4 Signs Your Kids Are Lying
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4 Signs Your Kids Are Lying

How to know when your kids are lying to you, from the experts at the FBI.

"A mother is the best polygraph examiner in the world," says former FBI profiler and interrogation expert Jack Trimarco, cohost of Fake Out, a Court TV game show. Still, if your detection skills need a tune-up, here are Trimarco's top clues for figuring out if your child is being dishonest:

Double is trouble: A lying child may repeat your last statement in a ploy to gain time to think up a believable response.

Facing the facts: Changing facial expressions, or gestures such as nose scratching or brow wiping, often signal dissembling.

Missing a beat: Since kids know it's wrong to fib, they may deliver the whopper in a lowered voice, or change the tone or tempo of their speech.

Talking too much: A less-than-truthful child may feel compelled to fill empty air time with unsolicited information. Unless your kid is the type who reports every detail, rambling is a sure sign he's feeding you bull.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal magazine, June 2004.