We visited my mother in law and father in law last week. My mother in law informed me that she was "taking up" for my son (Levi...he's 6). When I asked her what she meant, she informed me that he'd dropped a piece to a dremel tool into a little hole on the patio table, so she told him not to worry, that she would just tell his dad (my husband) that she did it.
I told her that it would've been fine for Levi to tell the truth and that he wouldn't have been in trouble. I then talked to Levi afterward and told him that no matter what...even if an adult tells you to lie...you always tell the truth.
I know that my mother in law has trouble with the truth and for some reason has a need to be a martyr, but I don't want her encouraging my son to be dishonest and sneaky. What do you all think I should do if this kind of thing happens again?