Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Why Do Children Fib?

07 Jan

Authors Po Bronson and Ayelet Waldman discuss the intricacies of childhood lying. Bronson offers the developmental cycle of lying in young children, while Waldman illustrates with a humorous story.

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty


2 responses to “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Why Do Children Fib?

  1. Jen CC Tan

    January 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    wondering if it is also because the child wants the parents to be something they aren’t? (like for waldman, to cook good fried chicken?)

    • josephalvinpena

      January 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      That could be a possibility po. =)

      Although, as Po Bronson mentioned in the video, kids lie mainly (1) to gain social status among their peers, and (2) to avoid punishment. In the case of Ayelet Waldman’s Gr. 1 child, I think it’s more of the former. Maybe he wanted his parents to sound more interesting to his other classmates and teachers present. =)

      If you have time, please view the entire video. It is a beautiful forum about the state of modern parenting, entitled “The Secret Lives of Parents Revealed”. Apart from lying, they also discussed other interesting topics such as bullying, talking about race with children, social dominant behavior, etc. =)


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