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My Preteen is lying

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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My Preteen has started lying.  She had a project and told me that she was working on it.  That a milestone was completed at school or at her father's house.  Her best friend ratted her out the Friday before it was due so I grounded her all weekend to get it done and helped.  The remaining 10% she said that she was completing on the computer but was actually searching youtube and would switch to a research screen whenever I walked in.  So 5 weeks of lies over one project. I am fed up.  I told her how dissapointed I was and she looked guilty only to lie and say she was working on it the next day but wasn't.

How do I stop the lying?

by on Dec. 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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by Group Owner & PITA on Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Actually, that is a pretty typical behavior for any teen/preteen, toddler, child...

You could set rewards and consequences for benchmarks being and not being met.

If she gets the assignment done on time she would get a reward and if she doesn't there is a consequence (say loss of computer because it seemed to work). The good news is she isn't doing anything a "typical" kid wouldn't do.

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