How to Handle Kids Who Lie

Lying is one of the toughest behavior challenges to deal with. I know for me, it’s one of those things that kids do that pushes my buttons. I have to remind myself to step back, take a deep breath and deal with it from a rational, not reactive, place. I recently read a great article that outlined lots of good approaches. And it summed up why the issue of lying is so important. It said, “At the bottom line, we know that lying is a normal part of development. In and of itself, it isn’t cause for great alarm. We also know, however, that when a tool works for a child, the child will continue to use it. The longer they use it, the more it becomes a habit. An obviously tall tale at 4 may not be much cause for concern, but a habit of deceit at 10 may become a huge problem.”

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