DS has entered a delightful stage of lying. We are talking white lies here - as in 'did you do a poo?'
'No I haven't.'
'When you finish your dinner you can have some milk and milo.'
'Are you sure you've finished? Is that the truth?'
LIE. On a good day it's still on its plate, on a bad day he's 'hidden' it (on the floor under the table).
'DS, why did you cut your hair at cc?'
'It wasn't me! It was John!'
So, how do you all handle this? Do you think a three year old can understand the concept of truth and lies? Is this a normal phase?
I usually just say 'that's not the truth, you HAVE done such and such' or 'you haven't told the truth. The truth is xyz'. I don't want to do any consequences if I'm expecting too much iykwim. For example, he didn't get milo because we don't throw food on the floor, not because he lied.
Can I get some parenting wisdom please?