One of my three little blessings told a lie. In fact, my child told a series of lies over a couple of days before confessing, under threat of further negative consequences (I won’t go into further details; just use your imagine, then multiply by two). It all started when the child took something without permission (a bunch of candy-she was authorized to take a few pieces). Although that was bad enough, when we asked the child about it, there was complete (convincing) denial (imagine that!).
My husband and I saw the lying as an even greater offense than the first. We tried to get our young lawbreaker to understand an important lesson: if you develop a reputation as a thief and liar, then no one will trust you, nor will they believe what you say-even when you decide to tell the truth. While we recognize that all kids and adults lie to varying degrees, we want to help our young ones to learn the value of truthfulness and integrity, and practice living by those standards.