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4 Things You Shouldn’t Say When Your Kids Lie

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The first time my son lied to me, I took it personally. Even though I knew it would happen one day, I couldn’t help but be worried.Then, I began catching him in more lies and started to wonder, “Is there something wrong?” However, I had to remind myself that kids are humans, and sometimes, humans lie.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I wanted to get to the bottom of it immediately, to avoid future lies and problems. As I began doing research though, I realized that my approach had been all wrong from the get-go.

Depending on how you handle your child when they lie, will make all of the difference in the world. Here are four things to avoid saying when you catch them in a lie.I used this phrase often at first until I realized that this strategy wasn’t going to work.

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