Sometimes parents use well-timed fibs to make bad days a little easier to bear.
Pretty much everyone has done it — and we’re not just talking about a certain jolly old fellow who brings kids gifts at Christmastime. Sometimes it’s just easier to tell your toddler the dessert you’re savoring after their bedtime is spicy, or the store they want to visit is closed because you’ve already put on your pajama pants and don’t feel like going out again.
Jessica D’Entremont has two daughters, 3-year-old Hannelore and 4-year-old Emma, and she’s quite familiar with telling a little white lie. We know because her recent experience of pulling a fast one on her girls is making viral waves online. It all started one evening right before bed when her kids were bouncing off the walls.
“Both of my girls have sensory processing disorders, and we had a very busy day,” Jessica said. “Our walk home threw them all off due to the crowds, noise, and the shopping. They were about to start freaking out.”
So she came up with a brilliant solution! She had the girls change into their glow-in-the-dark pajamas and told them they wouldn’t work without being charged. And the only way the girls could charge them was by lying completely still under the light in their room. They bought it! While they prepared to glow, their giggling mom snapped a picture.
Jessica took to Facebook to share her amazing discovery. “Looking for a way to keep your kids still? Buy them glow-in-the-dark pj’s,” she wrote. “I’m not even sorry.”
She added that because of her girls’ sensory processing issues, this trick was perfect for quieting them down after an overstimulating day. And she has no plans to reveal the truth anytime soon. In fact, she’s taken steps to ensure she can keep using the pj’s to help get them ready for bed!
“I’ve started putting the pj’s back into their drawer when they get dressed in the morning,” she said. “Unexposed to light all day, they dim and do not glow in the dark, which I explained when they tried to test me last night until they laid down again.”
Don’t worry, Jessica. We won’t tell if you don’t! This is such a clever idea that we want to try it out ourselves! If you catch us buying glow-in-the-dark pajamas for all of our relatives, you’ll know why.
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