Toddlers have a big imagination and they are great at creating fictitious stories, they don’t fully grasp the concept of lying because they don’t understand the meaning of truth based in facts. Stretching the truth once in a while is totally normal, but encouraging honesty and modelling trust is important starting at a young age.
Talking to your child about the importance of telling the truth and showing him that he can trust you is a great way to start. Be sure to reward him when he tells you the truth in different situations. Being a good role model is also always the best way to teach children, they learn so much from what you do and they are always watching!
Finally, books and videos are also helpful tools. Netflix has a great selection of titles that can get the conversation started, check them out below:
What do you do when you catch your kid lying?
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