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I remember when kids in grade school told brazen liesâ€¦ but felt no guilt because their fingers were crossed behind their backs!
Our kids may not be crossing their fingersâ€¦ but theyâ€™re still telling lies.Â The statistics are overwhelming.Â More teens than ever feel the freedom to cheat, tell white lies and alter the truth with fiction.Â Moms and Dads â€¦ we need to help our kids develop the virtue of honesty.
My advice is this:Â donâ€™t tolerate lying!Â When you discover that your child isnâ€™t telling the truthâ€¦ donâ€™t explain it away or dodge the confrontation.
Call out the lie.Â Bring it in to the light of day.Â Give an appropriate consequence.Â In doing so, you will forge a strong sense of courage and honesty in your child.Â One day â€¦ heâ€™ll thank you.
Â©2013 Mark Gregston www.parentingtodaysteens.org. Email: email@example.com. Phone: 1-866-700-3264Also, listen via iTunes here.