This kid of mine. He's smart and funny. He makes the keenest observations and has the most compassionate heart.
And he can lie like no other.
Short of taping his mouth shut, I just don't know what to do. He'll lie straight to our faces. He'll be honest with someone else but will continue to lie to us. He'll feign innocence and cry about no one ever believing him as he continues to lie.
He'll also lie about the stupidest things -- things that no one would believe and about which there's no reason to lie. Things that are obvious lies.
Me: Are you eating cereal?
Javi: No! [mouth full of Golden Grahams and milk dripping down his chin]
The mountain man: Did you finish your chores?
Javi: What chores? I didn't know I had any chores! [standing right in front of his daily chore list]
I just don't get it. Surely it's a phase, but my blood pressure skyrockets and my body goes rigid with anger each and every time.
I refuse to raise a liar ... I just don't know how not to.
Any tips? (And, for the record, taking away things he enjoys and/or spankings don't work. The kid found a way to play and cavort on his way to bring in the trash bin. He has no remorse whatsoever unless and until he wants something ... and then he wails and thrashes around about how his life isn't fair and nothing is his fault.)
***This post is part of Wordful Wednesday.***