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Does Your Child Have a Problem with Lying?

Dec 19, 2019 / Discipline     

Every good relationship is built upon honesty. So when we notice our child struggling to tell the truth, we know it’s time to take action. However, Dr. Scott Turansky explains that “common discipline techniques don’t quite address the problem” of lying. Instead, here are some specific ways to encourage honesty. First, be sure to teach your child the difference between playing make-believe and lying. It’s important for young kids to understand when it’s appropriate to enjoy pretend stories and when the truth needs to be told. Second, be proactive in teaching about honesty. This might mean reading books or watching shows that communicate to your child why lying is wrong. Instill honesty in your kids. Here are some suggestions on how to handle your child's problem with lying. 



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