Why do children lie?
Children might lie to:
- cover something up so they don’t get into trouble
- see how you’ll respond
- make a story more exciting
- experiment – for example, by pretending something that happened in a story was real
- get attention or make themselves sound better
- get something they want – for example, ‘Mum lets me have lollies before dinner’
- avoid hurting someone’s feelings – this sort of lie is often called a ‘white lie’.