I don't own Jim or Jimmy or According to Jim or Yes Dear
Jim was frustrated. His youngest… his son had been lying a lot lately and he didn't know what to do about it. When his friend Jimmy came over he felt much better. Jimmy could tell something was wrong.
"Want to talk about it," Jimmy asked.
"Kyle's been lying a lot lately," Jim said, "Every little thing. He lies about doing his homework. He lies about cleaning his room. He lies about eating his vegetables. I'm trying not to get mad but at this point I don't know what to do because nothing is working"
"Yep," Jimmy said, "I've been there with Dominick. I was about to get mad actually when he said something that stopped me in my tracks"
"What did he say," Jim asked
"He said, "but daddy you said it was okay to lie"
Jim looked at him wide-eyed.
"I never told him that it was okay to lie so I asked him when I said that. It turned out that a few days before that someone came to the door that I didn't want to see so I said, "tell him I'm not home". Dominick was confused and I explained that there's a difference between a lie and a white lie. I guess he was too young to understand. So I started leading by example."
"Leading by example," he said, "How do you do that?"
"Well I started telling the truth all the time," Jimmy explained, "even when it got me in trouble. Do you ever lie?"
"Only when I've done something that I know Cheryl wouldn't be happy about," Jim said.
"And don't you think Kyle's seen it?"
Jim realized Jimmy was right. He hadn't been leading by example. He would lead Cheryl to believe one thing and then do something totally different. He would bribe the girls to go along with it. That only worked about 10 percent of the time.
"So what should I do then," Jim asked
"Well you set an example," Jimmy said, "You make the same rules apply to you. You can't do one thing and expect your children to do another"
"I know but it's… I was a child once"
"So was I," Jimmy said
Jim looked down.
"So what are you going to do," Jimmy asked
"I guess I'll do what you said I should do," Jim said with a sigh.
"Good," Jimmy said, "You won't be sorry"