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How do I stop my child from lying?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Zeda Amaya
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Tell a story
A story well told can be worth all the lecturing one may be tempted to offer. Thus, sharing stories from one's personal experience about the consequences of lying or one from age appropriate books ( or perhaps a tv show that you view together with your teen) will get the message across without being "preachy.
You can also roleplay with young children or use puppets to illustrate your point.

In brief: Tell a story
A story well told can be worth all the lecturing one may be tempted to offer. Thus, sharing stories from one's personal experience about the consequences of lying or one from age appropriate books ( or perhaps a tv show that you view together with your teen) will get the message across without being "preachy.
You can also roleplay with young children or use puppets to illustrate your point.
Dr. Zeda Amaya
Dr. Zeda Amaya
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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Additionally, if it continues to be a problem after attempting to correct it, there may be deeper issues, especially if there has been a history of trauma. If it persists, get an evaluation by a psychologist familiar with the effects of trauma and attachment problems.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Depends on age
Kids <7 think in a primitive& make believe world different than older kids & adults.
They often tell you what they think you want to hear rather than the truth. Branding the event as a "bad choice", briefly express your need for better answers & drop the issue.Over 8 they should be held accountable as they can understand the concept of a willful lie.The grounding or punnishment should fit the crime.

In brief: Depends on age
Kids <7 think in a primitive& make believe world different than older kids & adults.
They often tell you what they think you want to hear rather than the truth. Branding the event as a "bad choice", briefly express your need for better answers & drop the issue.Over 8 they should be held accountable as they can understand the concept of a willful lie.The grounding or punnishment should fit the crime.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Find out why
Find out why your child in lying then explain why it is not necessary or acceptable.

In brief: Find out why
Find out why your child in lying then explain why it is not necessary or acceptable.
Dr. Pamela Middleton
Dr. Pamela Middleton
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