LYING and MANIPULATION
Everyone lies at some point in their life. We lie because we want to either protect someone from our real feelings, we want to gain something from someone else or we aren't confident enough to accept rejection. But when we lie or when we attempt to manipulate others with our words, we take away their power to decide. The impact of lying is great. Once we begin lying, it's really easy to keep at it.
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.
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.