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Adorable little liar says he didn’t eat the sprinkles

Feb 8, 2013 By Abraham

In a conspicuous display of prevarication that is too cute to be angry about, little John remains adamant that, No, he did not eat any of the sprinkles that are spilled on the counter or stuck to his face…


Ellen interviews 3-year-old liar to see if he’s learned not to lie yet. He hasn’t…

(via Gawker)


  1. Pete says:

    Cute but I do hope mommy punished him to the full extent… and presented him the video evidence as proof of his guilt.

  2. shmuzzle says:

    This reminds me… I can’t remember the details, but I remember reading something once about how you shouldn’t ask a child a yes/no question that so easily gives him the chance to lie. Like instead you should say “What happened to these sprinkles?” Has anyone else heard that?

    1. Becki says:

      sounds familiar. (Dobson?) no criticism to the patient mom in the video, but I think I have heard that yes/no questions make it easy to lie and what happened questions help a child move toward learning to confess.

  3. Jen says:

    Child psychologists say that toddlers are not aware that this is “lying” – they don’t know what that means. When they tell their “story” about what happened it is because they wish that this is how it went. They’re just beginning to grasp the concept of right vs. wrong, so they state their version of what should have happened…having an inkling that what they did wasn’t okay. But only an inkling.

  4. Nicole says:

    Ditto. NurtureShock is pretty adamant on the research they aren’t ‘lying’ in how we view it. They are trying to make the mother happy. They know that mommy will be mad, but this way *maybe* she will be happy because it’s what she wants to hear. He encouraged, if we already know the answer, to NOT back them into a corner with an obvious yes/no. Just state the offense and the consequence, then move on. Don’t back them into a corner of sucky and more sucky.

    1. Jen says:

      Agreed, Nicole. Why even ask them when we already know the answer? Just say it: “I see you ate some/all sprinkles and you know you weren’t supposed to, so here’s what we’re going to do….”

  5. Irena M says:

    Someone has to take this mother(?) to a psychologist before the abuse becomes more severe. Confronting a little child about a few sprinkles borders to me with the sadistic tendencies…what next? punishment for eating a few sprinkles? I’m afraid she starves the boy, let send the social worker to this house…

    1. ResistIdiocracy says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your accident.
      Its so sad that you lost all of your memories from your childhood.
      I assume thats what happened given your post.
      although I don’t know how to explain away your hallucination that there was some sort of abuse taking place in this video.

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