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We are having problems with our daughter lying to us. She has started doing it more often and it is always about something really small. She says she lies because she doesn't want to get in trouble. We can't get her to understand that her punishment is worse b/c she lied. We have tried spanking, taking toys aways, not letting her play w/ friends, you name it. I just don't know what else to do. We can't just not punish her if she does something wrong, but I don't want her to be so worried about the punishment that she wants to lie.
let her know you are upset and that you can find out the truth. also promise her she will not get into trouble by telling you the truth and keep the promise. In my case, I have a camera in their room, so it is just a question of turning it on to view them but I make sure I get the truth before viewing.
Jenny8_11: Wondering how things are going for you now?? Do you still have difficulty with lying or have you figured out a good solution? I like MommyRN4's suggestion of explaining the difference in consequences because of truth versus a lie. Maybe you could also hype up truth-telling by reading about great people who triumphed because of truth, stories of kids who are honest, etc. Let us know how things are!