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Teens Lie, Like, a Lot, Survey Reveals

Is Pinocchio your teen's role model? Credit: Corbis
Teens lie. It's not such a shocking revelation. But you may be surprised to learn just how pervasive dishonesty is amongst teens.
Eight out of 10 high school students admit they've...
Eight out of 10 high school students admit they've lied to a parent about something significant.

Lying May Be Good for Kids, Study Suggests

Will your lying kid be a successful adult? Credit: Corbis
A moldy proverb tells us only children and fools tell the truth. Whoever said that, of course, was a fool who never had children. The little so-and-sos rank with politicians as the...

C'mon, Tell the Truth - You Lie to Your Kids, Right?

Jiminy Cricket! Parents tell kids lots of lies. Credit: Corbis
"No, your butt doesn't look big in those jeans." "I swear the check is in the mail." "Sorry, boss, I think (cough, cough) I must have swine flu." Don't lie, now. We all do...

How Can I Make My Son Tell The Truth?

Dear AdviceMama: My 6-year-old son lies to me on a daily basis. He hides food in his room and lies about it, among other things. Conversely, he never lies to his father, my husband, who's a workaholic. What can I do to change my son's behavior?...

Mommy Blogger: 'TSA Took My Son' - TSA: We Don't Think So

This month was a big one for hoaxes involving parents. The big one, of course, was Falcon Heene, aka "Balloon Boy." Except that he turned out to be "Going-Along-With-Dad's-Stupid-Idea-Boy" and now Richard Heene, the father, may be charged with a...

Parents Use Deception to Influence Kids

A new study shows that parents lie to their kids often. Credit: m-a-p, Flickr We tell our kids that lying is flat-out wrong, but a new study shows that parents aren't afraid to fib to their children in order to influence their behavior and...

When Is It OK To Lie To Your Kids?

Is lying to your children ever acceptable? Or should you always tell them the truth? Image: Amazon.com
Over at MomLogic, psychologist Dr. Cara Gardenswartz tells us about some of the lies that parents tell their kids. She suggests that these lies...

Pacifiers, Melanie Mayron, and Sharing a Sitter - Links We Love

Pregnancy has some strange side effects, that's for sure. Expecting first time mom, Jane, shares 35 surprising things she's learned about pregnancy ... so far. -- His Boys Can Swim Pacifier use is one of those parenting topics that tends to...

Lies parents tell to their children

In some small way, I wish we'd never started with the whole Santa Claus things. My kids are so deeply invested in it that I'm afraid finding out the truth is going to break their little hearts. My hope is that they'll learn gradually, like I did, and...

Could an affair save your marriage?

Mira Kirshenbaum is an experienced marriage therapist who has written a book in which she explores the positive side of cheating. She's not talking about fudging the numbers on your golf score, but rather the sneaking-around...

Lying: acceptable for us, but not for our kids

I just finished reading a fascinating article about lying. I've been thinking about the subject a lot: about how lies can rip holes in families and turn worlds upside down. I've been thinking about the importance of white lies and black lies and when...

Why you shouldn't lie about your mom being dead

When that big test rolls around and you haven't studied, or you just can't face another day at the office, it's tempting to make up an excuse so you can take the day off. And when being "sick" just won't cut it, the next best thing is to claim some...

Best excuse you ever told your parents is...?

I've never told my parents this, so Mom, Dad, if you're reading, sorry in advance. When I was really young (maybe 5 or 6), my parents used to make us ask their permission before we ate a piece of our Halloween candy. So, because I was a "good kid," I...

How to write a better holiday letter

Since graduating college and starting a family, I've been on the fence as to whether or not I should write a "holiday letter". For me, this apprehension spawns from the fear that I have succumb to normalcy, and officially turned into my parents. (I...

The Santa Claus lie

"Santa gets from house to house by riding in a sleigh pulled my magical flying reindeer." Then I turned to my partner Amanda and said, "it really is a bold-faced lie, isn't it?" Encapsulated in this breakfast-table exchange is the Santa Claus...

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