Find Out Why
Before you get angry with your child for lying, it's beneficial to first find out why he felt the need to fudge the truth—it's the real issue at hand. Kids lie for a number of reasons, but it usually boils down to avoiding consequences. If your child is telling tall tales about grades at school or how much time he spent on the computer last night, he's probably trying to avoid getting in trouble. It pays to address the “why” behind the lie before you punish for not telling the truth.