Need advice on handling lying toddler...
Just within the last few weeks we've caught Emma lying about the most inane things, like "Did you finish your bedtime snack?," after which she'll say "yeah" and we come to find it stashed under the couch cushions or something. The deal was that she was told after she had a healthy bedtime snack she could have one piece of candy. Well, she hid the healthy snack in hopes of getting away with just the candy.
Both of the kids have tried to pin blame on the other one when something is broken or whatever and I expect that as they're little, the same age, and siblings. However, this outright lying when we ask Emma a question that has an easy answer is getting ridiculous. We talked about it a little last night after the kids went to sleep and I said to Ken that maybe we should try and get it through her head how wrong lying is by telling her the story of the little boy who cried wolf. Ken doesn't think that's quite the same thing and, really, it isn't. Yes, the boy was lying but he was trying to get attention and going about it the wrong way.
Maybe I'm going overboard and this is just a phase she's going through. The kids will be 4 on Sunday.
Mothers or fathers out there, what do you think?