Monday, February 26, 2007

Prevaricator

How do you teach a child to tell the truth? My oldest has started telling lies. Some of them are just little details and some are bigger more intricate fibs. I'm not sure how to teach him the importance of telling the truth. He has been caught on several occasions fibbing to us. And when confronted, he insists that he is telling the truth, even though we know he isn't. We have explained over and over to him why it is important to be honest. We even got "Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer Space" (VeggieTales). Okay, so we didn't get the video because of him. We got it a long time ago. Which means that he should know better! Doesn't he remember what happens to Jr. Asparagus when he tells a lie? Does he really want a giant purple alien to scoop him up and carry him to the top of the water tower??? ANYWAY, I'm getting a little frustrated with my little prevaricator. Any thoughts or ideas to share? I just don't know how to help him understand how important it is to tell the truth.

2 comments:

Amber said...

We're going through that right now with our 2-year-old so consequences are a bit different. I'm not sure how to deal with an older kid. I remember I was the queen of fibbing as a kid and the only thing that got me out of it was CONSTANTLY being called on it. I finally decided it just wasn't worth it.

Melissa said...

I think that's what we're gonna have to do... just keep letting him know when we've caught him and then try to explain why it's not okay. SIGH... this parenting stuff is HARD! :)