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I’ve noticed that my toddler lies to me. How can I stop it?

If you’ve noticed your toddler telling fibs, you may be wondering why, and what you can do about it. There are several reasons why children this age may bend the truth.

Maybe it’s merely your child’s active imagination that is conjuring their tales, or maybe they genuinely have forgotten that they’ve done or said something. Some children even come to believe their parents when they say they’re a good boy or girl, and they simply deny that they could ever not be.

One of the best ways to deal with lying of this sort, which is anything but malicious, is simply to ignore it. As long as it’s not harming anyone, there’s no damage done.

You could also try rewarding your child when he or she tells the truth. That way, instead of a negative connotation to imagination, you create a positive one for honesty.

Make sure your child understands that you trust him or her, and they will feel comfortable enough to tell you the truth.

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