Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pants on Fire

What is it about lying?
Last night we had two patients that in a professional nursing way, we would call "extremely poor historians" -- meaning they told us lies.
Why would you tell a lie to someone who is going to help you.
And how sad would it be to live a life full of lies, not remember who you told what to?
I find, as a mom, it's really hard to punish lying. I mean... do I truly KNOW if Conner brushed his teeth, or ran his toothbrush under the water to pretend he brushed. I truly want to punish bad behavior... but I also want him to know I trust and love him.
Do you guys have any way of dealing with lying in your kids?
I think my main thing is to realize the consequences of lying. For instance, that he'll have his teeth rot and have to spend a lot of time at the dentist if he doesn't brush. Also, taking him to church and letting him know the feeling of guilt when he does something wrong.
Anyway, that's my thoughts for today.


  1. Hey - catching up on your blog! Good stuff! Great layouts on the the school photos. Somehow those are so hard for me to scrap! So cool about Conner. You need to take a picture of him in front of his peice at the museum!

  2. You know, lying is hard to deal with. BUT, when I'm absolutely sure she's lying she gets disciplined for lying. I always make sure to tell her that she's not in trouble because of what she did or didn't do and was trying to cover up...but she is in trouble for not telling the truth about it.

    It seems to have worked fairly well for now...because when I'm not sure whether or not she's telling the truth, and I say "Really?" to her story, she'll quickly change it if it isn't true.

    When she's a teenager? Who the heck knows how I will deal with it? I don't even want to think about it. But your thought about accepting the natural consequences is a good one.

  3. I was one of those kids that ran their toothbrush under the water :( and now look at me.

  4. I had this habitual liar roomate in college. And she lied so much she just believed it was her truth. So I think some people who are in the habit of lying get to the point they don't see the difference between the truth and a lie. It's really facinating. But sad too.


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