Reasons and How to Stop Preschoolers From Lying

Preschooler lying is a very common occurrence. It can even be considered to be a normal phase in the development of the child. However, it is not something that parents should ignore.

The responsibility of the parents is to teach the child to be honest and to value honesty.

Reasons for Preschooler Lying

Preschooler lies can take the form of little fibs or fantastical stories.


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This is due to the fact that children at this age are still trying to distinguish between fantasy and reality. Children at the age of three and four years are not even fully able to understand what constitutes a lie. Their imaginations also tend to take flight at this age, thereby resulting in hard-to-believe fantasy tales in some cases.

Sometimes when the child sees that you are angry about something she did, she will say she did not do it. This is because she did not mean to make you angry by her act, and so in her mind, she rationalizes that she did not do it in the first place. For example, if your child has been coloring on the walls, she is bound to lie saying she was not responsible for it when she sees your anger. The best way to deal with this situation is not to lecture her or corner her in a situation where she will be compelled to lie. Simply telling her that the house rule is that coloring is done only on paper and that together you and she are going to clean up the walls is enough to make her aware that she did something wrong without her having to tell a guilty lie.

How to Stop Preschoolers to Lie

When you are faced with a situation where your child is telling a lie, let her know the importance of telling the truth.

Telling her that she is a liar will only cause her to tell more lies to avoid your anger and blame. Encourage her to tell the truth by saying that you will not be angry as long as she speaks the truth. This will remove the fear of the consequences from the child's mind. Preschooler lying usually takes place because the child does not want to be punished. It is also important to praise the child when she tells the truth. Another important practice when teaching honesty to your child is to ensure that you are honest yourself. This sets the right example for the child to follow. Once the value and importance of honesty has been established for the child, telling the truth is something she will always strive for.

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