My son is a storyteller. We've always known he was our creative one from the earliest days when he would draw on anything that would stand still long enough, including walls, his legs, library books and even my car leather...with a sharpie (that one hurt).
In addition to his artistic drawing ability he also has a very vivid imagination. He is constantly creating his own stories and not only writing them illustrating them as well. His most often-spoken phrase is "Can I have a piece of paper and a pencil?!"
His teachers tell me that he has a wonderful sense of storytelling and he does great when it's time for them to do narrative essays.
However, we've noticed that this is not always a positive trait. Lately, he seems to be inclined to tell small (or sometimes tall) tales on a daily basis. Most of them are pretty innocuous. For example, yesterday my older son said that he once mistakenly ate a hot ball instead of a gum ball, to which the younger one replied "oh yeah, I do that all the time. That's happened to me lots of times"
I'm pretty sure that's not true. Not even a little bit. I don't believe that he's ever had a hot ball much less "lots of times"
He also seems to make up information and state it as fact. As an example, If we are talking about whales he will begin to spout facts about whales that are not necessarily true but he will swear that they are and that he read them in a book at school or elsewhere. Sometimes he'll even say that he's seen whales "lots of times" (not true).
It's becoming an every day thing.
I think where we are struggling as parents is went to know when to call him out on his little white lies. Do we correct him every single time and say "no. That's not true. You absolutely did not eat a hot ball, see a whale, do 100 pull ups, dance with Madonna, etc." Or do we let him have some of his tales and only correct the ones that could potentially be harmful or spread misinformation?
I'm afraid if we correct him we'll be constantly calling him a liar. On the other hand, I don't want him to think it's ok to constantly make things up.
I'm honestly not sure how to handle it or if this is a natural stage of life that he will just grow out of.