Below, you will find tips, tools, and resources to teach them about Honesty.
- Trust is the consequence of honesty. Broken promises break people’s trust. Explain what promises are and why they should not be made if they cannot be kept.
- Play a game. Ask your child why they should follow the rules of the game. Ask them how they would feel if someone cheated to win the game.
- Loss of Privilege. If you children are dishonest, take a privilege away that directly relates to what they lied about. For example, if they ate a treat without asking, do not allow them to touch the treat jar or go into the pantry until they regain your trust.
- God Knows. Remind them that even if they lie and don’t get caught, God knows everything they do, both good and bad. He is watching them all the time.
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Give your child a small container to use as an Honesty Bank.
Give them a penny or other item when they are being honest.
Take pennies away when they are dishonest.
When they fill up their bank allow them to do something special.
The Tower of Trust
When talking about Honesty, use blocks to show how trust is gained and lost.
Tell your children to think of the blocks as times they have been honest.
As you build the tower, ask your children for examples.
They cleaned their room right away after being asked.
They returned a toy they accidentally took from their friend.
They told the truth when asked if they hit their sibling.
Show them what happens when they are dishonest and
pull a block from the tower for each example you give until the tower falls.
Point out how much effort it took to build the tower,
but just like trust, it didn’t take long to destroy it.