22 Jul 2015

The embellished Truth

I wouldn't say my girl tells lies all the time because I'm not sure she is but she is starting to get creative with words and how she uses them.

I truly think she believes what she is saying and sometimes she is so convincing that I too believe every word she says until it gets a bit unbelievable. This week she even had a tantrum because I'd questioned her on a certain version of events and she was then heard screaming "I'm not fibbing mummy, me's telling the truffs"

It turns out she wasn't telling the truth.

The other day she was telling me that her class went to the pet shop and saw cats and dogs, it was only when she told me the dogs were blue and the cats pink that I realised it was in her imagination (but hubby checked at school the next day just to make sure).

She is convincing and doesn't flinch or even blink whilst telling her tall tales. I finding it chilling to the bone that she is testing out her new found skill and can sometimes be very good at it too. She can remember her embellishments and recount them again a few days later, if I wasn't the one who bares the brunt of them, I'd find it very clever.

Yesterday she convinced my mum that she ate peanut butter off the floor with daddy!!! It was only when my mum recounted it back to me that I pointed out that we don't have peanut butter in the house, she wouldn't be eating it off the floor if we did and I'm not sure she's even tried it to be honest. But the point is that she was so convincing that my mum was taken in (bear in mind that my mum doesn't take prisoners and has dealt with both my brother and I and my two nieces over the years...so is well versed in little untruths).

How am I to cope with a surly teenager who is aware of what she is saying and is rather good at lying. I'm not going to know the half of it am I but that's probably a good thing really.

I hate having to always ask her if she's telling the truth and it sort of undermines our relationship and makes it seem like I don't believe her (which I often don't). But what should I do, do I let them go or do I pull her up on them? Obviously the big lies are going to be outed but the rest, I'm not so sure...
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