Lying comes natural to kids!
This isn’t an empty opinion from a mom who is overtired.. This fact is confirmed in several studies.
1. Question Unacceptable Behaviour:
It is vital for kids to understand what it means to do something wrong. Due to a lack of emotional understanding, lying to avoid any future conflict is expected. Kids easily understand poor/unacceptable behaviour when we question it correctly. Questioning correctly helps guide them through realizing the negative outcomes
2. Start making a Good Deed Chart daily:
Your kids must do a deed for someone else, and describe it on the chart daily.
It’s fun to watch that list grow. It makes kids visualize what it really means to do good things for others. It is a great way to teach them a sense of “right”.
3. Keep it Real:
As long as it’s mild, when kids witness how grown-ups work through a difficult emotion or a conflict , it can be a great teaching moment.
Parents must ensure that the kids see how different disconnects and conflicts are resolved or faced in real.
4. Lead by Example:
We must lead by example if we want our kids to be honest. Explain to the kids why and how we must not lie just to get away with something. If for instance there is a situation where you confronted and faced the truth, you must ensure that you explain to your kids why you did so and why it’s important to have a clear conscious.
5. Teach Them to Accept Consequences:
Kids naturally have an inclination towards avoiding dealing with any kind of negative consequences to their actions. Make the most of any opportunity to show your kids that they must learn to accept responsibility for her actions.
If your kids have lied or have tried to deceive you, you must understand that it is normal childhood behaviour.
It is a parent’s job to teach them right from wrong. Take out special time to guide them away from lies and towards an environment where they can openly speak the truth.
They would definitely thank you for taking the extra time to teach them this important life lesson.
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Kids dont want to lie. So as a parent, we need to understand the reason behind their lie. Most of the times, we are surprised to know that it is because of our actions. Sometimes uncertainty about our actions can lead to the path towards dishonesty.
True that. Most times they get influenced by our actions or that of others around them. This is exactly why it’s important to model the kind of behaviour we expect from them.
These are some great tips to raise honest kids. I feel it is very important to be a roll model because kids follow more our actions rather than our advice. also, making a timely communication with kids is must to know that things and feelings that they are feeling or going through in certain phase of life.
That’s absolutely true. We must lead by example, in order to guide kids right.
Parents set examples for their children. Thus, it is rightly said that your kids will learn it the way you do! Kids remember the examples. Thus, we must give enough examples to our kids while teaching any value to them. Start making a good deed chart is a great idea to teach kids a sense of right.
Thanks Anjali. I am glad our thoughts resonate.
Leading by example is very important. Quite often we forget that they learn from us. This is such an important reminder.
You’re absolutely right! Children learn by example, and as adults, we have a responsibility to model the behavior we want to see in them. I’m glad that my post served as a helpful reminder of this important aspect of parenting. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!
This is another lovely post by you. Yes raising honest children is so important and I love all the pointers you have mentioned especially the good deed chart. Love that idea and it can encourage the kids so much.
Thank you for your kind words and for finding the post helpful. I’m glad to hear that you like the idea of the good deed chart, and I agree that it can be a great way to encourage positive behavior in children.
Kids get influenced by their elders and we play a very important role in shaping them. We must give them with the right example.
I couldn’t agree more – as elders, we have a crucial role to play in shaping the minds and characters of our children. Kids are always observing and learning from the world around them, and it’s up to us to provide them with positive examples and guidance.
By being good role models and setting a good example, we can inspire our children to develop positive values and traits such as honesty, respect, and kindness. It’s important to remember that children are always watching and learning from our actions, so it’s essential to be mindful of the messages we’re sending.
I’m glad to hear that you also recognize the importance of being a good influence on children, and I hope that we can all work together to create a better future for the next generation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Absolutely the best thing that on read today. You made this so possible to follow so kids can be raised in an honest way
It’s wonderful to hear that you found the article helpful and easy to follow. Creating an honest and open environment is so important for raising children who are confident, responsible, and respectful.
I’m glad that the article resonated with you and I hope that the tips and insights provided can be useful in your own parenting journey. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and best of luck in your parenting endeavors!
So I had seen this change in my daughter, who would give her brothers or cousins name when she made a mistake just to stay away for the consequences. So to stop that behaviour, I changed my tone when asking “who did it” and also started by saying I am just asking it will not scold or shout. That got out a positive result and my daughter started admiting her mistake. I was 1st time shocked when she lied but I knew she is doing only out of fear and I need to remove that from her.
It’s heartening to hear how you addressed your daughter’s lying behavior. Your loving and understanding approach is creating a safe and positive environment for her to learn and grow. Keep up the amazing work as a parent!
I always teach my kids the difference between good and bad, and the consequences of our actions in life. My kids learn best when I lead from the front.
That’s a great approach, leading by example is a powerful way to teach children. When they see their parents consistently practicing good behavior and making responsible choices, it can have a positive impact on their own behavior and decision-making. Keep up the good work!
This is a natural process and we as parents should not over-react to it, just because our kid told a lie. Instead, as you mentioned above follow the right way of addressing it. Scolding and shaming them, will only create ripples of unhappiness and sordid distance between both parties.
You’re absolutely right. Telling a lie is a normal part of a child’s development and over-reacting to it can lead to negative consequences. It’s important to address it in a way that promotes open communication and honesty, and encourages your child to learn from their mistakes. Scolding or shaming them may cause them to become defensive and afraid to be honest in the future. By creating a safe and non-judgmental environment for them to communicate, you can help them develop a sense of responsibility and trustworthiness.
I so agree with you from small age it is important to teach correct values to children. And teaching them good values is also easy, we just need to lead by example and instill the fear of consequence if done wrong.
I completely agree with you! Children learn by example, so it’s important for parents to model good behavior and values in their own actions. Consistency and follow-through with consequences for misbehavior can also help reinforce the importance of positive values and discourage negative behaviors. It’s never too early to start teaching children about values and morality, and it’s a continuous process throughout their development. Thank you for your insightful comment!
i LIKE the idea of creating a good deed chart. When kids make or write with their own hands, things get imprinted on their mind better.
Yes, creating a good deed chart is a great way to encourage positive behavior in children. When children are involved in the process, it can make them feel more invested and engaged in the idea of doing good deeds. Plus, having a physical chart that they can see and interact with can serve as a visual reminder of their goals and progress. It’s a simple yet effective tool for building positive habits and reinforcing good behavior.