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Fibs & lies, oh my!

Spin these situations into teaching moments

Tumbleweeds of curls lie on the bathroom floor. With scissors in hand, your daughter pushes aside the jagged strands of her new hairdo, looks boldly in your eyes and says: “I didn’t do it. It was the cat.”

Maybe it’s the first time your child has fibbed to you — or maybe it’s happened before. No matter the circumstance or your child’s age, lies can rattle parents like nothing else. Instead of getting off balance with anger, hurt feelings or guilt, spin these situations into lessons that teach kids the importance of honesty, said Paul Ekman, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who has spent 40 years studying deceit.


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