Let’s start by looking at why children lie. There are a variety of reasons. Let’s start with younger children in the pre-school years. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are often live between the real world and the fantasy world. Young children are often watching and being read books that are full of fantasy. They are in the process of developing their imagination which is something that parents should encourage and promote. With this may come situations like your three-year old telling you that the donkey climbed up a tree and needs to be rescued. Statements like that are more a product of an active imagination than a child telling a lie to be rebellious. Often young children that are immersed in the fantasy of books and television often find the truth is just too boring. A little later we will talk about how to separate fantasy and reality, without losing the benefits of a great imagination.