I think it started as it always does. Something gets broken or the baby is woken up and Sam decided that he didn't want to get in trouble and blamed Nephi. When it worked, BAM he found a new strategy. It may have worked a while until we actually witnessed something he did and then he blamed it Nephi... then we discovered that he had become a little falsehood teller.
It may not be so bad, I mean we know what's up... but the fact is, that he is starting to tell Big Fish tales now. Making up stories and/or events that never happen.
For example: You know that funny little dimple he has on the top of his cheek:
"What scar?" I asked.
"The one on his face," he said.
"He doesn't have a scar on his face..."
"Well, I thought it was a dimple, but when I asked Sam about it he told me that when he was a baby you cut him with scissors." I inwardly gasped! The little liar! For grandpa's benefit, though, I rolled my eyes, acting like it wasn't a huge deal and explained that he was lying and that it was, in fact, an oddly placed dimple.
I have to wonder, though, what he tells his teacher's at school! His friends? People at church? And will people really believe his bizarre tales? I sure hope not!
How do you teach your kids honesty?