Conversations with Boys: The One About the Hair.

Michelle: “Ethan, did you wash your hair?” (Note: it was obvious he hadn’t.)

Ethan: [silent but guilty]

Michelle: “Ethan. Did you?”

Ethan: [silent, but clearly engaged in a desperate search for a way out]

Michelle: “Son, you had better not lie to me. I mean it. Did you wash your hair?

Ethan: “Well…what happens…if I say no?” [suddenly all innocent, nothing-to-see-here, hands up in surrendering gesture] “I’m JUST WONDERING.”

 

I see a long, long road ahead.