Liar Liar Liar
“We often get very frustrated and indignant when children lie. We mount our ‘moral crusader horse’ forgetting to reflect on why children who have complex trauma might lie. Watch the Skill Bite below and think differently about what to do when a child lies, it might just help you not fall off your ‘horse’ so often or not climb up onto it in the first place.” soapbox – Why Do Children Lie. Gregory Nicolau, Founder / CEO Australian Childhood Trauma Group.
Children need help regulating emotionally by looking to a calm adult to provide tools and assurance. A dysregulated adult will escalate the child and miss the opportunity to teach the child how to self-calm. Sometimes adults need help learning self-regulation, too. It’s okay to ask for help.