Honesty and Integrity
We often hear people say that kids don’t know how to lie. But oh, how they do! There are factors that contribute to the reasons why kids lie, but that warrants a different discussion. As parents, it is important to teach our kids the value of honesty, and how this is equal to their integrity as a human being.
The best way to teach honesty to our children is to practice it ourselves. When a teacher asks why you weren’t able to join the Parents-Teachers meeting, don’t say that you’ve been sick when in fact you just forgot about the meeting.
When your son asks for a very expensive toy, don’t tell them that you’ll buy it next payday when in fact you can’t afford it. Tell the truth about your finances. You’ll be surprised at how kids understand.
When your child hears you telling untruthful things, they may think that lying is okay. “Not telling the truth is acceptable because my mom is doing it.” NO. Teach them honesty by also being honest in everything as much as possible.
Respect and Consideration
I think Billy Graham nailed it when he said this: “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”
The keyword here is “allowed”. This only means that we, as parents, have control over whether or not our child respects us. If we allow them to be disrespectful to us, then we are molding them to become disrespectful to everyone.