FRE­QUENT fib­ber

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q How should I re­act when my child tells bla­tant lies? I’d pre­fer the truth, but don’t want a big fuss!

A

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.

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