Oh parenting! Unfortunately, most days the WOES, far out way the YAYS! I know this is just a season of my life and I really am trying to appreciate each and every day with my children.
One of the most recent WOES that my husband and I are scratching our heads is this issue of lying. Our two older kids, while they are truly great kids – have started telling little white lies… constantly. We can see the eye shifts and the uncomfortableness as they tell these little fibs. As much as it peeves us, we just want them to understand why this behavior cannot continue – even if the lie is as simple as, no I didn’t let the dog inside the house (okay, please explain who pooped on the carpet then!).
As parents, you want the best for your child. You want to raise, sincere – authentic children. When your child lies and breaks trust, all you want to do is fix the problem. That’s the position we are in right now.
I wish I had the magic answer to fix what we are dealing with. While I know it could be a lot worse, this is something we’d like to nip in the bud before they get any older and before the little lies become big lies.
Each instance of lying that we catch, we explain why lying is bad and what the bible says about being honest. We are also making to watch any white lies that may come from our mouths as parents.
Any Suggestions on Helping Your Children Be More Honest?
Who is Molly Thornberg? Molly is someone who loves God, her fabulous husband and their 4 kids. Texas is her home, but she totally hates the heat. After years of being a working mom, she retired that season of life for a new season as a work-at-home mom. This new season can best be described as purposeful insanity. Her days include lots of coffee and kid chasing, and her nights are spent blogging. Molly is the creator of Digital Mom Blog, a site dedicated to moms and technology. She also blogs parenting for Babble. Follow her digital life on Twitter at @DigitalMolly.