There are a variety of reasons why children will tell lies. They may wish to escape a repercussion by saying whatever comes to mind, even if it isn't true. Suddenly, children may begin to lie. For parents who have previously dealt with a trustworthy child, this can be shocking. Understanding why your child is lying and how to communicate with them will help you put a stop to it.
1. Refrain from labelling your child a liar
Labels can be painful, but they can also have a long-term effect on a child's self-perception. He may believe he is a liar if he is called one.
2. Make sure you're not lying.
When your child is detected lying, don't punish or isolate them. This can result in more serious deception or resentment. Instead, maintain your composure and explain why lying is unacceptable. You could also give them information. Encourage them to tell you the tale again, but this time tell it to you straight.
3. Give a warning
When you're quite certain you've caught them lying, give your kids one warning. "I'll give you one more chance to tell me the truth," for instance, remark quietly. If I find out you're lying, I'll give you a special punishment." It's also a good idea to underline the ramifications of lying. However, rather than condemning or shaming your youngster, focus on instilling accountability and honesty. It also helps if you speak in a calm, empathetic tone. Your youngster will feel less comfortable coming clean if you are angry, yelling, or threatening.
4. Expectations should be made clear.
Tell your child that you do not tolerate lying in your home. Tell him or her that telling the truth is just as important as other positive behaviors you demand from her, such as speaking to you respectfully and not interrupting you, or avoiding fights with her brothers.
5. Reinforce Honesty .
Recognize when your child is telling the truth and reward them. "I know it must have been difficult to tell me you broke that dish, but I'm glad you chose to be honest about it," compliment them.
6. Examine your personal attitudes
Consider what you say or do when it comes to telling the truth. Do you ever lie to acquire something you want or to get out of a situation? If your child overhears you telling a neighbor that you won't be able to feed her cat while she's away because you have a sick relative when the fact is that you secretly despise the cat, he or she will learn that adults lie when it's convenient for them.
7. Seek expert advice.
Children can develop a major problem with lying at times. Seek professional treatment if your child's lying appears to be pathological, or if it is causing issues at school or with classmates.
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