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Helping your children to develop the virtue of honesty

By Sophie Barcant, BA (Psyc), B.ED, Trainer, Facilitator, Parenting Coach/Consultant

Why do children lie? There are many reasons, here are a few. Parenting expert Dr Laura Markham says it is developmentally normal for four-year olds to lie. They lie to avoid punishment, so children who get punished a lot will tend to lie more.

It is clearly not safe for them to tell the truth if they will be put to sit in a naughty corner, spanked or shouted at. We are designed to avoid pain so we will do all it takes not to experience it.

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