Craig Smith, Ph.D. Director of the U-M Living Lab and Research Investigator at CHGD was quoted in the Boston Globe on January 24, 2017. The article is titled “Want honest kids? Commend them for telling the truth when they do something wrong.”
Children know lying is wrong from a young age, but that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Most parents wonder how to encourage kids to tell the truth, whether it be about a broken lamp or a missed homework assignment.
“A parent who stays calm in the moment – listening to their kid and expressing pleasure their child has been honest – is more likely to have that happen again,” says study author Craig Smith of the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. The findings support past research that has shown celebrating honesty as a virtue encourages kids to be more truthful.
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