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How to Stop Kids from Lying: 7 Solutions

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Emphasize Honesty

When and if your child does come clean, make sure you place the emphasis for the deed on the honesty, not the behavior. Of course it makes you mad when your child doesn’t empty the dishwasher, but encouraging honesty means taking one for the team and focusing on the positive instead. Say, "I'm disappointed that you didn't do what you were asked, but I appreciate you being honest with me. Thanks."