How to teach my 3 yr old not to lie?

February 9, 2009 1:47pm CST
I have a 3yr old little girl. The prettiest little thang, but when she gets in trouble she blames everyone else. Like the other day she got into the candy bowl and when I asked her how did she get it she said dad gave it to her, But dad was at work. I watched her the whole time as she was getting a candy. And let her know it is wrong to lie. But How do I make her understand she can not tell a lie. Any suggestions.
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• United States
9 Feb 09
I would nip this in the butt early! I agree with the other poster that books about lying and showing how wrong it is are really good. Also make sure that the example you are setting for her is a good one. Does she hear you telling white lies? Is that confusing her? I also agree with putting her in time out when she lies. It is something that needs to stop now and not when she is older.
@hmkoct5 (2067)
• United States
9 Feb 09
That's a hard one because she is so young. When my boys lied, they were grounded. But, she is too little to be grounded. I guess the best thing to do would be to put her in time out for three minutes when she lies. Tell her that you know she is lying. Explain to her what lying is and that it is not acceptable. I would also try to buy some books (or get some from the library) that deal with lying. I would read the stories to her and ask her questions that might lead her to realize lying is wrong. I would keep reinforcing telling the truth. Reward and/or praise her when she is honest. I hope these are helpful suggestions!