Do your kids lie because you’re too harsh?
Here is something to consider
Balancing Justice with Compassion
When our kids lie to us it often stems from a naive self-defense mechanism, a selfish attempt to protect their image or reputation. Sometimes it’s a selfless fear of disappointing us- the parents they love and respect.
But other times lying stems from an unhealthy fear of a parent overreacting or unfairly reacting or even retaliating for something that Junior has done wrong. This is why it is so important that our kids know that we are lovingly on their team. We’re not out to assure that their life’s road is paved with ease, comfort, or perfection. We understand mistakes happen and therefore exercise justice and compassion with a wise balance. All of this while motivating our kids to tell the truth in the first place.
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