My 10 year old daughter has been lying about her behavior in school for a week.

User - posted on 08/30/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Stating that she was doing great when in fact she was not. Last night I surprised her with a movie download for her "good behavior". However, today she called from school crying to confess what she has been doing. I don't know what to do now. I'm a single mom, and tired of always being the bad guy. I'm proud that she came clean, but for the life of me I can't think of an appropriate punishment. I think the guilt of receiving a reward for something that she was lying about was eating her up. I am trying to focus on the positive behavior, but with consequences for her inappropriate actions. Help? Thanks in advance!

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Nicole - posted on 09/02/2012

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I wouldn't punish her!! She had the nerve to tell you the truth, even if it took her some time, she came clean. I think what you should do Tressa, is instead of finding a "suitable punishment" I would suggest you start working on your communication ways with your daughter. If you punish her, she will think "its not alright to talk to mom" and she will bottle up more and more :( find ways to have a better communication with your Angel, or stop punishing her for every little thing she does wrong, talk to her instead, don't yell, "talk". What you need to find is a way for your child to feel comfortable enough to open up to you and obviously she isn't :(

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