Fibbing Needs To Be Dealt With

fntobdhThe first time you catch your child in an outright lie, you may freak. Is this the beginning? you wonder. Today my three-year-old is fibbing about taking Daddy’s pen, tomorrow he’s wall art at the post office? OK, you’re overreacting. Parents tend to do that when their kids lie, sure that it signals some major character defect. But unless the habit becomes chronic, you don’t have to be overly concerned.

You should, however, address the lie and help your child understand the importance of telling the truth. “Children don’t fully master the concept of honesty as a character trait until they’re around ten,” says Stanley Greenspan, M.D., professor of psychiatry …