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How do I encourage my son's beautiful imagination while discouraging lying?
However, recently he's also started telling a few lies. One day last week after camp he told me that the playground he created during art time won a prize for being the best one in the class. I later learned there hadn't even been a competition!
So, when he rides up to me on a stick horse and tells me he's a knight who has just saved the entire kingdom from a dragon, I congratulate him (although it's technically untrue). Yet when he tells me he won a fictional competition I scold him for lying.
How do I help him understand the difference between good made up stories and bad ones? I don't want to squelch the good to stop the bad.