Young children learn pretty quickly that lying can bring them certain short-term benefits. However, at a young age, they may not consider the moral ramifications of lying or the consequences that may follow.
As parents, it is important to help kids tell the truth. Setting an example for our kids in this area is one of the best ways we can teach them the benefits of telling the truth.
1 Way Parents Can Help Kids Tell the Truth
No parent wants their children to lie to them. However, how many parents are prepared to consistently tell the truth in front of their kids, even when they may benefit from lying? Let me explain; I think it is fairly obvious that telling the truth to our kids is a big deal. But the challenge to parents is to refrain from those “white lies” we may tell while our kids are watching.
Do we fall into the temptation to lie about how old our kids are when they want to order from kids’ section of the menu? Are we tempted to lie about the true condition of that used vehicle when we are about to sell it at a good price? Children often learn more from the things that their parents do than from the words that come out of their mouths. If children observe our willingness to miss out on a deal in order to share the truth, they may follow our example and tell the truth more readily, regardless of what they may miss out on. In the long run, the benefits of telling the truth will be far greater than anything we could have gained by lying.
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