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School Psych Corner: At What Age do Children Begin to Tell Lies?

[Source:  Parenting Science]

Little kids sometimes say goofy things. They sometimes say things that aren’t true. But being goofy or mistaken isn’t the same thing as telling a lie.

As commonly understood, the act of lying requires both insincerity and the intention to deceive. In other words, you have to make a statement that you don’t believe yourself, and you must intend to make someone else accept that statement as true (Primoratz 1984).

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