The Parent’s Ultimate Guide: Dealing With Your Child’s Dishonesty

Many parents would want what is best for their child, and they will do anything to ensure that the child is happy. However, sometimes children lie or cheat. This situation can be daunting for parents to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be so hard! Kids who lie often struggle with trust issues later in life, so it’s crucial that parents deal with this behavior as soon as possible! This article will provide helpful tips on dealing with dishonesty from your kids and show the child that honesty is always the best practice.

Find out Why they lied

Take time to figure out why your child lied in the first place. Before you can help them, you need to figure out what is causing the lying in the first place. Children lie for many reasons:

  • They may want attention, approval, or power over their parents.
  • They might feel pressure from an outside influence, like a friend who said it was okay.
  • Kids also tend to lie when there are no consequences (looking at younger children).

Knowing exactly why your kid lies allows you to deal with that specific reason! If your child tends to lie because of peer pressure, then grounding him won’t necessarily stop him from future influence and dishonesty unless he learns the negativity of peer influences.

Calmly tell them to stop

When your child lies, stop them immediately. Don’t let them get away with it, or you are teaching them that lying is okay. If your kid tries to lie about something they did wrong, call their bluff and ask for more information. Kids who constantly get through lying without consequences will continue with this behavior into adulthood because there were no negative consequences for it growing up. Punishment doesn’t have to be harsh either; sometimes, simple things like taking away electronics privileges work well depending on the situation’s circumstances. Give ample time outs when needed as well.

Take it gently

Please don’t be too difficult on yourself for not catching their lie earlier! This situation is a learning process for everyone involved and will take time to perfect. It’s tough as parents always to know what our kids are up to, especially with the rise of technology! But it’s advisable not to be too hard on yourself if you didn’t catch your child lying earlier; these things can happen even with being cautious, so follow through with teaching them that honesty is best going forward!

Discuss the consequences of lying

Discuss the consequences of lying, including “getting in trouble” or hurting someone else’s feelings. Talk about what could happen if they continue with the lying. Sometimes kids need a reminder of why honesty is important and how it can affect others around them! Kids should realize that their actions hurt themselves and everyone involved, so try to give them an idea of all the people affected when you catch them dishonest.

Be a role model

Model honesty by admitting when you make a mistake or forget to do something so that kids learn from your example. It is essential to model honesty for kids because it will show them that mistakes happen and are okay. If you are wrong, admit it. If you forgot something, let your child know the plan moving forward instead of trying to hide your mistake. Honesty lets everyone be on the same page- nothing gets lost in translation when everyone knows what they need to do next. Having open communication with our children now helps ensure their future success and happiness throughout life.

Respond with a sense of empathy

Listen carefully, make sure you understand what they are saying, and empathize with their feelings. Talk about what they can do differently next time and how it makes them feel so that the child can understand the importance of honesty moving forward. When we listen carefully, make sure we understand everything our kids are saying. Show empathy for their situation; this shows them that you care and want to help them in any way possible, which encourages a positive relationship between parent and child. Coming from a place of love will get you much further than trying to come off as strict or unapproachable; remember, parents should be do all these measures out of concern rather than anger or frustration because then everyone loses.

Let them know your disappointment.

Let them know you will be disappointed if they don’t tell the truth next time, but you’ll still love them. Kids are trying to get by in life just like everyone else, but honesty is something they need to learn for themselves. Let them know you understand the feelings involved and that it’s okay if they made a mistake- but tell them next time will be different. You love your child no matter what, so let them know this while encouraging good behavior moving forward.

Positive reinforcement

Praise good behavior and let children know that their parents are proud of them for doing things right. Let kids know when they are doing things right, especially when it comes to honesty. This practice will encourage them to keep up the good work and set a strong foundation for trust in relationships! Positivity breeds positivity, so be sure you’re encouraging your child’s positive behavior rather than focusing on negative actions that happened in the past. Just remember not to hold onto anger or frustration because then everyone loses- including your child who may shut down if they think they have done something wrong before even knowing what they did was terrible.

Teach them how to address a mistake

Teach them how they can tell you if they’ve done something wrong without getting into trouble for telling the truth. Let kids know that it’s okay to make mistakes, and you are there for them if they need help or advice! As long as you explain to the children how to come forward with the truth without getting into trouble, this is a good foundation for honesty moving forward. We all make mistakes sometimes, so teaching your child from an early age will set them up for success in their future relationships because everyone makes mistakes at some point or another. Still, when we learn from those lessons and apologize/make amends where needed, things usually end well after both parties take responsibility.


Last Updated on September 18, 2021