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Why does my younger half-brother do this? - May 19th 2010, 06:32 AM

Okay so to let you know, I have a half brother, billy, who is 7 years old, and I only see him on Sunday for 4 hours.
The thing is, is he LIES. He lies ALOT. I dont know why, and it's really annoying. It's not always about big things either. Like if he knocks something over, and says "Emma did it!" Well I can see why he would say that. But its little things. I will give you a few examples.

He said "Emma, do you want a packet of chips?"
I say "No thanks."
He says "Mum, Emma and I want a packet of chips." (He does the exact same with a drink)

When my dad comes to pick me up from my house, billy comes too
He said "Can we take this playstation to my house to play?"
I say "Nah it is not very good!"
He says "Me and Matthew have done all the levels and it's fun" (matthew is his friend)
I say "Billy, you dont have the game!"
He says "Matthew has"
I say "No, he doesn't"
(we keep arguing about this until he says "How do you know")
I say "Because I talk to Matthew!"
So he's caught out, he just said "oh"

The other week he just came up to me and said "Subway is closed!" and it wasnt....
Before that he said "I had to get another ice cream because I dropped it all over the TV" again this is rubbish.
I will ask him how he does in soccer, he will say "We Lost" but he won.

There are heaps of other things like this he does, I don't believe ANYTHING he says because its little things that normal kids just don't lie about. Like why bother telling me subway was closed when it wasnt?? I thought at first it was because of his age, but these little fibs are just getting annoying. Why does he do it????
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Re: Why does my younger half-brother do this? - May 19th 2010, 06:45 AM

I think It's just one of those things kids do. My little sister is ten and told some girls at her school she dyed a thousand eggs or something. I got mad because I don't like kids coming up to me and asking me dumb questions about my sister. I made her tell me why she lied and she said It was because she didn't have friends and basically wants to be more interesting. =/ Maybe he just wants to include you.

P.S. I don't know what half-brother has to do with it, but my sister is also my half sister. It doesn't make a difference at all and would never never refer to her like that.

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Re: Why does my younger half-brother do this? - May 19th 2010, 11:22 PM

I think little kids are just like that. They enjoy it I suppose, Just make him think it doesn't affect you.
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Re: Why does my younger half-brother do this? - May 21st 2010, 02:52 AM

I can see why its annoying. Well, just tell him it really isn't good. But also, it may be coming from somewhere else. The thing about the ice cream is perhaps he sees he can get things only if he says you also want them. I know when I was smaller, my parents would agree to things if both of us( me and my sister ) would want to that certain thing. But this only satisfies some situations. For the others, just tell him it isn't good and he should stop.

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Re: Why does my younger half-brother do this? - May 22nd 2010, 12:42 AM

It's just his age. And I don't think it sounds like he is lying on purpose, it sort of sounds like he is confused. Like maybe an adult told him that Subway was closed because they didn't want him to go there, so he has just repeating that to you. Or maybe, he wanted Subway to be closed, so he told you that and hoped it would be true. Kids just say stuff like that, I don't think he is doing it to be malicious.

It can be hard to deal with such a huge age difference between siblings though. I'm 16 years older than my youngest sister (not half-sister, there's just a big age gap). And sometimes she just drives me crazy with the stuff she says. But you just have to realise that when kids are younger, their brains aren't as developed as yours and don't work the same way as yours. As long as he isn't lying about big things, I don't think it's too big a problem.

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