It is 3:00 in the afternoon and I am finally putting up today’s Tuesday Topic. It’s a good one, so even though it hasn’t been up all day, I hope you will take a moment to leave a comment. Stacy wrote,
What looked like an initial easy first 6 months home, one of my new four is now constantly lying to me (never to my husband). She will look right at me, lie then say, “Mom I promise I am not lying!!” This happens over and over for sometimes hours on end, in the meantime she is screaming like a small 2 year old having a fit. She is around 8 years old. I started rocking her in the rocking chair two nights ago and then instantly had two great days, but WHAM, today she is back to not listening to anything I say and lying…
My question is what do you say, as the Mom, to a child that you KNOW is lying to you? I usually deal directly with the lie, then follow with ” Nothing you can do will make us love you any less.” (sometimes so very hard to say, but is still said).
I don’t know about you, but lying can downright make me nuts. As I told Stacy, surprisingly, we have not had huge issues with lying, but when we have, it has been a big challenge for us. I don’t have any wonderful words of wisdom, so I’m relying on those of you who have had the privilege of parenting a child who lies with regularity — or who used to lie with regularity — to please share your thoughts. Be brave – just toss your thoughts out – don’t worry about saying it all perfectly; trust me, when I start worrying about that, I stop writing and it is no fun at all.
Encourage one another,
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