Child Psychology and Behaviour

5 year old daughter lying

Kathakali Basu
3 to 7 years

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Updated on Jun 06, 2017

my five years old daughter is making up stories and unnecessarily lying all the time, I have tried to make her understand how bad it is still it persist. please help

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Sukanya

| Jun 09, 2017

hi kathakali.... there is one more simple way to bring out the child from lying... do narate some small moral stories everynight regarding the same and explain the impact of lying while you make your child sleep.

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Mahima Krishna

| Jun 07, 2017

hi kathakali.... after having read shikha's comments I agree with what she said.... another imp thing is remember children tend to repeat or imitate things we have done in front of them.... when I say "we" I mean people with whom they tend to spend time.. observation and repetition is what children do most of the times... observe what and who is she imitating.... probably she's picking up the habit of lying too similarly.... but keep talking to her and don't tend to react adversely when speaks the truth... u will need a lot of patience to deal with this.... beating up and punish might not solve the problem and can make it worse... so plz take care n handle it....

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Kathakali Basu

| Jun 07, 2017

will try your suggestion today, yes normally towards late evening she talks to me about the whole day and I patiently listen to her, will try to talk to her again today.

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Shikha Batra

| Jun 07, 2017

Kathakali did u speak with her regarding this . without scolding her or seeking an explanation, just initiate a casual talk confirming the same from her. sometimes when children do not know answers of question being asked, they cook up a story without really realizing that it could be considered a lie.. Also sometimes children build up a plot when they see parent is taking keen interest in whatever they have to share and go with the flow. dont panic if it has happened just occasionally . just keep a watch on her and politely let her know, that it could have become a serious matter , if u would have gone to their house to check on him.. and they would have told u that he was never unwell. hope this will be of help to u!

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Kathakali Basu

| Jun 07, 2017

thanks shikha, but her lying is about for example she stays in day care so the other day she said that the husband of day care lady is not well and she along with others took him to doctor where the doctor injected him medicine, on inquiring I found that the lady's husband went on business trip and was not even in town.

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Shikha Batra

| Jun 07, 2017

hi Kathakali Basu! I do understand your worry! a child might resort to lying for various reasons. by exaggerating she is trying to catch attention and has no intention to tell lies. or she is scared if parents gets to know the truth she might have to face their ire, or she doesn't want to upset her parents. please avoid making an issue out of it.. through moral stories or role plays u could make her understand ,lying is bad . also Please ensure when she shares the truth with u, howsoever hard it's for u accept it, avoid giving a reaction,rather appreciate her for telling the truth. hope this will be of help to u!

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