Caught Lying!

Q: “I caught my 2-year-old telling me a lie! I didn’t know he was able yet to pretend something is true when he knows it isn’t.”

A: An almost-3-year-old is just at the beginning stages of being able to know what a lie is. At age 2, children are still not quite able to tell the difference between reality and imagination. They’re also very forgetful about the actual details of events and use their imaginations to fill in the gaps.

While not quite the same as lying, this embellishment is a sign of a healthy imagination that leads to a rich range of communication skills. And at this age, your son still believes what he is saying, which also isn’t quite the same as “telling a lie.”

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