Liar Liar: Dealing With A Lying Child

Tell the Truth

At some point, all children will lie. The first time it occurs, you don’t have to be alarmed. However, when a child learns they can prevent getting into trouble through fibs, you need to watch out. Lying can become a bad habit. Address the issue head on and let your child know honesty is better than dishonesty with these ways to get your kids to tell the truth.  Here are some tips from professional and my own experiences as a mom.

Teach your child the importance of honesty early on.

Reward good behavior by acknowledging and appreciating honesty, even if it what they tell you is something bad that they did. I let my own children know that what they did was bad, but I always make a point to let them know that I’m happy they told you the truth.

Be a good role model and practice what you preach.

If you want to teach your children not to lie and to tell the truth, you have to be honest as well. Kids aren’t aware of the difference between a little white lie and other forms. Never let your child hear you say something untrue. Children will imitate your actions.

Make the punishment fit the crime.

I always make sure to teach my children that the consequences for their actions will be greater if they lie. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s important your child learns they don’t have to lie when they do.

Never ignore the issue.

When you catch your child lying, address it. If you ignore lying, it teaches your child nothing will happen if they’re dishonest. They need to know there are consequences for lying; and if they lie, they will have to face them.

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