My son is eight years old and lately he seems to be developing a pattern of lying. It’s not about anything that matters much, either. The current example:
He is staying at his great grandma’s house this summer. On Monday, he developed some odd red marks on his forehead. She was quite concerned: had he gotten hurt at Vacation Bible School, or developed a rash, or been attacked by spiders in the night? He insisted he had no idea how the marks had gotten there. When I picked him up on Wednesday, the marks were still there. I told him flat-out that I know suck-marks when I see them (never mind how I know, I just do!) I asked him if he had any toys with tubes or suction cups on them and he said, “Yes, my basketball hoop has suction cups but I didn’t stick it to my head!” We joked about it a little, then let it go, but later that day, his other grandma wrung the truth out of him. He did stick the suction cups to his head, but according to him, he didn’t lie to Great Grandma because he wasn’t sure it caused the marks, and he didn’t lie to me because he didn’t stick the whole basketball hoop to his head, just the suction cups. :dubious: Why did he lie? No one knows.
Anyway, the last time he got caught telling one of these ridiculous little lies, I made him write sentences. The time before that, he was grounded from TV, computers, video games, anything with a screen. Obviously that didn’t work. I have not yet punished him for telling the current lie, because I had him for such a short time before I had to return him to Grandma’s house. However, I’ll be getting him back this weekend, and I let him know that something dire will happen then. The problem is, I don’t know what to do about this, other than call him “Hickey-head” for a while.
Do you kids lie about absolutely nothing? And what do you do about it?