Please HELP!!!

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




Someone please HELP!! My daughter is 3, she will be 4 in June. She is very mouthy and lies about anything and everything, how do you get them to change the bad behavior? I do not spank my child so that is out of the question. The mouth is her trying to act like her older sister, she is 17, But the lying.....I dont know where it is coming from.


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User - posted on 02/07/2012




At that age some children have not yet figured out the difference between reality and make - believe. Your daughter may simply have a very active imagination.

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2012




My son is 3, and was talking back a lot. I warned him he would get his mouth washed with soap. He did it. I put a dab (and I mean a single small drop) of dishsoap on my finger and put my finger in his mouth. Worked like a charm. He hasn't done it since.

Emma - posted on 02/07/2012




Be positive, and emphasise the importance of honesty in your family.

You can tell your child that you appreciate being told the truth and don’t like it when she lies to you. For example, try saying ‘When you don’t tell me the truth, I feel sad and disappointed’. You could also try books or stories that highlight the importance of honesty. For example, ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’ gives a good example of how lying can work against you.

Generally, it’s better to teach children the value of telling the truth than to punish them for minor misdeeds. Praise your child for honesty, even if it sometimes takes you a while to get it.

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