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Calling spinning class "spinning' is the ultimate in the usage of spin (See how I made a play on words using two meanings of the word spin? Honestly, I just slay me). Obviously the person who came up with the name knew that no one was going to take a class called "stationary bike riding to good music," or really, any class having to do with a stationary bike if they knew that's what it was going to be. People love to try something new and be cutting edge. Enter "spinning."
When this first came out lots of people were raving how fun it was and that it was a great work out. I asked people what exactly was spinning. After hearing what it was I said "So it's like riding a stationary bike?" "No, it's different." "How?" I asked. "Well, there's different kinds of music." "But, you're still just riding a bike? That doesn't go anywhere?" "Sort of, but it gets harder and easier, like if you were riding over hills or flat areas." This conversation continues along these lines because NO ONE will admit it's a stationary bike. I don't know why. Maybe there is a rule that you will get kicked out of class if you tell the secret.
While I don't like being on the receiving end of spin, because we all know that it's just another word for "bullshit," I am the queen of creating it when it comes to dealing with my children. Now that they are older, it's harder, but I have to say, I am quite gifted. As my friend Kim would say, "It's all in the presentation."
Because we are such good friends, I thought I would share some of my better efforts with you. Those of you with younger children may want to take particular note. Also, feel free to let us know some favorites that have worked with your kids. I will add that learning this skill is not too difficult because children are notoriously slow learners. It will be years, if ever, before they've realize what's happened.
Children are happiest
when they don't
know the truth.
My kids were picky eaters, and wouldnt' try anything unfamiliar. Bingo! Just give something new a familiar or kid-friendly name:
Ziti with ricotta cheese (think protein) = White Pizza Noodles.
We like white pizza, we don't know the word ricotta, so immediate ricotta veto.
Apples = Apple Sticks
We want cookies not fruit, but we can play/build with sticks.
Mandarin Oranges = Doll Oranges
We don't know the word mandarin so no, but little doll food is BRILLIANT. Yes!
Pigs in the Blanket = Hot Puppies
We don't like the weird name, so can't taste that, but hot puppy sounds like a baby hot dog. Perfect! Akin to miniature doll food, we love it.
|This child whined and complained |
for 8 hours leading up to a
3 hour car trip, thanks to his
father's policy on honesty.
I am not saying to lie to your kids, I am just saying that with some creative vagueness, everyone's life will be happier. The key is to say everything with absolute sincerity like there could be no other answer. Do not hesitate or hem and haw. I told you before, they smell weakness.