PARENTS LIE TO THEIR KIDS TO TEACH
BPS Research Digest reports on how a study by Dr. Gail Heyman discovered that parents do indeed lie to their children in order to teach or control their behavior. What her and her team did was present a group of both American and Chinese parents with a list of "instrumental lies". They then had to identify which they had used on their children. Results showed that many of them, eighty-four per cent of US parents and 98 percent of Chinese parents to be exact, admitted to telling at least one of the 16 instrumental lies to their kids. According to those strong statistics, it's safe to say that we do indeed lie to our kids when we want them to learn or know specific things!