4 Signs Your Kids Are Lying

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



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