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Raising Honest Kids: 5 Tips

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Don’t Overreact

“Remind yourself that when children lie, it is not a sign of sociopathy, criminal behavior, or moral ineptitude,” says Haber. Instead, it’s a sign that they’re just trying to get out of trouble, get what they want, or show their independence. All of these desires are normal ones in healthy children — and adults, for that matter. So when your child tells an obvious lie or you find out about his dishonesty, make sure that you stay calm and think about why he did it before responding.