The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The kind villagers left their work and ran to help the shepherd boy. But the boy hid behind a tree and laughed at them because there was no wolf at all.
The next day, the naughty boy tried the same trick and cried in his loudest voice: “Wolf, wolf! Come and help! A wolf is eating my sheep!” And when the villagers came running again, the boy hid and laughed at them. “Ha, ha, those silly villagers will believe me every time!” he said.
The next day a big, mean wolf really did break into the boy’s flock of sheep and began to eat them. The boy was terrified and ran to tell the villager to come and help. “Wolf, wolf! Come and help!” he screamed. “There IS a wolf in the flock! Help!”
The villagers heard him but they thought it was just another mean trick. No one went to help him. No one paid him any attention at all. They went right on working. And the shepherd boy lost all of his sheep to the wolf.
How would this story be different if the boy never told a lie?
If you have a laptop, or a way to show the fam this Muppet version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” do it! It’s so cute! Discuss afterward.
Have the pre-assigned family member come to the middle of the room. Ask them what they were doing before they came to family night, have them tell a big lie (example, “I was just chasing down a grizzly bear I saw in the backyard.”) Wrap the string around them one time. Ask them another question, relating to the first (example, “Why would there be a grizzly bear in our back yard??” “Because it escaped from the circus and smelled Shane’s smelly socks that he left on the trampoline.”) Wrap the string around them again. Continue to ask them a series of questions about their lie until they are wrapped several times.
“A lie is any communication given to another with the intent to deceive.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton