"One of my dad's favorite sayings was 'If you never lie, then you don't have to remember what you said.' I always taught my children that everything, good or bad, has consequences, but if they did something wrong and lied about it, the punishment would be worse. I remember when my son Aaron was in fourth grade and was accused of breaking a window at school. He denied it, but they didn't believe him. Finally he said, 'Call my dad.' I went up to the school, talked to Aaron, then told the principal, 'If he said he didn't do it, he didn't. He's more scared of me than he is of you, and he won't lie to me.' I knew I could believe him, so the school investigated it more, and it turned out that another boy had done it and blamed it on Aaron. If my son had broken the window and lied about it, we would have had it fixed and then he would have been grounded for lying, but he was being truthful. He's grown now with children of his own, but he still remembers that. And I can still trust his word."
Bill Frasure, Quince Style & Barber Shop, 5139 Quince Road