Do you grow a liar by lying to your child?

Most parents tell their child a lie every once in a while. But how does parental lying affect children? This question has been rarely addressed in scientific research.

In my new research project Fami-LIES, I will study what parents lie about and how lying affects children’s moral and socio-emotional development.

National newspaper Trouw interviewed me and one of the few researchers that has attempted to answer this question, Professor Gail Heyman. Read the entire article (in Dutch).

I am excited to delve into this intriguing topic in 2021, and I am grateful that Professor Gail Heyman and Professor Victoria Talwar (one of the expert researchers on child lying) are willing to act as external advisors to make this project a success!

Do you grow a liar by lying to your child?