For the first time that I can remember, I caught my 8-year-old daughter in a lie last week!
She cut her own hair while I was at the hospital and my father was babysitting. At first she denied that it was cut at all, then she told me the baby cut her hair. She stuck with that story for a while and then finally, finally she admitted she had cut her own hair!
I always have a hard time punishing Rose. It’s hard to find something she really cares about to take away from her. Walsh is easy to punish. You take away his Legos or his video games or computer time and he feels his punishment severely. The baby every now and then will be put in timeout and she is the saddest little girl in timeout. She drops her little head and sits so forlorn in the corner. I know she understands she did something wrong.
I finally decided to take movies away from Rose for the week. She had been watching “Princess Protection” and “Princess Diaries 2″ each day while the baby napped so I told her couldn’t watch them for the rest of the week.
I told her I was punishing her for lying, not for cutting her hair. I needed her to know she could have told me the truth about the hair and not lied to me. (Does that make sense?)
What have you caught your kids lying about? Do you punish for the offense and the lie? How do you convince them that it’s not worth lying? What are good punishments for different ages?