Parenting Tips: Teaching your kids to be honest

These great tips for teaching your kids to be honest are drawn from this article.

Reward the Truth.

Reward honesty with loads of praise and hugs. It will build self-confidence and reinforce the positive behavior. Plus, a child can never get too much love.

The Art of “Spin.”

The brutal truth should not always be spoken. We have all heard the saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” One need not lie and say Aunt Becky is skinny when asked how she looks. Just don’t say anything. Or find something else about Aunt Becky that is positive. “That sure is a colorful shirt.” Spin. People make a lot of money doing it. Spin works two ways, but when done for good, it’s a wonderful tool to learn.

The Hard Truth.

Correct morals and purity of spirit always trump protecting the feelings of someone who is doing wrong. Wrong is always wrong. For instance, your son’s best friend is cheating on tests and your son is fully aware. He has a duty to go to his friend and advise him to stop.

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree.

As is always the case, you are the role model.

Do Not Lead the Witness.

Though it’s tempting to test them, try to avoid asking questions that give your child a chance to not be honest.

Truth or Consequences.

We all sin. Even children do. They will eventually lie to you and you will eventually catch them. It’s important that there be consequences for their actions.

Correct Mistakes.

Catching your child being dishonest is a good time to break out your teacher hat. Help him correct the mistake.

Your Word is Gold.

The most important character trait a person can possess is keeping and following through on promises made.

What’s Yours is Yours.

Possessions can create all sorts of problems. The best policy is to teach a child early on that what they have belongs to them. What other people have belongs to that person.

Look for Honest Friends.

Show me your friends and I will show you your future. If your child’s friends lie and cheat, so will they.