How do you deal with lying at the age of 4/5?

Kathy - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son has been lying a lot lately. I think he found out that if he lies, he doesn't get punished because I would believe him and think that he "didn't do it." It is sometimes hard to tell if he is honest or not. I have caught him lying because of evidence (for example "I didn't eat any chocolate" when there is chocolate all over his mouth.

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I would always explain to my kids that if they do something they shouldn't do they will get in trouble, but if they lie about it then they will get in even more trouble. Lying is not an option in our household. Some kids just go through that phase, but if you make it known right away that it is not acceptable then he won't do it for long. Good Luck :)

Kimberly - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have the same problem. My 4 year old and my 7 year old. I haven't yet figured out how to stop it but when I know who did it or find the evidence I confront them and we have talks about it. Like why they did it, why they lied about doing it, and then we talk about why it is wrong to lie. So far they have not lied as much as before. Hope you find this a little helpful.

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