LYING and MANIPULATION
Lying is one of my least favorite things in the entire world and my kids are learning how to lie (because it is an art form). Rather than getting really upset about it, I have been teaching them about the impact that their lies have not only on others, but also on themselves.
- What is trust?
- Do you want to be a trustworthy person?
- How does your lie make the other person feel?
- Would you like it if others lied to you?
- How would that make you feel?
Talking to kids about how their behavior impacts others is not the only way to alter their behavior, but it is very helpful with empathy and understanding their role within a larger context.