According to McGill University's Victoria Talwar, there are two main categories of lies: deceptions that are motivated by self-interest and lies that are designed to benefit others. CBC News
Parents don’t like it when children lie. But what do the kids themselves think about it? New research suggests truth telling isn’t black and white.
As children get older, their moral evaluations of both lies and truths is increasingly influenced by whether they think this behaviour will cause harm to either others or themselves.
If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.