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Dr. Keane, Family Counselor
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Experience:  Parenting Workshops, Teacher, PHD Clinical Psychology, 30 yrs. Exp. 4 Children
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What do you recommend when a child tells lies all the time

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What do you recommend when a child tells lies all the time?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Dr. Keane replied 7 years ago.
Hi, how old is the child?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The child is 6 years old.
Expert:  Dr. Keane replied 7 years ago.
Hi, At this age a child should begin to understand the concepts of a lie. They lie mostly for two or three reasons. In my experience working with children the reason kids lie is to avoid getting into trouble. It's almost an instinct for them and helps them avoid being yelled at, or punished. The second reason they lie is to get attention. It doesn't matter if it's negative, attention is attention. Here is a web site you can look at to get more information on children and lying.
http://www.parenting-ed.org/handout3/Specific%20Concerns%20and%20Problems/lying.htm
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