Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

I recently looked up “lying” in What to Expect the Second Year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t listed in the index. A Google search revealed that most kids start lying around four years old, with some making up stories at three…which doesn’t explain why Eva has taken to lying like a duck to water.


The kid didn’t start walking until she was 17 months, but this she does two years early.


It all started last week when I ducked out of the living room to take a bathroom break. Suddenly, I could hear Eva laughing, a cage rattling, and our parakeet going crazy. I rushed to finish up and washed my hands, hearing a micro-stampede happening in the other room. When I turned the corner, Eva was sitting in her chair, as far away from our bird as possible. Everything in his cage was still swinging and he was flapping his wings with indignation.


Me: Eva?

Eva: No?! (She says “no” like it’s both a question and an exclamation. It’s adorable.)

Me: Did you touch Harvey?

Eva: No?!

Me: Mama has told you not to touch him.

Eva: No?! No, Mama?!

Me: So, what’s up with Harvey?

Eva: (to Harvey) What’s up?



And then, two days ago, she watched me make cupcakes for Election Day. I was frosting them when I stepped out to take another bathroom break. I finished and came back into the kitchen to find this:



Me: Eva…

Eva: NO?!

Me: Eva, did you…

Eva: No?!

Me: You’re covered in frosting.

Eva: No?!

Me: You ate it.

Eva: No?!

Me: Eva, where’s the spatula?

Eva: Where is it?

(I followed a smear of chocolate frosting and found the spatula jammed under the fridge. I pulled it out.)

Eva: Oh, there it is!


I cannot find anything on toddlers and lying.  She doesn’t even know what a time out is – the closest thing we have is that I make her go outside if she gets rowdy in restaurants. At this rate, if I make her go outside whenever she lies she’s going to end up a lawn ornament.


…and she has such an innocent face.

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  • Reply Gina

    To an outsider, this post is HILARIOUS but I know you must be frustrated.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Hope

    I think Eva needs to watch “Pinnochio” and learn what happens when you tell lies. 🙂

    November 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Jessica W

    I have an 18mo old and we are also dealing with this! I have to tell you that my husband and I just cracked up at belly laughing because we can relate so much!!

    November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm
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