#1. Make sure you understand what your child is saying.
I’ve got a friend Jenya, who is an amazing mother of 3 kids. Her older daughter Zoe never lies. I mean it! I know that this sounds like she’s a superchild, but indeed it has nothing to do with her. It’s all about her mother’s attitude. Let’s picture the situation. Imagine your child telling you something that sounds like a lie. How would you react? Most likely, you would consider that your child is lying and simply ask him/her to tell you “the truth”. What would Jenya do? It’s amazingly simple! I’ll give you a quote: “you just misunderstood the situation. Let me explain.”. Basically kids don’t lie. They just take things on their level of perception.
#2. Acknowledge when you are wrong.
By this you show your child, that making mistakes doesn’t necessarily mean letting someone down.
#3. Give your child a little control.
This works even with babies. When my son started crawling I noticed that he would prefer to go to all “restricted” places. And the more I prohibit the more he wants. So I decided to see what if I give him a little control. I chose safest restricted place and just let him crawl there. He was so exited when he got there without any obstacles, but pretty soon he lost his interest.
#4. Don’t try to trick kids.
Why? Well, because you are setting an example. And they actually see things clearly.