Our expert says:
Maybe we ought to work on a whole section dealing with child discipline issues. One of the reasons he lies is that it brings him extra attention ( and even unpleasant attention may be attractive to a kid who feels a lack of attention otherwise. Does he, for instance, perhaps feel that his little sister is getting a lot of attention at his expense ? Try giving him extra attention when he is telling the truth ( and there are surely occasions when that is obvious ) --- and praise him for being truthful and reliable at these times. And respond to what appear to be lies not by punishment ( which doesn't work ) but by withdrawing your attention. And a visit to a child psychologist might be a good idea, for a fresh assessment and more specific adice, based on the specific situaion of your child.
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