Parenting: Kids and Lying - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Lying is one of those really funny things. Toddlers lie because they do not really understand the difference between lying and the truth. As our kids get older, we do have to always role model the truth. We have to be people who speak the truth and are honest ourselves. We need to look for stories and for examples and for opportunities to teach our kids about the truth versus lying and show them the differences between telling the truth and telling a lie. We need to thank our children for their honesty when we catch them being honest, we need to reward them for that. And finally, we need to explain that lying, almost always will cause more problems. Whereas the truth, never causes a problem and we need to role model that and encourage our kids to do the same.