The Challenge Parents Face Essay

948 Words Dec 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Most parents like to think their children are special. It can come as a surprise when parents discover the extent to which their children are telling lies. At early age children mislead their parent when they break rules. By the time children enter elementary school, they get quite adept at being able to successfully lie to others.
Children watch their parent lie and they explicitly taught to lie by their parents. In fact, children are quick to learn that lying can be useful when trying to avoid punishment, create a better image, influence other’s behavior, or form their own identity.
Po Branson is well known American journalist for his works on challenging arguments that American society is on moral decline.
The challenge parents face is how to sets limits without creating a hostile, controlling environment— where lie is more likely to be used. Using a severe style of parenting, by overreacting and dishing out harsh punishments, tends to result negative consequences.
Children lie to avoid the consequences of their actions. So, raising the stakes typically leads to more deceptive behavior. Focusing on a child’s use of deception, rather than focusing on the underlying issue, diverts to time and energy from addressing the real problem—only making it more likely that the deceptive behavior will happen again.

When you catch parent child in a lie, it’s natural to feel betrayed, hurt, angry and frustrated. But here’s the truth: lying is normal. In fact, adults do it to some…

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