Teaching Kids Honesty

I once discussed with a college professor “what is truth?”  Looking back I see his point about perspective. 

Perhaps you have experienced a feeling in your gut, heart, or soul, a feeling that prompted you to believe something true.  We have our experiences and knowledge that bring us to our own truth.

Truth fears no questions.  Unknown

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.  Aristotle

A half truth is a whole lie.  Yiddish Proverb

Does dishonesty come from different definitions of truth?  How confusing for a child growing up today with conflicting ideas on truth and honesty.

Many of us have been guilty of justifying some type of dishonesty.  We tell a little lie to protect ourselves or to not hurt another’s feelings; driving through a red light only to justify it was yellow when approaching the intersection; we justify “whatever it takes” at school to get good grades or in the work place and justify we must to provide for family–survive.

Honesty is a key ingredient to nurturer thrival (see About above).

1.  We, as parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers, must be honest with ourselves.  Accept the truth without bending it to justify actions.   No excuses.  No justification. 

2.  We, as nurturers, must vigilantly look at our own lives and accept the consequences of our thoughts and actions.  No excuses.  No justification.

3.  We nurturers must be honest in every agreement, contract, duty, or trust even if it costs friends or opportunities.  No excuses.  No justification.

4.  Nurturers must live honestly to thrive.  Then their children will follow their example with no excuses or justification.

5.  Nurturers thrive best when their truth is based on moral principles and they are accountable to a higher power; whether by religious principles and God or moral character and your own conscience.  No excuses . . .


About jjbailey

Professional Parent, Author, creative homemaker, and endangered species.
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