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8 Ways to make your Child Tell the Truth

Lying is one of the most common child behaviour problems that parents face, especially when their children are young. Children often tend to lie when they sense bad consequences like a scolding or punishment coming their way, but the problem really aggravates when they form a habit of lying. It is now, that you really start getting confused about when your child is telling the absolute truth, exaggerated or distorted truth or a complete lie.

Here are some ways to get your child to tell the truth:

  1. Encourage everyone in your house including yourself to speak the truth. Make sure the rule is followed under all circumstances.
  2. Never lie in front of your child, even if it is as simple as making an excuse to not to go to a friend’s party because everything that you do is being watched by your child, all the time.
  3. Make them understand the benefits of speaking the truth and to consider other people’s emotions while being honest.
  4. Study your child’s behaviour, observe her statements and narrow them down to the reason behind her lies – fantasy, boastfulness or fear.
  5. Warn your child once, before actually announcing any consequences with words like “If I find you lying, you’ll have to clean my room”.
  6. Make use of the ‘restorative justice’ or positive punishment instead of scolding or other negative consequences, example make her do the math test thrice if she lied about her marks.
  7. Share stories like that of ‘The Boy who cried Wolf’ and others to encourage them to speak the truth and avoid lying because then they would lose their trustworthiness.
  8. Identify when your child is being honest and acknowledge it by pointing out that you noticed her being honest despite the situation being difficult.



Meenal Arora
Meenal Arora
Mrs. Meenal Arora is the Executive Director of SHEMROCK Preschools & Founder Director of SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools – one of India’s leading education groups, which manages over 425 Senior Schools & Preschools across India and Abroad. As Head of the school curricular division, Mrs. Arora’s responsibilities extend to designing, innovating and developing educational systems. An enthusiastic writer as well, she has been consistently providing articles on parenting and many more topics related to children, which are regularly published in some of the leading newspapers and monthly magazines like Responsible Parenting, Parent’s India, Curriculum, Child, Grehlakshmi, Grehshobha, Bindiya etc. She is also on the advisory panel of Parent’s India Magazine - one of the country’s leading magazine.

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