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When children lie to their mothers

This is so tough. I don’t think there is any one right answer. Generally, it is a phase (usually a loooong one) that has to be grown out of. We try not to ask questions that generally come back with a lie, for instance, “Did you brush your teeth?” One of my kids would always say yes, even though we knew she hadn’t brushed. So we try to remember to just say, “Go brush your teeth.” It is hard though. As the kids get older, if we know there is a lie, sometimes we just let them know we are disappointed, and sometimes there is a consequence. Not super consistent, I know, but I think it’s important to look at each situation and child a little differently.
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