While I’m not a punishment oriented parent, I did go there and take the tablet and TV away for three days. But then I came back to helping her understand why telling the truth is in her best interest.
Me – “Number one, it wasn’t kind. Do you want a Daddy who lies to you?”
She always sees her behavior clearly when I discuss it coming towards her from a friend or from me. Of course, she said no.
Me – “Number two, it’s bad energy. What you send out comes back to you. If you lie, that’s bad energy going out into the universe and in some way it comes back. Now, you know that. We’ve discussed that many times. So, why, knowing that, would you send bad energy out?”
She agreed it was not a good idea
Me – “And number three, who does it hurt when you pretend you brushed your teeth and don’t? That’s right you. You don’t want someone drilling holes in your teeth, do you? You have to make the little efforts in life. It’s part of life, and it’s every day. If you embrace that, life will be easy for you. If you don’t, it’s harder.”
She finally interrupted me as she has learned to do very calmly and clearly…
Her – “Daddy, I shouldn’t have lied. I should have brushed my teeth.”
I let it go as I noted to myself that surely I fibbed a thousand times growing up about this or that.
Sorry Mom. It’s just that I wanted to play so badly!