My eldest daughter, Madeline, is 5 yrs old. I'm not a tyrant by any means, but I do expect her to tell the truth, clean her room, and be polite. She does pretty good, but she has a problem with lying. I'm trying to keep her trust for the teenage years by letting her know that no matter what, if she tells the truth, she won't get in trouble. But, she has been making up whoppers lately. For instance, she told her father that her step-dad and I spank her. We do not. I'm sure she is just trying to get attention from him because he only sees her once a month, but it causes more problems than I need. She also will hide her veggies in random places around the house. I don't force her to eat every bite. She doesn't have to eat anything she doesn't want to. And when I ask her if she hid her food, she flat out lies, even though I tell her to just tell me the truth, and she won't get in trouble. Is it normal for kids this age to lie more? Do I need to chill out?