Why??? I don't get why difficult child 1 had to tell a lie...one that wasn't necessary. He and his friends stayed over Sunday night. They had said something about going to school on Monday. Then when I got home at 4pm last night, he and his friends come running out to tell me how they had to miss school because they were looking for Grandma's dog. (I'm dog-sitting this week) Something about how they left the back gate open the night before and how it was all my fault because they didn't know that I had Grandma's dog. 1) I don't care if he goes to school or not so he didn't have to tell me whether he went or not. 2) It was 4pm, the school doesn't call me and notify me about his going or not going...hasn't since his 18th b-day. So he could have said nothing and I wouldn't of asked. 3) I know the gate was locked because I always check it. 4) If the gate was open, my three runners would of had a hey-day checking out the neighborhood. So why tell a lie??? I don't get it. Are difficult children compelled to lie? Or was it just that I had bragged here about a few steps forward so he had to take one backwards?