Reading time: 5 minutes
Suitable for: Parents of primary-age children
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It's frustrating when your child is telling lies. They can range from huge fibs to little white lies. Every child lies, but some do it more than others.
Sometimes we even encourage them to lie to avoid offending someone, like, “Tell Nanny how much you love the jumper she knitted for you!”
Why do young children lie?
Very young children rarely intend to lie and may not realise they’re doing so. They have powerful imaginations and enjoy telling you stories. This storytelling lying is very normal.