She cut off a chunk of her hair, walked up to me with scissors in one hand and hair in the other and said with a straight face that she got her hair caught on something and it must have ripped out. Insisted this is what happened even when questioned.
Flat out denied having drawn on her dollhouse and walls, heard me assume out loud that her younger brother had done it and said nothing, then completely denied it even after I discovered more coloring in which she had spelled out her name repeatedly.
(FWIW, these two episodes were pretty out of character for her-she is 5 and never even did this stuff when she was smaller. I have been pretty busy and stressed out lately and am sure this is adding to the problem, plus her 2-year-old bro is a handful and I'm sure she has witnessed how he gets a lot of attention, albeit negative attention, from acting out in similar ways.)
There are more similar episdoes-clear cut evidence that she has done something she is not supposed to, but she completely denies it over and over again, even when faced with said evidence. She will eventually cave in and admit it, but only when "threatened" with something (i.e. losing a favorite activity etc., which I would prefer not to do)!
Is this a normal stage? How should I handle it? I have explained over and over again how when she lies, I have a hard time believing her other times, how I am more upset about the lying than the original problem, etc., but it seems not to be making a difference. It really upsets me and I'm sure she knows it and it is making the situation worse for both of us. Help!