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#1 of 4 Old 12-09-2017, 05:45 AM - Thread Starter
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7 year old lied at school

I was picking my son up from school when my seven year old daughter's teacher asked to speak to me. My daughter told her that she brought money to school for Jamba Juice and that a boy stole the money on the playground. They asked all of the yard duty's and kids. It became a big production. She did not have money. I spoke to her for a long time and she finally admitted that she hadn't been honest (I already knew). We spoke to her teacher privately and I had my daughter apologize. We told her the importance of telling the truth no matter what. She seemed to understand the consequences of her behavior and she was really upset and embarrassed.

She's recently been going through a tall tale stage. The stories are over the top and obviously not true, and we've all been having a good time laughing about it. This lie went too far.

Advice? BTDT?
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Do you suppose she was enjoying that attention? Did she name the boy who "stole" her money because she didn't like him? Don't know what to say as lies should fizzle out with the naturally occurring consequences but my son lied quite a lot and I'm not sure why...
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The 7 year olds I've dealt with lie all the time. Think it's just testing boundaries
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Lying is normal for seven year olds. From evolutionary perspective, a little bit of lying is actually good within some limits. I would only intervene is lying becomes too frequent.
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