"I Swear It Wasn't Me!"
Your daughter ransacks your jewelry box and even though she denies it, you're sure she did it. "I always tell my 7-year-old daughter that I'll be angrier if she tells me a story than if she tells the truth," says Amy Ramson, of New York City. How do you get a kid to confess? Try a non-accusatory statement such as: "That's an interesting explanation, but I'm waiting to hear what actually happened." Then matter-of-factly go about your business. Most kids will come forward if they aren't put on the defensive. But once you get your confession, make sure you applaud her honesty -- even if there's a consequence for her deed.