Three-year-old Sophia is in trouble for painting her Barbie with nail polish. Dad is patiently trying to explain why what she did was wrong. It isn't working though because, in between tears, she's trying to explain that it wasn't her fault at all! Her Barbies made her do it!
It's not unusual for preschoolers to lie says Lisa J. Redoble, assistant professor of the Department of Family Life and Child Development at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines in Diliman. Kids usually lie for fear of punishment, as well as their desire to please their parents, teachers or other authority figures.