my 9 yr old

Hiesey - posted on 02/20/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So my son seeks snack and then does not tell the truth about it.. what can I do to help him be honest

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Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2015

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I caught my 8 year old step son doing this a few weeks ago. He has a problem with not telling the truth about a lot of things. I gave him a safe step on the stairs, you can also use a chair or what ever. He is safe on the step from his father and I getting angry or yelling at him. He can tell us what ever he wants to and we promise to stay calm. He knows that their still might be a consequence for what he did, but he feels safe enough so he doesn't feel like he needs to lie.

Raye - posted on 02/20/2015

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Shawnn, that could be a valid point about his nutritional needs being met, however lots of kids sneak snacks. My step-kids do it. Not only sneaking and leaving candy wrappers and open chip bags around the main floor of the house, but no food is supposed to be allowed upstairs in their rooms at all either, yet I find wrappers. And they lie or make excuses because they hope that will keep them out of trouble. It should be addressed and the kids made to behave and not lie, but my husband usually shrugs it off. Makes me cranky he sets a rule and doesn't enforce it, but that's one of those things that's "not my circus, not my monkeys".

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/20/2015

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Why does your son feel the need to sneak food?

Are his nutritional needs being met?

Dove - posted on 02/20/2015

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If you have healthy snacks out in the open and available at all times and keep the junk snacks out of the house... there will be no reason for him to sneak or for you to have to address any lying.

I would make sure he understands that if he lies about anything then you will not be able to trust him about anything.

Raye - posted on 02/20/2015

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If you catch him with snacks, tell him if he tells you the truth and promises to stop sneaking then punishment will be lighter than if he lies. If he keeps lying, then have harsher punishment for both the sneaking and the lying. Then keep snacks out of reach or hidden, so he has to ask for what he wants.

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