Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Features

February 1, 2014

The things we hide

Parents' white lies are time-honored tradition

(Continued)

"Sometimes I go into the bedroom and shut the door for, like, a half-hour and have a little bit of chocolate, then I'll go rinse my mouth out. Seriously. You feel responsible. You don't want to teach them bad habits. You don't want to teach them your bad habits," she said.

Eli Federman in Miami Beach, Fla., understands. He's the senior vice president and co-founder of an online startup that offers flash sales on electronics, but he and his wife quickly realized that handing over an iPad to their daughter before she hit her second birthday was a mistake.

"She was always attracted to the iPhone. When she was around 1 we bought her the mini iPad. We thought because of the kids games that are on there, and because of the learning apps, she could interact," he said.

And interact she did.

"It just got so out of control. Even when she went to sleep she would request it. She'd be in the crib shaking the crib going, 'iPad, iPad, iPad.' She refused to go to sleep without it. There was no moderation. We were, like, we have to get rid of this, but we wanted it for ourselves, so we lock it in the chemical cabinet and wait to use it when she's sleeping or we're out or something," he said.

Writer Laura Hedgecock of Farmington Hills, Mich., blogs about family and the importance of sharing memories. She also comes from a long line of treat stashers.

When she buys Girl Scout cookies, she keeps a box for herself and savors it for days, whereas her two teen sons scarf their share in a couple of hours. But they're on to her.

"I hide chocolate in my underwear drawer," she said. "In their opinions, no craving is worth delving into that territory!"

But there's more going on, Hedgecock said. Growing up, she "stayed out of the marshmallows that Mom hid in the electric skillet, or just took one, and left alone the Hershey bar Dad had at the bottom of the magazine rack by his recliner."

It's not about the hiding, she said: "It's about respecting what is special to someone else."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Remote solutions 1 Remote solutions Remote controls, designed to make life easier and more convenient, have become so numerous in many homes that keeping track of them is a challenge all its own. There are often separate remotes for the TV, DVD player, cable box and sound system. And i

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sometimes it's the parents, not the child, who need fixing I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they're having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem. They are! All this time (however long that might b

    July 31, 2014

  • Film Review Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Chris Pratt enters a new 'Galaxy' NEW YORK — After Chris Pratt tweeted a shirtless photo of himself to flaunt the shape he had gotten into for “Zero Dark Thirty,” he received, he says, a “giant ball of criticism” from his friends. It also helped land him the lead in one of the summer

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • New Amish Cook introduces her family

    There's nothing quite like eating that first corn on the cob, spotting a red tomato for the first time or picking that tiny cucumber that hasn't quite matured yet.

    July 28, 2014

  • Gardening-Tiny Vegetables [Duplicate] Tiny vegetables Truman Capote famously told friends that the very wealthy eat better vegetables — tiny ones. So there's another plus for gardening: It's easier to eat the way the super-rich do. Not that smaller is always better in the world of vegetables. A cucumber

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • McCauley 02 Half a Century and Happy: The McCauleys Galveston High School freshman James “Jim” McCauley showed he had a crush on eighth-grader Carlis VerBryck by tormenting her. He would see her in the hallway, pull the sashes in her dress, and run away. Carlis was not impressed. “I was pretty aggrava

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • CARSON: Be strong in the Lord You may ask, “Brother Mike what is the point of my being faithful to God? It appears as if I am not gaining any ground. I’m faced with ‘drama,’ setbacks, heartache, illness, issues, negativity, pressure, being lied upon and talked about. I am a tithe

    July 26, 2014

  • Teens Doping [Duplicate] The rise in teen doping NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale nation

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • NYC Stacked Apartments-15 [Duplicate] Erasing the pre-fab stigma NEW YORK (AP) — In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment cap

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • ROSEMOND: Night training a toddler

    Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night

    July 24, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller