All kids lie every now and again. Not because they are malicious or anything, but simply because they don’t fully understand what the truth is.


In saying that though, some children tend to tell fibs to avoid the “inconvenience” of their parent’s rules or to hide what they’ve done to dodge adult disapproval.


However, older children should well have learned the difference between the truth and a lie by age six.


But how do you KNOW it they are lying?



1. Avoiding eye contact

Your child will want to get away from you as soon as possible to avoid being grilled, so they'll be on the lookout for the nearest escape exit.


2. Fidgeting

If lying is their usual reflex, fidgeting will show they are uncomfortable talking about the subject they are being asked about. 




3. Over-exaggerating or bragging

If things don’t quite add up or sound a little far-fetched, chances are they are lying. Trust your instincts.


4. Rambling

Rambling stories are a sign your child is trying to think fast, and not being completely honest.





5. Raised voice

Actions speak louder than words. If your little one is becoming increasingly excited about the situation and raising their voice, chances are you need to dig deeper to find the truth.


6. Defensive

We all act defensively when we think our integrity is in question but if your son or daughter is acting defensively, it could be a sign that something is not quite right. 





7. Odd behaviours

As a mother you know your child best, if you think your child is acting oddly chances are your child is hiding something.



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