Setting: In the bathroom. Something has gone amiss. The faucet is turned on and there is water all over the floor. Sam is standing on the stool in front of the sink in a drenched shirt. Dad enters the room and stops when he sees the mess.
Dad: "Sam, did you get all this water on the floor?"
Sam: "Ummmm, nope."
Dad: "Oh really? Well then who did it?"
Sam: "Ummmm, I think it was Peyton."
Dad takes a step back and realizes that this might be time for a good old fashioned life lesson about lying.
Dad: "Sam, I think you may be telling a lie. Do you know what a lie is?"
Sam gives a blank stare in return.
Dad: "A lie is when you don't tell the truth to someone. Like if you said that Peyton made this mess on the floor when you really were the one who made the mess. We don't like lies , Sam. It's not nice to lie to Mommy or Daddy or anyone else. Do you understand?"
Sam still stares.
Dad: "Sam, are you listening? Did you hear what I was saying? What is a lie, Sam?"
Sam: "Ummm .... poop?"