Choosing Honesty: Tips for Raising Trustworthy Kids

Recently, I heard toddler screams emanating from the living room. When I went to check on my kids, I found a distraught two-year-old and a four-year-old who seemed to be holding something behind her back. Naturally, this prompted to a few questions:Me: Do you know why your brother is mad?Daughter: Oh yes! He wants his toy car.

Me: Do you know where it is?

Daughter: Maybe somebody took it and hid it!

Me: Hm, can you tell me who took it?

Daughter: I don’t know!

[Long, long pause]

Daughter: I think maybe it was me.

If your child has ever lied to you, take heart: it turns out that most kids have a strong tendency to lie when they transgress rules or expectations.

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