In the last couple of months, my son has become a quite proficient liar.
Did you hit annika?
No, she's screaming bloody murder because she hit her head.
Did you go potty?
Yes, I went two minutes ago. (funny how I didn't hear it and his pants are still zipped up...)
It started slowly with teeny lies and now we are up to 3-4 whoppers a day. I can usually tell when he is lying, but man....what to do.
I think I found a solution today, but I'm wondering what others have done....grandparents, parents, people who think they know exactly how they will parent someday.....
It's the whole catch 22
a) you're only 80-90% positive he is lying so its scary to just accuse him and go based on that.
b) if you get him to admit he is lying, and he tells the truth, how do you deal with punishment/rewards? Still needs a punishment for doing something wrong and lying about it, but on the other hand, a reward for finally telling the truth.
Argh. What have I gotten myself into? Can I just say this is 10x harder than training horses or dogs? : )