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Spend more one-on-one time with him and if he has siblings, time with just him. At his age this is normal attention seeking behavior. I'm not sure that making a huge deal out of it works...I guess that depends on your kid.
We have much bigger consequences for lying than for anything else...grounded from tv, friends, all screens, and added chores. It is not much fun around here if you lie, so it doesn't happen often.
Yep, crack down hard and make him feel like he has really made you ashamed. My son did that a bit in the beginning of 1st grade or the end of kindergarten and it was for ridiculous things that he would totally get caught for because he left evidence. Why lie when it's so obvious that you did it?? Other times he was trying to avoid punishment from one parent. We would tell him that the punishment for lying was far worse that the "possible" punishment. Sometimes you may not even get punished if you tell the truth. We gave lots of examples of telling the truth and rewarded verbally and sometimes otherwise when he would tell the truth. That's a major part, make a big deal when they do the right thing.
Good luck and I hope it gets better.
Just thought I'd throw this out here for anyone's ideas. My son, almost 6 lies about everything. I don't really know what to do about it anymore. Some of the things aren't major, but if we don't get on him about it now, what about when he's a teenager. We've tried early bedtime, taking things away.....not sure what to do next.
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