Dealing with Lying | Part 2


Why Is Lying Important to Deal With?

Lying is a very deep rooted issue.  It is an extremely self-centered act.  It is done at the expense of others for personal gain. Lying must be dealt with as part of the training of the child. If you can’t trust a child to tell you the truth, how can you let them out of your sight? How can you let them move on the next steps of training.

Lying is an effort to avoid taking responsibility for my humanity. It’s a natural response … if I can get away with it.  So if it a “natural response” why must we take it so seriously, because lying is addictive.  Lying can become so addictive that even the person doing it has a hard time deciphering the truth.  Many times in residential program the children have been so conditioned to lie they have to be retrained to tell the truth.

A child must be taught to work on thinking out his response.  I heard once that we shouldn’t as parents put our children in a position to lie.  For example, a mom sees her young child throw a toy instead of asking “did you just throw that?” She can rephrase the question and say “I just saw you throw that toy” and proceed with the discussion.  Help your child learn to discuss the whys of the situation. “mommy I threw the toy because I was pretending that it was a spaceship.”  Even something as small as this can help a child process their responses. It is the job of the parent to help the child learn to accept the responsibility for his unacceptable behaviors and part of teaching responsibility.   We want to raise children who are trustworthy so we must take lying very seriously.


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Dealing with Lying | Part 5


Your Teen and Lying

Lying is a scary thing to deal with at any age, but especially in teenagers. Parents can feel so helpless because there are so many areas that a teen can make life altering decisions. We want to know our teen is trustworthy. So what do we do if we find out that our teen is lying? The behavior must be consequenced in a big way. Next, observe to find out if this is a consistent problem. Take some time to check up on your teen to see if they are doing what they say. If lying has become a pattern then a parent need to tighten up on the teens boundaries.This means we need to call a parental staff meeting to decide the areas which need to be tightened up on. A meeting with the teen then needs to take place to communicate that trust has been broken. Communicate to the teen the they will not be allowed as much freedom until trust is restored. One of the ways to build trust is to admit when you have done something wrong. When this is happening consistently and trust has been built, then the teens boundaries can slowly be restored. Remember lying needs to be taken seriously because of the impact it can have on your child’s future.


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Dealing with Lying | Part 4


The Reasons Children Lie

When our children are lying consistently, we may need to take a step back and evaluate why it is happening. The first thing we need to examine is our example​.  Are we telling our child the truth even in difficult situations?  One way to do this is to admit when we are wrong and apologize to our child.  Secondly, we need to examine our standards for our child. Are our expectations too high? Are we expecting them to reach a standard of perfection or getting irritated with their childish behavior?  Thirdly, is it attention seeking behavior because I have been too busy or my focus else where? Lastly, have I allowed my child to get away with lying because I have been too busy or exhausted to deal with them consistently?
Dealing with lying in and of itself can be exhausting but it is essential for us to help our children overcome, before it becomes habitual. A habit of lying can impact every area of their adult life. Take the time to evaluate the cause behind the lying. It may help to prevent it from happening.


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Dealing with Lying | Part 3


The Process of Dealing With The Lie

The process of dealing with a lie can leave a parent scratching their head and wondering what to do.  If I confront it will it only lead to more lying? Often times a parent can make the decision to just ignore the behavior.  This is extremely detrimental as we discussed earlier this week because lying is such addictive behavior.  First thing we need to do is confront the lie.  Make sure your child knows that you are aware a lie has taken place.  At that point “the world needs to stop.”  A big deal needs to be made and an additional, and more significant, consequence needs to happen.  They also need to be given the opportunity to tell the truth.  When a child chooses to tell the truth we need to praise that decision.

Like we have mentioned before if a child makes the choice to tell the truth when caught doing something or in the place when they could lie, we need to go crazy with praise.  We must be intentional with “catching” them doing the right thing and telling the truth, especially when they could have lied.  Check out Teaching Your Child The Ability to Trust Part 4, for an example by clicking here.



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Dealing with Lying | Part 1


Why Does My Child Tell Lies?

To deal with this difficult topic in parenting we must start by asking the question, what is lying? International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database defines a lie in this way; “In its very essence, a lie is something said with intent to deceive. It is not always a spoken word that is a lie, for a life lived under false pretenses, a hypocritical life, may be a lie equally with a false word.”

So why do lies happen? For children it may simply be to get out of trouble or an over active imagination.  For teens it may also add for appearances sake, they want to please their peers or not want to feel bad about themselves.

Thirdly, we can ask where do lies come from? John 8:44 says this, “For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Meaning, we all have a sin nature so it is natural for us to immediately resort to lying when we are caught at something.  We must be trained to be truth tellers.

Now that we have answered these three important questions check back the rest of this week for answers on dealing with lying.





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