Q How should I react when my child tells blatant lies? I’d prefer the truth, but don’t want a big fuss!
Child psychologist Sally-Anne McCormack says: How you respond will depend on your child’s age. While adults may perceive something to be a lie, your child may be using his imagination (for example, “The dog told me to do it”). But if you’re certain your child is deliberately lying, I always suggest not putting them in a position where they might lie, such as asking, “Did you just eat that biscuit?” In most cases, looking at the parenting response will provide clues. Is your child fearful or anxious about your reaction or of the consequences? Perhaps he is expressing a deeper emotion – for example, if he always blames a particular sibling for everything.