Tip #2 on How to Help Young Children to be Honest
There are many ways I find that parents and teachers can help young children tell the truth.
While this second tip I’m about to share may seem common sense, however, many people do not implement it to help kids practice honesty.
As I mentioned in the previous blog post, tip #1 is to avoid providing opportunities for children to lie. You can read it here.
I counsel parents to do unto the children what Jesus himself would do unto us. When in doubt we should ask what would Jesus do? (WWJD).
Better yet, search the Scriptures. We don’t wanna chance it. Our children’s lives are too precious to be dealt with by chance.
Since we live in an imperfect world and we’re not the only ones teaching them…
Tip #2 is:
If your children happen to lie…
- don’t fret
- don’t fuss
- don’t stress
- don’t yell
- don’t punish them
- Stay calm
In other words, don’t beat them over the head with their mistake. Yes it is a mistake. ‘Cause if they knew better, they’d do better. If you like you can check out the video here.
So, all you need is to be ready and willing to teach them about the consequences of lying and at the same time also open the word of God with them.
Because only the Word of God can transform their hearts and help them to be honest. We cannot do anything good on our own.
When teaching them about the consequences, let them know that it takes a lot out of us to get people to trust us again after we lied to them.
And people tend not to want to trust anybody who lied to them even when they’re telling the truth. So it’s really not worth it to lie. Therefore, it’s best not to lie in the first place.
But if they lie, they should fess up to it. Don’t be afraid to admit that they lied and try their best by God’s grace not to do it again.
From the Word of God, show them that God does not like it when we lie. It’s not God’s will that we should lie. And it’s not pleasing to God.
Be patient With Them
The reason we need to be patient with them and loving in spite of their mistakes is because Jesus does the same thing for us.
In fact, Jesus makes plan in case we mess up so that He can redeem us. First John 1:2 says, “My dear children I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous one.”
If Jesus can do that for us, of course we also have to be their little Jesus. We have to do for them also what Jesus does for us. It can’t get any simpler than that. We do for them what Jesus does for us.
So Jesus is forever patient and loving with us. We need to do the same for our children. And we can do it for our children.
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Question: How would you handle dishonesty in children? You can leave a comment below.
Case in point:
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