Lying is a healthy and inevitable part of child development. But when do lies become a problem? The Truth About Lying is a book where psychologist Victoria Talwar, director of the Talwar Child Development Lab at McGill University, presents practical, science-based strategies to address lying and foster truthfulness in children, from early childhood to the teenage years. Parents and caregivers will learn how to use stories and examples to have proactive conversations with children about honesty, and how to model honest behavior for children.
“This book came at the perfect time. At 5 years old, my daughter is starting to tell more sophisticated lies. It has been hard for me to find the right words to say to her in those moments. I want to avoid shaming her because I know it’s developmental however I don’t want to let it slide so much that it becomes a frequent habit. I’m looking forward to learning developmentally appropriate strategies.”
“This is a well done book. The information is fact based and very useful. The approach is relatable and developmentally appropriate.”
“This is a very helpful book for parents of young kids. The author created approachable strategies and verbiage that make it easier for parents to react and respond to lies and promote honesty. It also dives into why children lie and helps parents understand its role in healthy development. The author shares proactive strategies to help talk to kids about honesty and how to be honest in different social situations. It’s research based and written in an approachable way.”
“I like how easy it is to read and understand. The authors strategies make sense and it gives me confidence to react in a positive, shame or guilt-free way.”
“Looking forward to putting these methods to work”