The Real Reasons Kids with ADHD Lie—and Ways to Help Them Stop

Lying to avoid accountability

Picture this common scenario: You send your child to clean up his room. After an hour you call out and ask if his room is clean. He says yes. But when you go to check, the room’s still a mess, and he’s on his unmade bed reading. Why would he say something that was so obviously not true, and risk getting in trouble? Especially for something as simple as cleaning up? But that’s the issue: The task of cleaning up isn’t simple for him. His difficulties with starting tasks and planning them out makes it hard for him to do what you’ve asked. And rather than face those difficulties or ask for help, he does nothing. Lying takes away the pressure of having to figure out how to clean his room. And that’s worth getting in trouble for, especially if he’s used to it.

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