My son's friend keeps telling him fibs, tall tales, whatever you like to call them. He tells him things like I have those shoes too (about J's brand new crocs, which the friend does not have), I bought you a blue shirt so we can match, when we go camping my daddy takes pictures of bears. Those are the fibs from this week. Now I realize the friend is probably making up stuff to make himself feel better. I also know that kids don't always understand the difference between fact and fiction.
But what do I say in response to the tall tales, maybe if I was a more experience mother I would just ignore it. But the friend wears me out, he is quite needy and my children are not needy. I'm sure I should sometimes ignore it, but today I had to tell my son the truth that this boy was not going to give him a matching shirt. And sometimes my son tells me the tales when I'm tired and I find myself saying "that's not true" which totally catches my son off guard. Should I ignore, how should I response, part of me wants to teach my son the difference between truth and not truth, and doesn't want him to be gullible. But maybe gullible is a lesson for a future year. Any advice? On how to help a four year old who's friend is always trying to one up him.
On a side note, coloring overwhelms my son. He can't focus on a small part, he just sees the big picture and assume its too much work. He is much happier not having a picture to color. He also despised crayons all through nursery.