What To Do When Your Child Lies To You

  • If your child has not lied to you… They cannot talk yet, they’re really good at lying, or you are not paying attention. The question is not: Is your child going to lie to you?
  • The question is: How will you respond when your child lies to you?
  • When your child lies to you, here are some ideas:
    • Act more sad than mad.
    • Act surprised. You never expected them to lie because you trust them.
    • Emphasize the importance of trust in your family.
    • Talk about how lying damages relationships…and relationships are the most important thing in your family.
    • Ask if they wanted to tell the truth but found it really difficult to do so…that’s often the case.
    • Come up with an appropriate consequence. Lying should result in a negative consequence…or even better…a consequence that makes the damaged relationship better.
    • Forgive them out loud.
    • Love them out loud.

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