Friday, April 7, 2023

How to cure a lying child

My mom taught me one of best lessons ever in my life. A lesson that made me the honest person I am today. 

When I was in kindergarten I learned to lie from other students. I started to lie to my mother about things, probably minor or trivial things. I was only four years old, so it couldn’t have been that bad. 

My mother must’ve seen a good opportunity to teach me a good life lesson. She started by telling me there is a surprise coming next weekend, and it was Sunday now. She had the whole week to build it . Dropping hints and little comments she made it so I was practically jumping out of skin I was so excited.

When the appointed time came she just looked at me and said, “I lied.” 

As a four year old child I was absolutely devastated and I thought this is how people feel when they are lied to. 

I’m 38 years older now and can probably count the lies I’ve told since then on one hand. I’m not sure how effective this lesson would be on someone as old as your child, but I don’t think punishment is the answer. You need to get them to feel as I did when my mother lied to me. Food for thought anyways. Good luck.