We have a rule in our house that states if you tell the truth, you will get in far less trouble than if you lie. For awhile the truth would just flow out of their mouths, then it required a reminder, now the truth requires the eye glare which I inherited from my aunt. One cannot help but tell the truth when those eyes are glaring at them. Hell, my aunt can still make me cry by just looking at me. Seriously. They are that scary.
I recognize that all kids lie. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to forget the house rule and try to avoid getting trouble. Unfortunately for children, moms always know the truth. E1 will learn this when she becomes a mother and not a moment sooner.
We have also discussed the difference between things happening on accident vs things happening on purpose. Fortunately for us, E1 carefully explains how they can be one in the same:
I accidentally - on purpose took E2's toy.
I accidentally - on purpose used my shampoo as crayons in the shower.
I accidentally - on purpose did not brush my teeth.
I accidentally - on purpose threw sand at E2.
I accidentally - on purpose recorded a movie on pay per view.
I accidentally - on purpose put on your make-up.
I accidentally - on purpose told the babysitter we could have a snack.
I accidentally - on purpose put stickers all over the inside of the car.
I accidentally - on purpose hid the legos from E2.
I accidentally - on purpose helped E2 jump off the table.
I accidentally - on purpose helped E2 fill the tea set with real water and accidentally um on purpose spilled it all over the carpet.
I accidentally - on purpose drew on myself and E2 with markers. They are washable, right?
I accidentally - on purpose drew on the dog.