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One of the most important life skills that we teach our children is the value of honesty. By reading the word of God and encouraging our children to speak honestly at home, we make family ties stronger and more rewarding. With this in mind, how can parents teach their children the importance of honesty?
Set a good example
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Prov. Ch.22:6 NIV)
It is our job as parents to be role models to our children and if we are dishonest to our spouse, neighbor or employer, our children may imitate this behavior. Tell the truth, even when it is hard and explain your reasons for doing so to your children. Honesty is the foundation for genuine interaction with others.
Explain the cost of dishonesty
“A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” (Prov. 16:28 NIV)
Little white lies are still lies. Once your credibility is gone, what do you have left? Lying to make friends or to avoid punishment will only make things harder. By teaching your children the dangers of dishonesty, they will be more likely to act and behave honestly.
Be open to hearing the truth
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18 NIV)
Your children may decide to lie to you for a variety of reasons, one of which may be that they are afraid you will not love them anymore if you know the truth. Curb this mistaken thinking by repeatedly reminding them that you will love them no matter what they have done and that telling the truth makes for a stronger relationship.
Believe in your children
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1 NIV)
Once you have taught your kids the lesson of honesty, choose to believe what your children tell you. Show them that they have earned your trust and they will continue to tell the truth.
By being honest and having faith in our lives, we can navigate through hard times and create a sense of balance. As our children grow into adults, they will take our lessons about honesty to heart and make the world a better place. For information about financial aid for private school, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.