Parenting Tips for Lying, Stealing & Other Annoying Behaviors
Certain behaviors in our kids are harder to handle. On the top of the list are lying and stealing. What discipline works? When is it a sign of a much bigger problem? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Kim John Payne, author of The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance – From Toddlers to Teens, a family counselor for 30 years, and father of two teenagers; and Rebecca Rozema, an adoption social worker with Bethany Christian Services and mom of 5 sons.
- I’m assuming most kids lie and steal and cheat at times. What ages are most common for lying?
- Are very young children developmentally capable of intentionally lying?
- At what age do kids develop a moral compass?
- Is it important to understand the reason for a lie or reasons a child stole?
- Effective tools for teaching children not to lie and not to steal.
- Reward telling the truth.
- Give time to slow down to decide whether to tell the truth or a lie.
- Give do-overs.
- How to use consequences for teaching children not to lie or steal or cheat.
- Books about lying and telling the truth.
- Effectiveness of story telling to help children develop the skills to tell the truth or not steal.
- How does adoption play into this behavior?
- When should parents become concerned?
- Stealing? Feels more worrisome because others are involved and hurt.
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Image credit: Michelle Ress
Show originally aired in 2015.