When Children Tell Lies
From the “little white lie” to prevent hurt feelings, to the denial of wrongdoing in order to avoid punishment, to the silly whopper that seems to serve no particular purpose, probably everyone lies at one time or another. And children are no exception.
What does it mean when a child tells a lie? Do children lie on purpose or do they just not know any better? At what age can they learn the concept and value of “truth”? Is lying ever a sign of serious emotional problems? And what can parents do about it when they catch their child spinning a tall tale?