As parents, we want to trust our kids. In everything! Feeling as though we can’t trust them must mean they’ve given us a reason to think that way.
This simply isn’t true. It’s our responsibility to guide our children through life, and this may mean not always trusting them in every situation.
What It Means to Trust Our Kids
Many parents feel that they should trust their kids in every aspect of life, and in every situation. If they don’t, that must mean they’re either bad parents or raising bad kids. I believe that too many of us use the term “trust” in a general way. For the most part, I think all of us trust our kids. When it comes to certain things, however, we might be wise not to trust them. It doesn’t make you a bad parent for thinking this way. It makes you prudent.
To tell our kids we trust them with a particular situation, when we really don’t, is a lie. Nothing breaches trust more than lying, and our kids know when they’re being lied to. Remember, truth breeds trust.
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