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No advice, OP, just commiseration. My three-year-old is really pushing me to the edge in exactly the same ways - lying about having a poop in his pants, making deliberate messes, being rough with his baby brother - and staying calm is the hardest thing I've ever done. Even DH - who is a SAINT - is struggling.
What I try to remember is that because my little guy is so verbal we forget that his thinking hasn't yet caught up with his language skills. He's struggling with impulse control and genuinely trying to figure out the rules and all we can do is be calm and consistent - over and over and over, again - until it's totally clear to him.