in a lie. My 6 year old that is. TWO lies to be exact. Last night he repeatedly lied about having homework until I asked him to show me his folder - at which point he realized he'd be busted and changed his tune to "I'm just kidding!". Mmhmm. Right.
This morning, I was in my room (still dark - not up yet) and he went into his bathroom (I have a straight shot view of the bathroom), turned on the light and left the door open. I could plainly see him standing to pee. No big deal EXCEPT that he's been missing the toilet a LOT lately, and DH told him he better start sitting because we're sick of cleaning up pee (yes, I do have him clean up the pee also - doesn't help). So, I casually call out "did you sit down to pee?" He answered "yes". I asked again. Same answer. Another lie. :(
So, I brought him in for a little chat, explained that I knew he was lying - and that he lied last night - and asked why. He admitted that he didn't want to get in trouble this morning or do his homework last night. I explained (again - this is not something new to any of my kids) that if you LIE you get in far worse trouble than if you had just fessed up to what you did wrong.
So...this morning and the rest of the day after school is nothing but business. Get ready for school...then sit quietly doing nothing. Come home from school, do homework, sit. Eat dinner. Sit. No TV, no games, no toys, no playing with his brothers or the dog.
He will have to write a "sorry I lied" note - maybe a short note on why lying is wrong (he's 6 - so not THAT great of a writer, lol). DH is going to pick up a book on lying from the library on his way home, so he can read that as well.
This morning he started stomping around about it, and I added tomorrow morning to the punishment. Asked him if he'd like to add tomorrow afternoon/evening I'm happy to - just keep up the attitude and it's a done deal.
He's quietly sitting now.