AIBU to think my DD is telling the truth, not the teacher?

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BearBirdBaboon Fri 26-Nov-21 09:56:53

If a child tells one version of events and an adult tells another version of events, I think people automatically think the child is lying. A situation like this has come up at my DD's school, during a private music lesson, so only my DD and the teacher were there, so only they know what went on (nothing bad).

My DD is rarely dishonest and there's no reason why she would lie, as it's not something she would have got into trouble for.

Anyway, I think now that people would think that my DD is not telling the truth and I don't think that's fair.

Are you more likely to believe a teacher's version of events or your own child's version of events?

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NellieBertram Fri 26-Nov-21 09:59:06

Completely depends on what the issue was.

QualityChecked Fri 26-Nov-21 09:59:44

It would depend entirely on the story.

If there's no reason for DD lie, is there a reason teacher would lie?

If it's "nothing bad" I'd put it down as a misunderstanding/ differing opinions

Lavender24 Fri 26-Nov-21 10:02:45

Would depend on exactly what happened.

PleasantBirthday Fri 26-Nov-21 10:03:07

It would depend. I expect the child would tell the truth about what they felt about the event but I also expect they might not interpret an adult correctly all the time or possibly have gathered the surrounding circumstances of an event.

For example, if a child felt picked on because they were pulled up on their uniform but another child wasn't, I would understand that they felt picked on but they might not be privy to information about the circumstances of the other child which the teacher might be taking into account.

cushioncovers Fri 26-Nov-21 10:03:51

What was the situation?

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Fri 26-Nov-21 10:04:18

I had those conversation with my child's high school once. I said I wasn't going to take the word of an adult over a child's as that was dangerous and unless there were independent witnesses I was going to believe my child.

I know my kids, and am happy for them to face punishment when they are in the wrong.


LuaDipa Fri 26-Nov-21 10:05:10

I would always believe my children.

CatonMat Fri 26-Nov-21 10:05:14

I wouldn't automatically assume either was lying, or being completely truthful, for that matter.

HarrietsChariot Fri 26-Nov-21 10:06:54

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Holly60 Fri 26-Nov-21 10:07:07

I think it’s probably less about who i would believe and more about the severity of the situation. DD being told off for uniform - I would encourage DD to let it go as not a massive deal. DD accusing teacher of doing inappropriate, I would pursue like a rabid dog with a bone until the truth was known.

RedCarsGoFaster Fri 26-Nov-21 10:09:10

@HarrietsChariot and where do you stb on children disclosing sexual, physical or emotional abuse? Are they all lying too?

SnowSurprise Fri 26-Nov-21 10:09:10

Depends entirely on the situation and the teacher. I once spoke to DC1's teacher because I couldn't believe what DC1 had said and told him he must be mistaken. From her reaction, that clearly wasn't the case. From then on I believed DC1 over her.

Whilst my DC are no angels, I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt. Especially looking back at how unfair I found it back in the day when the adult was, by default, always right. I clarify with the adult concerned and base my decision on that.

Evesgarden Fri 26-Nov-21 10:11:36

I would always believe my kids

FangsForTheMemory Fri 26-Nov-21 10:14:07

It depends on the issue but I do know one of my teachers lied about me when I was in my teens and it got on to my school report. 45 years on, it still make me angry.

Divebar2021 Fri 26-Nov-21 10:14:29

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FourTeaFallOut Fri 26-Nov-21 10:15:12


*@HarrietsChariot* and where do you stb on children disclosing sexual, physical or emotional abuse? Are they all lying too?

HarriotsChariot, another thread another desperate bid for attention, are you bored today?

QualityChecked Fri 26-Nov-21 10:17:32

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lastqueenofscotland Fri 26-Nov-21 10:17:59

Children should feel safe challenging adults!
I think it depends what the situation was.

NuffSaidSam Fri 26-Nov-21 10:19:23

I would never automatically believe or not believe someone whatever their age. ( or I’d try not to) I’d look at the situation and try and determine who would gain from lying about it.

This is the only sensible solution.

You can't just automatically believe/not believe someone based on their age/job/relation to you.

analbumcover Fri 26-Nov-21 10:21:49

@HarrietsChariot, what an odd attitude to have,
I'll always remember something that happened at my primary school to a child when I was at school, and as young as I was I promised myself that if I had children I would always listen to their side, properly and carefully. Something I still stand by and one I continue in to my job.

Aristodog Fri 26-Nov-21 10:22:08

because otherwise children will think they can get away with challenging adults.

Why shouldn’t children be able to challenge adults? Adults aren’t always right!

Essexmum321 Fri 26-Nov-21 10:22:18

I had this with a private music teacher who lied, what he didn’t realise is that I was actually there at the time.

AuntMargo Fri 26-Nov-21 10:22:35

depends on circumstances of said lie , you cannot just automatically say I believe adult or I believe child.

RedskyThisNight Fri 26-Nov-21 10:23:30

It depends whether one person is definitely lying or simply putting a different interpretation on the situation.

DS once told me that another child pushed him down the stairs.
Actually the other child had tripped and fallen, and gone headlong into DS, also knocking him down the stairs.

DS wasn't lying. But his interpretation of the situation was also misleading.

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