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As you all know, the fourth precept tells us not to lie.
Recently I have been tested with this in a couple of interactions with my 6 year old daughter. She has trouble understanding the difference between me joking with her and being serious (possibly a manifestation of her ASD or simply her age).
Anyway, last night she made a fake spider and sat it on the coffee table to scare me. I knew about it (6 year olds aren't great at hiding things!) but feigned surprise and fear! She was delighted but inevitably I get the "Were you being serious daddy or did you really know it was fake?"
Here is where I have a choice. Be honest and know there will be tears or lie and make her happy?
I chose the former and she cried. I feel bad but I don't want to lie to her.