Did the title get your attention!!?!
I really don’t think that parents intentionally teach their kids to lie…however, I think most parents unintentionally train their kids to lie.
Don’t understand? Keep reading…
Several years ago Jodie and I caught my youngest red handed!!
That’s right! Red handed!
There was no escaping. No white lies. No clever speeches to talk your way out of this one. No sliding past King Sprad!
Like prosecuting attorney’s with an air tight case, we confronted him…
Yep. Bold face, non logical, denied the brutal facts, stupid grin on his face, lied!
We eventually arrived at the bottom of the situation and the stupid grin did leave his face.
However, several days later the harsh, cold, spine numbing reality hit me like a brick in the face!
I am the EpicParent that has taught my son to lie!
The time he saw me get so angry that I hit the wall…I taught him to lie! (stop judging! that was years ago)
The time I traded in screaming for listening…I taught him to lie!
The time I chose manipulation and guilt instead of lovingly confronting the behavior…I taught him to lie!
The time I gave him the silent treatment instead of talking it out…I taught him to lie!
I believe that we teach our kids to lie when we over-react, explode, are too strict and the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
Would love to hear your story. Have you taught your kids to lie? Do you struggle with over-reacting?
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