The mother of a 4 year old child (not in my class) approached me to ask how to handle her child who lies. I know that at this age it is normal to make up stories and blur the distinction between imagination and reality but this sounds different.
Here is the example she gaveMom knows A took chocolate without permissionMom: A what happened here? Did you take chocolate?A: NoMom: I think I just saw you take oneA: No I didn't, I don't even know where they areMom: Look, A, here's the wrapper and there's chocolate on your mouthA: No, I didn't.... I'm really tired I'm going to lie downSometimes she will also say "so and so pushed me at school" and the mom does not know whether it really happened.What would you advise this mom?Thank you
I recently came across this resource on why children lie and how to respond. I thought it might be helpful for the mom you described: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1703-when-young-children-lie
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