Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living, that most of our conversations with our teens revolve around getting something done and are often one-liners. Three that just happened in our home in the last 24 hours:
- Her: Mom, can you sign my permission slip? Me: Sure.
- Me: Are you coming home right after school today? Her: Yup.
- Me: Please put away your clean laundry. Her: Aye aye, Captain! (She knows humor keeps her out of trouble.)
So when our teen does something wrong, like lie to us, it stops us in our tracks and we aren't sure what to say. There aren't any one-liners that fit. Lecturing our teens doesn't work and taking away privileges may help, but in the long run it doesn't teach the whole lesson. In order to be successful, our teens have to make their own decisions based on what they know. So, I've worked on this article to help you talk to your teen about lying, why it is wrong and why they shouldn't do it: 10 Reasons to Give Your Teen Why Lying is Wrong.
Have you talked to your teen about lying? Has it helped? Please share your thoughts, opinions and experiences in the comments area.