3 years old and lying!

Geneviève - posted on 08/02/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Here's a doozy...my son is 3½ and has started lying. How do you explain what a lie is and better yet, how do you appropriately teach a small child not to lie?

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Amy - posted on 08/02/2012

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What is she lying about? Try to limit their opportunities to lie, for instance instead of saying "did you hit your brother?", say "why did you hit your brother". I've also made the punishment for the lie greater than the crime that they are lying about. So if my son lies I say are you sure that's your story or do you want me to the truth, because if you don't tell me the truth this is what's going to happen.

Also make sure that you don't let her catch you in little white lies or else she's going to think it's ok.

Chaya - posted on 08/02/2012

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Call him on it, and hold him responsible for it. Aside from it not being okay to lie, don't cause a bigger problem for someone else. My daughter didn't want to carry a cup, so she told me she finished the drink I saw where she put it, and I got a little upset with her. She's much older now, but she respects my rules now.

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