What's the big deal about Young Living


Our three year old has recently taken up a new past time: Extreme Honesty.

Oh, yes, it can be brutal, my friends.

She has been known to point directly at an unsuspecting bystander and say in a loud voice, "You have BIG TEETH!" She recently asked me, "Why is your stomach still FAT when you don't have a baby in there anymore?"


You need nerves of steel to live with someone practicing Extreme Honesty. When I told the toddler that she had made a pretty picture, KatieBug, said matter-of-factly, "No, Mommy, that is not pretty. She scribbled. It is ugly."

I saw the toddler brushing her hair and commented, "Oh! Pretty!" and Katie Bug looked puzzled and said, "Her hair does NOT look pretty today!"

When we were watching and discussing a commentary on one of the debates, she said, "I want that fat one to win."

What this means for you is that if you see us walking toward you at WalMart and you happen to be having a bad hair day, walk away. Just walk away.

She isn't trying to be rude or mean. She just has definite opinions about things and believes all of us would benefit from hearing them. I don't know where she gets it.


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  1. When I told the toddler that she had made a pretty picture, KatieBug, said matter-of-factly, “No, Mommy, that is not pretty. She scribbled. It is ugly.”

    That sounds like something I said as a toddler. During Sunday School class (I was about 3, I think?), we were drawing pictures. The teacher was praising a boy next to me, telling him that his picture was very nice. Here’s what I said:
    “No it’s not. But you can tell him that you appreciate the effort.”

    Apparently the teacher thought it was amusing enough to recount the story to my parents. During that same honesty phase, we went to the circus with that same Sunday School teacher. I apparently told her that she was bigger than an elephant. To this day, both of those stories get repeated at family gatherings. I expect the same will be said of your KatieBug. Poor girl. At least she’s not alone. 😉

  2. OneHappyfamily says:

    I love that. We have a Katee and we call her Kateebug too. I don’t know how I found your blog, but I love reading it. I have a friend our age and she just delivered #9 last week! Love that… My Katee is 7 and a few weeks ago at volleyball she asked her classmates mother if she was her grandma. Thankfully she laughed about it, since she did start her family a little later in life. Cute stuff.

  3. check out my blog for a wonderfully similar story, at my expense.

  4. HAHAHA!! Fortunately, knock on wood, we haven’t yet experienced public displays of honesty.

  5. Oh, how cute. Really! :)

    My favorite toddler sayings: “Your breath sure does stink!”

    “Mommy, why are your teeth so yellow?”

    “Why is she so fat?”


    “My Grandma cuts the heads off of fish and eats them.” (Said to a check out person.)

  6. That is hilarious! My “honesty is the best policy” seven year old informed my Dad that his breath was smelling better than it normally does…geez no one is safe!

    And I’ve been meaning to tell you for Christmas I got the coolest apron. Mrs. Smockity is very talented!!

  7. Ahhh! The extreme honesty phase – so delightfully embarrassing! Make you want to crawl under the table and hide!

    We have tried to instill the idea that not every thought you think needs to end up on your tongue – but since bridling the tongue is a life long discipline, we simple urge the children to keep it loving!

    As mum always says ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say – just be quiet!’

  8. Oh, how funny! Thanks for the good laugh. We always enjoy your site.
    ~ Vida, Ashley, and Ruth

  9. LOL – I had a little girl ask one day when I was wearing an unflattering top if I was pregnant. I told her no I wasnt to which her grandfather told me “Yeah my daughter is a big gal too my granddaughter doesnt know diffeence” LOL yeah that part didnt help… And of course nope never wore that top again….

  10. Haa Haa! My five year old literally moments ago, while playing with Lincoln Logs said, “Hey mom, I just farted and made it smell like cow poop, just like a real farm over here!”

  11. One of my children may or may not have said, “Why is that man dressed like a clown?” when we encountered a goth person on the subway in Boston.

    One of my other children may or may not have said, “Mom, why does that little girl have a uniform on?” when we saw a dwarf grocery store cashier taking a break as we walked outside a plaza.

    One of my other children may or may not have told a man with whom she had been fishing at a church fellowship that he was “a bad man” after she saw him smoking a cigarette.

    Imagine if we had not *tried* to teach them manners, tactfulness, and discretion!

  12. I´m a pre-school teacher (in Sweden) and have recently been askecd”are you 100 years old?” and “do you have a baby in your tummy?” Ouch!

  13. Oh boy do I remember those times! I can laugh now, but then it wasn’t so funny…. Thanks for the memories and the laughs!


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