My 5 year old daughter, which is the youngest of 3 & the only girl, has been consistently lying about little things lately. My SO or I will ask her, "Did you brush your teeth?" "Did you put your shoes in the closet?" "Did you wash your hands?" Whatever the little question is, she quickly answers what we want to hear, but we can tell she hasn't even thought of her answer. So we either ask again, or check up on what we asked, and find that she didn't do what she said, or the boys will tell the truth.
The other day I asked her if she knew what lying was and she said no. So I explained it's when someone doesn't tell the truth. I also explained to her that she should always be honest, even if she thinks she will get in trouble, because it's best if she tells us things than if someone else does or if we find out afterwards. Since then I've sensed hesitation with her answers as though she's putting thought into it first. But the boys call her bluff: if she answers & giggles right afterwards, they say she's lying.
Any suggestions on how to emphasize and make sure she understands the importance of telling the truth?
Answer by NannyB. at 1:30 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
I used to be a horrible lier when I was that young as well. My mother after trying spanking and time-outs and talking to me about it decided to give me a taste of my own medicine. She started to lie to me and then would ask me how it felt to be lied to...of course I didnt like it! I believe I didn't fully understand what the big deal was with lying until she showed me how it felt to be on the other side of it. Good luck moma!!
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