The Mom’s Blog

  • Lying and Other Dishonesty
    Lying is just another one of life's little challenges and to be honest (no pun intended) I haven't found the magic bullet that solves the lying problem. I believe that this is something that we are, as parents, destined to re-visit over the years as our children develop and mature. It all seems to start with the very natural magical thinking that very young children do.  It's not actually lying - I think lying has to have some intent behind it to be considered dishonest.  Magical thinking is when a young child believes that when they say something or think something - it becomes real.  Eventually children learn that they can't actually blow you up with their mind when they are angry but mine seem to all have managed to go through several different phases in which lying was an issue. There are a couple of things that we tried over the years to combat the battle with the truth but they are all derived basically from the main concept. No matter what when you tell the truth - all the time - you earn trust. When you lie, you break a trust and then whenever you tell us something, there is going to be a small amount of doubt in our minds - we will wonder if it's the truth we are hearing. One day, and this happens to almost everyone, something will happen and you will tell your story and someone wont believe you.  It might be that you are
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