oh, the stories she can tell!

Jen - posted on 02/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My oldest (7) has started coming up with quite impressive stories (AKA -- LIES) she lies almost daily. not because she doesn't know its wrong, but i think she is trying to end the boredom. She can tell a 15 minute 'story' about something that happened on the weekend or when she was younger and everyone believes her....but its complete fantasy! her topics are so easy to believe i am just waiting for children's services to knock on my door. any help?

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Kylie - posted on 02/21/2009

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My almost 6 year old son is exactly the same. His Kindy Teacher used to wait for me at the end of the day to clarify facts, as she was never able to determine whether his stories were fact or fiction.



I tell him constantly that he is going to make a great author one day. I have done this since reading the following quote from an author, "As a child they called me a liar, as an adult they call me an author."

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Dr. Peggy - posted on 03/11/2009

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You also might want to get her a small recorder so she can tell her stories rather than write them. She might be enjoying the verbal telling of the story - the changes in voice, etc. Plus it is easier for a young child to talk rather than type. AND you can take the recorder a long on car trips for her to entertain herself - and you to listen in to her story telling.

Ellen - posted on 02/27/2009

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Kylie - your 6 yo is like mine! In kinder he earned the "Most Beautiful Writer" award at the end of the year. I had to ask if it was for his OCD penmanship. The teacher chuckled and said that it was for his elaborate stories, but that he did have the best penmanship in the class. I just chuckle at the stories - when they were happening I too thought I had a huge lying problem on my hands.

Deborah - posted on 02/21/2009

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Great idea Lauryan...I would definitely give it a try. It just might be the needed outlet for her to explore and by doing so you are putting a positive spin on it. She could write little short stories that you could 'publish' for her or even plays that she could have some friends act them out with her. And if her stories are really good and well written she could possibly publish them for real. Wouldn't that be exciting! But the bottom line is not to harp on the negative of it all. Gifted children are known for their imaginations, but rather reinforce it with a positive spin such as having her write it down.

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oy that's a scary one as people may not understand the diference between her "fantasy" stories and the truth.



Perhaps buy her a special work book or show her how to save her stories in MS word and encourage her to "be creative" by recording her stories.



And then stress the importance of starting her stories with "I made this up" or "this is what really happened" (for the truthful moments)



It's a talent to have an active imagination that can entertain and enthrall, so perhaps by encouraging her to record the "works of fiction" you may encourage this in a healthy path? she could research story development - plot, characters etc and perhaps even do a few courses on it.



All the best for helping her work through this.

Amy - posted on 02/21/2009

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Just wait till she 16. The whoppers she can come up with then will not only embarass you but make you laugh for days!

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