It can be upsetting to parents when children begin telling lies and the first thing that comes to mind is to discourage them from doing it, but researchers have found that lying may not be such a bad thing after all.

Kids lie about being asleep, making a mess, or being dressed for school when they are clearly still in their pajamas, but some researchers are saying it could be a sign of positive brain development.

The latest study found that the kids who knew how to control their impulses and who also knew that people can be tricked, were able to learn how to hone those skills more quickly than the kids who didn't.

Kids begin to lie around three or four years old.  The ability to guess what someone else is thinking and knowing how to influence someone else's beliefs are at the root of deception.  Here's more from momseveryday.com.