April 5, 2022

When (and Why) Kids Are So Brutally Honest

When (and Why) Kids Are So Brutally Honest

Toddlers. Where else can we get daily reminders that we look tired, our singing voice is terrible, and our bodies are squishy? And why do they feel the need to be so brutally honest? Blaire and Molly talk about their own kid's unending commentary and discuss comments from listeners who wrote in with their best “ruthless toddler” moments.

Why is it that kids are so darn honest? Turns out the "filter" that the rest of us try to apply to our everyday interactions just doesn't exist in our young ones. Their little brains aren't capable of fabricating lies like older kids and adults. And, as we all know, the constant honesty of little kids is a double-edged sword.

Listeners wrote in with some of the most ruthless truths their toddlers have voiced, and man oh man, kids really can be frank!

In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

  • How little toddler brains are wired for truth
  • How to model honesty for kids
  • 'Good and bad' versus 'truth and lies'

Here are some of the resources mentioned in today's episode:

Lizzy Francis for Fatherly: "How to Raise an Honest Kid (But Not a Narc)"

Brook Bolen for Vice: "Behind the Brutal Honesty of Drunks and Toddlers"

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