In any childcare centre in Baldivis or other Perth suburbs, children occasionally lie. In some ways, line is almost a rite of passage for children. It is as if they must do it to test their boundaries. However, some children lie more than others. Luckily, most children can be taught not to lie before the behaviour becomes too ingrained. Here are some helpful tips.
Why Children Lie
There are various reasons why children lie. One is so they don’t get in trouble. Another is to see if you can catch them. Children also lie to make themselves sound better than they think they are. Many times has just exaggeration, but children can easily cross the line from exaggeration into a lie. Children also lie to get what they want, such as telling one parent that the other said they could have candy.
When Children Start Lying
Most children start lying around three years of age and the behaviour accelerates between four and six years. They get better at it as they go along. if your child has learned how to lie without getting caught at about eight years, it becomes much more difficult to break them of the habit.
How to Encourage Your Child to Tell the Truth
One of the first things you can do is to encourage honesty. This can be done by telling your child how important honesty is in your family. When your child lies, you can also tell them that it makes you feel sad and disappointed.
One creative solution for children who make up stories is to tell them the story is great and that you would love to help them turn it into a book. This encourages your child to tell the truth but still provides an outlet for their creativity.
It can also be helpful to avoid putting your child in a situation where they are tempted to lie. For example, if you know your child made a mess, instead of asking if they did it just say, “let’s clean this up.”
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