It turns out that catching your kid in a lie may actually be a good sign. According to a new study from the University of Sheffield, it takes an excellent memory to keep track of lies.
For the study, 135 children were given the opportunity to peek at the answers during a trivia game. Little did they know, they were being recorded on a hidden camera. The researchers found that the children who looked at the answers but then denied it outperformed their honest counterparts in a later memory test.
They believe this is because kids who have better memories and could keep track of lots of information were able to successfully create and maintain a cover story for their lie.
"While parents are usually not too proud when their kids lie, they can at least be pleased to discover that when their children are lying well, it means their children are becoming better at thinking and have good memory skills," said co-author Dr. Elena Hoicka, in a press release.
We're not saying to encourage your kid to lie; we're just saying it's not the worst thing in the world if they do from time to time.