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What to do when your child lies

Life goes through many phases from crawling to old age and human always keep on learning from the small and big incidents. Childhood is the time when everyone remains curious about knowing their surroundings. Also, this is the stage of life when a person learns good and bad habits that remain the same until the end of life. As being a parent, you may face several situations when your child lies. Actually telling lie is in the nature of human and everybody do so including you. But making it a part of life leads to serious consequences in the future.  If you are also noticing that your child is lying for no reason or trying to hide something then it’s time to understand them. 

Reasons behind the lies of children

Nobody knows what is right and wrong from birth, a child learns what parents, teachers, and people around him/her do. To make them a part of civilized society, it is the duty of parents to teach the moral codes. Children of every age group consider lying in different ways. There are generally 3 stages of a child’s life when you can notice them telling lie for different reasons:-


Below 3 years


Small children within the age group of 3 years do not actually know that what is truth and lie. They may start crying just to gain the attention of elders or also tell lie just because of your angry tone of the question. 


Between 3 to 7 years


This stage of life is full of imaginative world and fantasies. Children cannot figure out the difference between reality and imagination. They start considering them as big enough and tell ties for no reason. 


Above 8-10 years


 After reaching this age group, it becomes easy for a child to understand what is right and wrong. In this age, most of the reason behind telling lie is intentional such as:-

  • Hiding mistakes
  • Fear
  • Not understanding something clearly
  • Parental restrictions

What to do in this situation?

From the above points, it is clear that there are different reasons for telling lies by children. Now you need to know some effective steps to tackle this situation perfectly. Just like the reasons for lying, the solutions also differ on the basis of age group.


From birth to three years


As you know that this is the initial stage of life and children even don’t know that they are lying. Detecting their lie is easy but it becomes confusing how to react because you cannot punish a small child of this age group. In that case, give a mild and diplomatic response for their lie. Let them know that you catch their lie and it makes them unhappy. 


Between three to seven years


Around the age of 3 and four, a child starts understanding the world and can respond to your questions. Whenever you catch their lie, let them explain completely what they are trying to say. Then catch their lie and make them clear that this is lying and why it is not good. While responding to their lie, give some strict reactions with warning tone so that they do not repeat this mistake again. 


Above 8-10 years


At this age, they clearly understand what is lie why it should be avoided. If they start making it a habit for benefits like school leaves, homework ignoring or anything else then be strict. Tell them clearly that these kinds of lies will not be tolerated and punishment is also applicable. 

Since childhood, teach them the value of moral codes and reasons to avoid lies whether it is small or big. Do not ignore it because this may become a habit that ruins the complete future child. 

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