Caught my 3 year old in a lie

Jodi-Rae - posted on 01/03/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




I caught my 3 year old in a lie yesterday. It was not something that would hurt him or others but was to keep him from getting into trouble. Any suggestions on how to nip this in the butt before it become's a habit?


Ruthie - posted on 01/03/2012




At a very young age our children were taught that lying wasn't accepted. Teach your little one that when he lies that it hurts your feelings, because you want him to be able to tell you everything. Tell him that whenever he tells you the truth (even though you might get upset) that you will be proud of him.


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Kate CP - posted on 01/03/2012




In my house a lie will ALWAYS get you in more trouble than the truth. And I will ALWAYS find out if you lie. When my daughter lied about washing her hands after going to the bathroom (this was a year ago, she was four at the time) her punishment was to have to wash her hands 5 times in a row while I watched her to make sure she washed her hands. She has tried lying since then to avoid getting into trouble but then she immediately 'fesses up. If they know that telling the truth is better than lying, and that no matter what Mommy ALWAYS knows when you're lying, they'll start to see the merit in telling the truth.

April - posted on 01/03/2012




I believe that consequences should be something signficant and memorable for something like lying, but first he has to really understand what he did wrong. I believe in spanking, but the specifics would have to be up to you. However, since it happened yesterday I think you'd have to wait until next time. He has to be able to connect the punishment to the wrong for it to mean anything, and I don't think that most 3 y/o can really understand that they're being punished for something yesterday.

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