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Confronting Your Teen’s Lies

#578 – Student Story: Tiller

with host Mark Gregston

When your teen has lied and deceived you more times than you can count, it’s hard to believe a single word they say. Is there any hope of ever rebuilding the trust in your relationship?

This weekend on Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston shares which responses to dishonesty are helpful—and which responses you need to avoid.

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To Tell the Truth

“A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.” -­ Proverbs 26:28 

There seems to be an avalanche of dishonesty across all sectors of our society today.  And when kids see dishonesty as a strategy to get ahead — as is the focus of most reality TV shows, or as a way to gain power — as it is in the political realm, it’s natural for them to emulate that. Sadly, it’s hard to find an unimpeachably honest public figure or champion of honesty today.

Kids lie for the same reasons that adults lie…to lift themselves up, to get ahead, to destroy their competition, or to protect themselves and avoid consequences.  When they spend hours daily making up puffed-up stories about themselves on the Internet, or using cruel dishonesty to tear down their enemies or competition, the lines between the virtual world and the real world begin to fade.  Kids being dishonest in a fantasy world are likely to bring that over to the real world as well. Continue reading “To Tell the Truth”