tonight, alex made fish sticks (from scratch!) for dinner, and penny "doesn't like fish". she was happily eating away at them and asking "are these chicken strips?" i do my best to never lie to her, but if we let her know what they were, she would definitely have stopped eating them and told us they were yucky. here is as many truthful responses that i gave as i can remember:
you can certainly call them that!
they look like them, don't they?
aren't they tasty?
do you like them?
oooh, i just realized how many of these are questions - answering a question with a question, time honored parenting technique.