Good Inside with Dr. Becky

Why kids lie and what to do about it

Episode Summary

When your child says something like "I just saw a komodo dragon in my room!" or "I drove the bus home from school today!", your first impulse might be to say, "Sweetie, that's not true." But here's the thing: There's always a truth in every lie. In this week's episode, Dr. Becky talks to three parents about a new approach to lying - one that involves responding with curiosity so you can find out what's really going on with your child. She explores how to unpack a child's imaginative stories and respond in ways that build connection... without encouraging dishonesty. From engaging in play to modeling recovery from a lie, you'll learn multiple different strategies for getting to the kernel of truth your child is trying to communicate.<p/> <p/> A preview of the good inside this episode:<p/> (3:05-4:09) Lying vs imagination<p/> (10:03-11:29) How to respond to a kid's story<p/> (15:54-17:40) Connecting with the themes your kid is exploring<p/> (22:36-24:23) Tying it all together<p/> <p/> Follow Dr. Becky on Instagram: <p/> Subscribe for weekly strategies and scripts: <p/> Learn more with Dr. Becky’s workshops: <p/> <p/> This episode is brought to you by Frida ( Get 20% off your first order with code “drbecky”