My daughter and I were discussing “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” It sounds almost Biblical. It’s not.
What is the message? Be sweet, not sour and you’ll get what you want. It speaks of manipulation and entrapment.
Our conclusion: Never counter a tantrum with this foolhardy statement. Don’t quote this saying to children no matter how stinky their behaviour.
They may spend their lives using all manner of flattery and manipulation. They might decide to trap people like flies.
They could possibly resort to lies and nonsense. For, as my daughter points out, a pile of manure attracts the most flies.