We have discussed deflection and how to use it. Now let’s take this a step further and introduce the concept of subliminal messaging. Subliminal tactics can be used during deflection- or if deflection really has not done the trick. Those savvy children can sometimes latch on to a concept and not want to let go for love nor money.
Let’s start with something fairly simple. For the sake of argument, imagine that your spouse is also a fairly distant cousin of yours. This is perfectly legal, mind you, but is potentially embarrassing scoop. You want to prepare your children for this information, but they are not ready for it now. I mean, why would it not be legal to marry your cousin? Seems perfectly normal. You already are family and love each other- plus there would no longer really be any in-laws! Be careful, though, making too many excuses may force you to explain why cousins don’t marry, leading you to the whole sex thing. Not in this blog, you don’t! Instead, focus on things like royal families early on. I am a big fan of European royalty, which is downright packed with conjugal cousins. Paper dolls of royal families are readily available as well as exciting knight tales for the more adventure inclined. Soon you can start showing your kids some royal family trees- oops, not a lot of forks on those! Never mind- you’re already paving the way!
Fine, that’s easy enough, but what if you have a less easily admitted secret? How about if you were once a stripper? Ouch! That’s a tough one! You want to go with a scenario that allows you to explain the error of your ways without any trickle down of the “sins-of-the-fathers” effect. Well, here is an example of how you could start planning early for the Big Reveal. Do this often. Think: wash, rinse and repeat.
“Mommy, I love my tap dance class!”
“I’m so happy sweetie. Mommy loved dancing, too. She also loved bikinis. That was a long time ago. You don’t want to see mommy in a bikini now, huh? Ha!”
“Not really, but I think you’re pretty!”
“Thanks, baby! I used to be really pretty… in a bikini. But you won’t be mad if mommy used to wear a bikini?”
“Of course not, mommy! Silly. I love my butterfly bikini!”
“Me, too! You know you can dance or you can wear a bikini. You don’t really want to do both at the same time. But college is so expensive, and all those darned student loans aren’t going to pay themselves! Poor Mommy! So, no dancing in bikinis, OK?”
“OK, only dance in a one-piece.”
“That’s a start. We’re getting there! Mommy loves baby!”
When the time comes for your sweet child to learn the truth through supposed friends’ Throwback Thursday pictures of you performing an air dance while observing the two feet rule, you will have already successfully planted the seeds of understanding. As you can see, eventually little Tiffany may be a bit shocked by your previous money making endeavors, but she will accept you and forgive your former 20 year-old self for having to make the necessary sacrifices to be a self-sufficient, educated woman. Roar!