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I got a full-blown sermon going, my vocal chords inflamed, veins bulging out of my neck. I told him he was ruining his relationship with me because I couldn’t trust him. I told him his deceitful behavior was getting to be a bad habit. I even told him he was a lousy liar anyway, and he lied about things that were just plain stupid.

It may sound harsh, but if your mom won’t tell you, who will? He finally got the message.

Lying may be normal, and it may even demonstrate that children are smart in some measurable, scientific sense. But telling the truth shows they are also children of good character. What could be more important?

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