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How to teach honesty to children

little boy crossing his fingers behind his back while lying

Key points:

  1. Lying is a normal behavior for preschoolers as they learn social and emotional skills.
  2. Preschooler lies are often not malicious and stem from various reasons like memory recall or fear.
  3. Avoid punishment for innocent lies and focus on nurturing honesty through trust and appreciation.
  4. Encourage truthfulness by helping your child share the complete story and modeling honesty.

We have all been there. You suddenly hear a loud noise, turn your head, see a knocked-over box of toys scattered all across the room like a mined field and then you hear the feared lie coming out of your preschooler: “It wasn’t me!”.


Don’t worry, although witnessing your kid lie for the first time can be unsettling, it’s important to know that this is completely normal behavior in small kids. They are still learning the social and emotional skills that allow older kids to know that honesty is the best policy.

Your kid might have indulged in a white lie for many reasons. It might be to avoid the consequences of a naughty action, because of their faulty memory-recalling, to avoid disappointing you when an accident happens, or because distinguishing reality from fantasy is still challenging at their age. Because these preschooler lies aren’t malicious, they shouldn’t be a cause for either concern nor punishment. Your child will soon outgrow the need to lie, especially if you surround them with honesty and trust.

Meanwhile, you can nurture the development of honesty in your child by making it easy for them to tell you the truth. Show appreciation for their honesty, helping them remember the whole truth of a story, and, above all, trust your kid and model truthfulness.

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