Really though... Homeschool kids aren't left alone. Mom's are (almost) always hovering around. I catch my kids trying to pull a fast one and immediately jump in to correct them. I watch my kiddos trying to trick their sibling and I correct them. Well guess what... I'm done doing this service or even dis-service for them.
I listen more carefully. I am letting my kids work through things on their own. They get in trouble, they have consequences. Instead of they are close to getting in trouble, I fix/correct and they move on having been “saved”. I think I should allow them to find out that if they trick their sibling that the nasty guilt feeling will usually follow (and it is). I’m stepping back and letting them fight through difficulties and disagreements together. (I will step in
Just recently I tried something that I wouldn’t normally try because I was wondering what would happen. (Am I doing psychology experiments on my kids? HAHAHA) I caught one of my kids in a lie, but I did not point that out to them. I let them lie (even though I knew the truth). I was worried a bit trying this but I didn’t just let it drop easily either. I brought the incident up in conversational ways a few times and guess what… The kid broke and admitted to the lie! We worked through the issue and now I am finding less desire to try and get away with lying around here. I actually see thought going into responses to me and efforts to disclose more truth than I need even. (Which I can do without that too sometimes… but hey! I’ll take what I can get. Hehe…) Would that be happening if I had corrected the lie before it happened? I dunno… but I am trying here. :)
How do you treat this in your household? Do you protect/stop your kids before they get in trouble?