'm sure the lava is way hotter than he would want to feel!
Great way for you to "punish" him too!! He learned if you lie, all you get is more homework too.

Esther said...

That is AMAZING!

I love that he has inherited both your writing skills and your knack for sarcasm.

Did he still have his tongue in his cheek when he gave it to you?

I am so going to use this idea with my kids when they are older.

The Bertone's said...

Well, he caved I see and did the essay! I love it... at least he threw a little humor in it. :) Lets hope it sunk in. Good luck!

geelizzie said...

priceless! the best part is the 'I cannot live like this anymore!'

lost academic said...

That is so adorable! When he gets to college make sure and send that to him his freshman year, about halfway through his first term, when a lot of bright students forget to keep doing what got them to college in the first place - working hard and being honest with themselves about it.

Laila and Minchie said...

Very good! I can see where he gets his writing skills!

Peggy

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness I couldn't live with a kid like that! He's too funny to be stern with!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Well, Austin definitely gets his sense of humour from you! He sounds like the kind of kid I would have had a crush on when I was 13 ;-)

PaperAddictJenn said...

Wow. He is so entertaining - just like his mom! He should start his own blog too. Or he could write the forward in your next book.

Anonymous said...

Pretty good job for a 14-year old! There are some gems of wisdom thrown in there along with his own "flair".

Thanks for sharing! ;)

gilroy gal said...

Awesome...be sure you save that! Will come in handy some day when his kids lie to him! LOL! We had similar situation with our youngest daughter and we made her write a paper too..using scripture references on topics like lying, trust, respect etc. She was much harder on herself than we would have EVER been! She still remembers it 6 yrs later!

Lucille said...

Yea! He did it! And YOU did it by MAKING him stick to his punishment.

I think he is going to follow in his mom's footsteps, he is quite a good writer!

And lastly - a SPECIAL HUGE thank you to you for stopping over at my blog AND commenting. You have NO idea how special that makes us little people feel. :)

You are a gem Dawn. A real gem. Keep up the great work and I can't wait to get your book! I hope you have some book signings scheduled b/c I'd love to shake your hand!

Best to you and yours,

Me

Lucille said...

Sunday questions:

Do you send out Christmas cards?

HOW do you keep up with your blog, your house, your Facebook, your book, YOUR LIFE?

How many hours of sleep do you get?

What miracle VITAMINS do you take to not get sick and have so much energy?

Anonymous said...

I don't think I should get this much enjoyment from someone being punished. Part of me wants to forward this to people in my family who can't stop lying to everyone about everything, even tiny pointless things.

Sandra Poarch said...

WoW the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. He definitely has you gift of words!!
You have to be proud...of the writing, not the lying lol

SARAH said...

"This paper has been brought to you by the letter T and the number 6."

ahh..
the joys of growing up with Sesame Street.
Thanks.
I have the theme song stuck in my head.
great.
Just great.

Anonymous said...

Austin has an incredible gift for writing. I was really cracking up (at my desk, while I was pretending to work, which I guess is a form of a lie...great now I need an essay). Thanks so much for sharing!

Heather said...

Good job with the essay, Austin.

JEnny said...

Hilarious! What a great essay:) Do you think he really believes what he wrote, or is he just writing what he knows is true?

Wendy In Idaho said...

What a great essay and what a great exercise for him to do! I can see where he gets his writing talent!

I read the essay to my kids (ages 9 & 6) they loved it and I hope they will learn from it.

Thanks for the post!

Evanna said...

Way to go, Austin!! That was a great essay! Especially that last sentence! :-D And that's the TRUTH! ;-)

Marshmallow Circus said...

A pit of lava? lol

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Pattie said...

OK, as a mom to 2 toddlers currently being potty trained, I am ROFL at the "letter T and the number 6". Of course, in our house, everything is currently "brought to you by the letter P and the number 2!!!"

a li'l bit squishy said...

Bravo Austin and Bravo Mom for maing the punishment fit the crime. Hope things are happier in your house now that it's done!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

My favorite line:

Facing the truth is not bad at all, it’s even more forgiving than lying and it builds respect, trust, and your power of the force.

OK, I just lied. That was not my favorite line. This one was:

Bottom line, or paragraph, is that lying is bad and the truth is good so, tell the truth and you could be that one person that tells the truth.

Now do I have to write a paper on why I lied to you?

Andrea said...

I enjoyed Austin's essay-- will you have him read it out loud if he slips again?

I am curious-- how much of that is from what you have said to him (consequences, etc), and how much is directly from Austin?

Nancy Peacock said...

Hey Austin, I don't often laugh out loud when I read something but I thought your essay was great and I laughed when I read your last paragraph!
Good job...

busyAZmom said...

Simply LOVE Austin's letter. Kinda reminds me of the I Love Lucy episode where she bet Ricky,
Fred & Ethel that she could go an entire day without telling a lie.

Jenn -- said...

Love it! Here's what my 5 year old daughter wrote when I caught her lying. Not quite as eloquent as Austin. Oh well. I have hope.

Anonymous said...

That was AWESOME! It has his goofiness in it, but it also has some seriousness and seems sincere. At least the kid feels bad when he lies! So he's not a sociopath!

Heather said...

Oh my gosh, this is too awesome! Great job Austin- I give you an A++! Dawn, I think he takes after you in the writing department ;)

Anonymous said...

I really liked Austin's essay. I hope he takes it to heart.

Good job, Mom. Good job, Austin.

Sugar Mommy said...

"When you say you “don’t have homework” when you really do, you are less likely do your homework shown in recent studies by scientists around the globe."

I like how he did his research! LOL!

Bethany said...

It might sink in-- I remember writing a report on lying when I was young!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i am a bit late in catching up but my 17 yr old and I LOVED austins paper... shes been in deep doodie for lying for a while now and she is now afraid of the pit of lava LOL.... the boy has a great sense of humor :D
Grins Laura and Martha.
Ask her some time about yard therapies... picking up sticks and rocks and clearing an acre and half of leaves.... yes yard therapies impress ... at least for a little while LOL.

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