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Kids Lying

Little Liars

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 07.30.2016 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

To kids, time is a very abstract concept and sometimes little people just forget or tell you what they think will make you happy. Maybe your kids aren't consciously lying at all; maybe they're just telling you their own personal version of reality.

Why Kids Lie

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.16.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's important to raise children to value honesty, and to prevent lying from becoming frequent and consistent, the point at which lying is most troublesome. The first step in figuring out how to address a lie is to consider why your child is telling it. Is the child trying to avoid trouble? Save face?

Punishment Helps Kids Learn To Lie

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

There is some research suggesting that when children grow up in an environment with extensive physical and verbal punishment they are at risk for behavioral problems as they get older.

Why Honesty Really is the Best Policy

Jayanti Tamm | Posted 10.07.2011 | Parents
Jayanti Tamm

My daughter doesn't yet know about lying. When her baby sister screams from the other room and I ask her what happened, she openly presents the truth: that she banged her baby sister's head against the floor. For her blunt honesty, for not concocting a forged tale, it's hard to be angry.

Why Kids Lie Every 90 Minutes

John Medina, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Medina, Ph.D.

The child's realization that you can't always read his or her mind coincides with the flowering of something we call Theory of Mind skills.

When Your Child Lies: A Reality Check

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryl Sollerh

From a child's point of view, keeping some secrets, such as calling a boy or perusing a Playboy, can be a path toward individuation.