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Lies we tell our children

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Let's face it: many parents tell their kids lies. And some of the lies are real whoppers. We tell ourselves we are protecting them or keeping them in line. But are we being lazy?

Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist, says that by lying parents are taking a short cut instead of taking the time to really explain and get the child to understand.

There is even a name for mothers who stretch the truth: "Pinocchio moms." A fibbing parent's nose may not grow, but Dr. Gardere says tall tales are not the best way to handle conflict.

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