When Do Habitual Lies Indicate a Developing Personality Disorder?

Part two of our series on lying


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This is part two of a series on lying. Part one explores why the psychology of lying, and why children do it.  

Whether triggered by their genetic makeup or a childhood experience, certain teens are prone to developing personality disorders. These young people lack the full array of emotional tools for interacting with others and functioning normally in society. To make up for these missing tools, teens may turn to what Dr. Kenan Penaskovic, M.D., a psychiatrist on the teaching faculty at UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, calls “maladaptive coping mechanisms.” One such coping mechanism is lying. 

While lying alone is not definitive of an underlying personality disorder, it can – in combination with other symptoms – suggest one. If you look at the symptoms of personality disorders listed in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” referred to as DSM-5 and known as the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the U.S., you may see familiar behavior. 

“Most teens have some of these traits,” Penaskovic says. 

So how can you know when your teen’s lies suggest a disorder?

 

The “Lifestyle Liar”

A typical teen may lie once or twice because he is ashamed of a grade, or wants to prevent a parent from knowing he was out late at a party. Habitual lying, however, is not typical. 

“Lifestyle lying is not a sign of health,” says Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and published author who has written extensively on adolescence. “It’s a fugitive behavior, and is usually indicative of an erosion of self-esteem. Lying and hiding will always create distance between you and your child, which can eventually get lonely and scary, and cause a teen to seek support in other places.” 

Recognizing that lying has become a problem with your teen can be a vital step toward keeping him safe and helping him prepare for an emotionally healthy adult life. If you can catch the lying before it becomes a habit, you are more likely to prevent further problems. 

Once lying has become an emotional tool, it’s harder to “fix,” Penaskovic says. But with hard work and therapy, a teen can learn coping skills. Again, the earlier a child learns to curtail his lying, the better. Pickhardt says parents should “always be in the business of evaluating data you get from your kid.” 

You can look for several warning signs: 

1. Look at the frequency of your child’s lying. A single lie, while it may be serious, is probably not suggestive of an underlying mental health issue. Lying is a problem when it becomes a pattern. “Lying is enormously seductive,” Pickhardt says. “If a teen finds they can successfully manipulate a parent, then it becomes part of their repertoire in the relationship.” And if a parent still does not address the issue, the teen will go on to use lying in other less-forgiving relationships. 

2. Look at the purpose of the lie. “What caliber of lie are we talking about?” asks Lorie Ritschel, an assistant professor of psychology at UNC School of Medicine and co-owner of The TAP Clinic in Durham. If your child is lying about eating the last cookie, then the lie should be promptly addressed but is most likely just a “developmentally appropriate mistake,” she says. However, if your child is lying for “no reason, or for any reason at all,” then the behavior is more of a red flag. Get a sense of the seriousness of the lie by talking with your teen and evaluating his level of remorse. If he says, “I’m sorry, I was too embarrassed to tell you,” that is different from a teen who continues to deny the lie. 

“There is a problem if [teens have] no remorse, no control over their behavior, or can’t seem to stop themselves from lying,” Ritschel says. 

3. Look at co-morbid issues. Even habitual lying might be just that — a bad habit that can be overcome with rules, consequences and attention. If the lying is accompanied by other symptoms, warns Ritschel, such as anxiety, irritability, low self-esteem, destructive behavior, theft, or unhealthy eating or sleeping, it could indicate an underlying mental health issue. 

4. Look at the effects of the lying, suggests Frank Addonizio, chief clinical officer at Holly Hill Hospital in Raleigh. Is your teen’s lying affecting your relationship with him or his relationships with his friends? Is it affecting his schoolwork or other regular daily activities? 

5. Once you have identified lying as a problem for your teen, you need to figure out what the lies are hiding. According to Ritschel, specific issues may include drug use, sexual promiscuity, shoplifting, personally damaging behavior like cutting, and suicidal thoughts and attempts. The lies could also hide less concrete mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression or difficulties with impulse control. 

 

The Connection Between Lying and Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are defined as “ingrained patterns of behavior that deviate markedly from the norms of generally accepted behavior,” Addonizio says. The DSM-5 identifies three “clusters” of personality disorders. Lying is associated most closely with Cluster B disorders, which include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. Of these, only antisocial personality disorder specifically lists lying as a symptom, but lying may be an indicator when other behaviors exist; for example, people with various Cluster B disorders may use lying as a tool to hide low self-esteem. 

Therapists will not typically diagnose personality disorders in teens, Ritschel says. “Depression in kids is clearly different than in adults, and we are nowhere near as far down the road studying mental illness in kids,” she explains. “There’s just not enough data.” 

The DSM-5 recommends that a personality disorder be diagnosed in a teen only if symptoms have been present for at least a year, with the exception of antisocial personality disorder — the only disorder that explicitly lists lying as a symptom — which cannot be diagnosed at all for patients under age 18. That said, antisocial personality disorder does require the existence of symptoms of “conduct disorder” in childhood and adolescence, and — as Ritschel explains — conduct disorder includes “deceitfulness” as a symptom.

Despite the lack of more explicit links in the DSM-5, lying has been associated with several disorders, from borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder, to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Ritschel notes that teens with a tendency toward personality disorders may use lying as a coping mechanism, and that they may lie out of shame, impulsivity (ignoring consequences), lack of emotional regulation or, with narcissistic personality disorder, to bolster a false sense of self.

 

Treatment 

Pickhardt firmly believes in aggressively addressing lying before it becomes a habit. 

“There is no such thing as a small first lie,” he says. “One successful lie will only lead to a second, bigger one.” 

He suggests confronting the teen, letting her know how it feels to be lied to, then providing a symbolic consequence, such as a chore that is unrelated to the lie. Finally, he says, tell your teen you trust her. 

“You can’t afford to say they have to earn your trust back; then the teen will believe you won’t believe them — whether they tell the truth or not. They would have no motivation to tell the truth.” 

If you are past the first-lie stage and are seeing a pattern, Penaskovic recommends working with your child to come up with a strategy to address the lying. If the two of you are not able to get the lying under control, reach out to a therapist, as teens may be more willing to deal with a professional. 

Therapist or not, once lying has become a problem, there are several challenges. First, Penaskovic says, the behavior has become a tool for comfort and “to make a change and get any benefits from therapy, the teen must see it as a problem.” Second, there is no quick fix. “A few weeks or even a few months is not going to address the problem,” he says. 

Ritschel agrees. She specializes in dialectical behavior therapy, often referred to as DBT, which is the gold standard for borderline personality disorder. It targets emotional dysregulation and impulsive behavior like self-harm, suicidal thoughts and maladaptive coping behavior. 

“The treatment is intense and long-term,” she says, requiring approximately six months — and sometimes longer — to complete. “Some people don’t get past the starting gate. You have to be willing to do the full treatment program — and if kids look and feel like they’re ordered, we won’t take them. We’ve had success because we’ve got families [who are] really committed to this.” 

A comprehensive DBT program includes individual therapy, along with regular group skills-training sessions. Ritschel says the group therapy sessions “look like a class,” and while some teens shy away from the idea, she says that most end up really appreciating it.

“A lot of kids are really looking for specific skills to cope,” she says. 

Individual psychotherapy and group therapies are often the preferred approach in treating teens with pre-personality disorder issues. Medication can sometimes be an important aspect of treatment, but Addonizio says, “Drug treatment is not the first line of defense for adolescents,  though medication can help if symptoms of anxiety are debilitating.” 

Even Ritschel, who has devoted her career to behavioral therapy, says some kids “absolutely” need medications. “If we can treat without drugs, that’s great,” she says. “But if the kid is having a major depressive episode and not getting any sleep, and their concentration is terrible, they may not be able to make the best use of therapy. In those situations, I recommend a consultation with a pediatric psychiatrist, because a low-level medication might give them a foundation.” 

She adds that the psychiatrists she works with are very careful with young patients, and would never leave a child or teen on medication without regular checkups. 

Ritschel notes that some teens become anxious to stop taking the medications when they start feeling better, and parents often side with their child. She warns teens and parents in this situation against taking too hasty of an approach. “When the teen is more functional, then you can talk with the psychiatrist about coming off the medication,” she says.

Ritschel also warns that self-tapering without medical guidance can be dangerous. “Just tell your psychiatrist you’d like to get your teen off the drug,” she says. “They are often willing to have that conversation when the time is right.”

It can be hard to acknowledge that your teen has a mental health issue. “As far as we’ve come,” Penaskovic says, “our society is still learning to understand and embrace mental disorder, and we need to overcome not only patient stigma, but family [stigma] as well. What we should be promoting is that everyone needs help.” 

He emphasizes the importance of addressing your child’s issues as early as possible. “If you catch it early, there could be some modification, but these issues will not disappear,” he says. “You need to help your teen develop coping skills.” 

Pickhardt agrees, adding: “Now is later. You are the custodian of your child’s future. How they are with you right now will absolutely affect their later relationships.”

Read part one of this series: "The Truth About Lying"

Caitlin Wheeler is a Parenting Media Association award-winning freelance writer who lives in Durham.

 

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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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The Six Swans is an ancient German fairy tale that was documented by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, to save her brothers, a princess may not speak until a curse is broken. Find out how she...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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If you cannot see animals, how do you know they are there or where they have been? Read a fun story about exploring the critters of the forest. Then discover a few sets of funny feet and match them...

Cost: Free (ages 3-5); Registration required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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In 2017, every 7th grader in the UK was given a tiny programmable computer to help them learn coding. So what is this small, affordable technology called? A micro:bit!In this workshop, students...

Cost: Free: registration required

Where:
, NC


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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Help us monitor and keep our bluebird and wood duck boxes clean throughout our park, create or place additional habitat boxes, and assist with other natural resource tasks. Come prepared to learn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets Dave Ramsey" class that has teens experience...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Azevedo Family Psychology and Kym Azevedo will host an Art for Life group each Thursday from 5:30-6:30PM beginning January 16 and running through March 26. This group is completely free, kid...

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Join us for our Junior High Prospective Parent Night on February 27th from 6-7pm! Drop by Thales to visit our campus, view our classrooms and curriculum, meet our teachers, and ask questions about...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thales Academy Rolesville JH/HS
1201 Granite Falls Blvd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Thales Academy Rolesville JH/HS
Telephone: (919) 435-2715
Contact Name: Ashley Bahor
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Please join us for the national "Jazz N Friends" National Day of School and Community readings. The main goal is to foster conversation about how to keep LGBTQ youth safe in our schools and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
NCAE Conference Center
700 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Contact Name: Edmon Jones
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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
View map »


Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
View map »


Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
Website »

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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on camp week

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the...

Cost: Varies depending on week of camp

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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The Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in partnership with the IBM Research Triangle Park Black Business Resource Group will be hosting a “FREE” hands-on...

Cost: 0

Where:
IBM Fitness and Recreation Center
3039 Cornwallis Road
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
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Sponsor: Sigma Tau Omega AKA Sorority, Inc and IBM RTP Black Business Resource Group
Contact Name: Alesia Perry
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Raleigh North Carolina's 4th Annual Koreafest! Come learn about Korean culture, try some delicious Korean food, cheer on the kpop dancers as they compete for first prize. Love Korean music? There...

Cost: $0 - $25

Where:
Kerr Scott Building (NC State Fairgrounds)
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: InWave
Telephone: 919-210-2845
Contact Name: HeOak
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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InWave hosts the annual event, which offers K-pop performances of dancing and singing, Korean food, clothing and craft vendors, games, and more. The group has been hosting the event since...

Cost: 10 (free for visitors under 8 years old).

Where:
Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC
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YOU & YOUR CHILD ONE SATURDAY A MONTH Developing Your INNER POWERS Workshop #1: Achieve Your Goals & Dreams   Featuring the I Shine® Inner Wellness Curriculum for Kids, Parent & Child POWER...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Unitarian Universalist PEACE Fellowship
4104 Watkins Road
Raleigh, NC  27616
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Sponsor: Mighty Me
Telephone: 919-397-2475
Contact Name: Karin Cross
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Winter magic returns to the Triangle! Bundle up and join Waverly Place for our Ninth Annual Snow Day event on Saturday, February 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities include sledding hills,...

Cost: $8 for a Sledding Ticket

Where:
Waverly Place Shopping Center
302 Colonades Way
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Johnson Subaru of Cary

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Once every four years, we get an extra day in the year – February 29! We’ll celebrate Leap Day by learning all about some of our amphibian friends for whom every day is Leap Day – the frogs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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You Call This Yoga, A 501(c)(3) Educational Nonprofit which provides yoga programs for physically challenged and under-served groups in the Triangle region and the Grewal Center for Mind Body...

Cost: FREE!

Where:
Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
1003 High House Road
Suite 103
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine
Telephone: 919-234-7169
Contact Name: Harkiran Grewal
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Saturday, February 29: The Good Hub POP UP Kick-Off   Join Activate Good to celebrate the launch of The Good Hub POP UP! Sat, February 29, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 702 Oberlin Road,...

Cost: Free

Where:
702 Oberlin Rd
Suite 400
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Activate Good
Telephone: 919-696-5753
Contact Name: Lee Pike
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Leave your GPS at home and learn how to find your way using only a compass and a map. We will cover the basics of orienteering, including reading bearings, calculating your stride, and more. Use...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Hear excerpts by authors, musicians, poets, scholars, orators, and more as we celebrate literature during Black History Month! A free read-in hosted by the North Carolina African American Heritage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pure Life Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St.
Suite 113
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Telephone: 919-814-6516
Contact Name: Kyma Lassiter
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Many animals are active around sunset or shortly after. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time. Look for deer, coyotes, and owls. The program is...

Cost: $3

Where:
Annie Louis Wilkerson. MD Nature Preserve Park
5229 Awls Haven Dr
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Bryan England
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Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program with books, songs, movement, and other early literacy-based activities, carefully selected to engage an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries

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From the highly acclaimed Raleigh author of Caterpillar Summer comes a heartfelt story about the sweetness and stings of middle-school friendship. Ages 8-12.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209 Lassister Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. Performances are Feb. 27-28-29 @ 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call...

Cost: $15 adults / $8 students

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Carolina Youth Theatre
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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