This Month’s Parenting Class: Raising Honest Kids
Welcome to this months online parenting class! There is nothing more frustrating than catching your kids in a pattern on lying. I promise it will make you want to pull your hair out! This month we want to tackle the topic of honesty and how to raise honest kids.
Honesty is a value, but honesty is not easy. Many times as a kid and as an adult honesty is risky and costly. Honesty fuels trust in the long term but for a kid, it’s momentarily easier to tell a lie. Raising honest kids begins with helping our kids understand the tension between the benefit and difficulty of honesty. It never helps kids when we hold honesty up as a standard without helping them navigate the tension of choosing honesty.
The Scriptures say this about honesty…
The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.
Honesty keeps us on track where lies lead to trouble. It’s important that our kids know we want them to live an honest life not just tell truth when we ask them if they brushed their teeth. Telling the truth in small things leads to being truthful in big things…in life.
Here are a few tips to help you raise honest kids…
Challenge lies and reward and praise all honesty.
Don’t let little lies slip. Challenge your kids when you catch that they are not being truth tellers. We know it’s easy to let those things go and hope kids get better, but honesty is a learned habit. While you challenge lies make sure and praise honesty. If your child admits to a lie, give grace; forgive, then course correct. Honesty should be rewarded.
Kids need to see you be a truth teller. Work hard to show them what honesty looks like as you interact with your family. When you mess up, tell the truth and apologize. When you make commitments to other people follow through. When it would be easy to lie find a way to tell the truth in love. Model what you want from your kids.
Watch for bad influences.
Your kids’ friends have a deep influence on them. Your kid’s social media access also has a big influence on them. Be present enough to know the people around your kids and to be able to call out dishonest influences. When kids get around people who are dishonest many times they pick up the habit. Keep a steady eye on who is influencing your child.
To have kids of character lead them in that direction! Praying for you as you invest in your child this month.
- Parenting Class 1: What Do I Do When My Child Is Getting Bullied?
- Parenting Class 2: What Do I Do When My Child Always Wants More?
- Parenting Class 3: What Do I Do When My Child Is Struggling at School?
- Parenting Class 4: How Do I Help My Child When They Are Trapped by Fear?
- Parenting Class 5: My Child and Technology in the Home
- Parenting Class 6: Teaching Our Kids Honor Through Discipline
- Parenting Class 7: Time Management for Your Family
- Parenting Class 8: Helping Your Child Be a Real Friend
- Parenting Class 9: Helping Your Child Embrace Gratefulness
- Parenting Class 10: How Do I Teach My Child To Be Respectful?
- Parenting Class 11: Taming Our Kids Emotional Meltdowns
- Parenting Class 12: Creating an Empathetic Child
- Parenting Class 13: How to Get Your Child to Do More Than Play Wii/Cultivating Good Work Habits
- Parenting Class 14: Encouragement vs. Perfectionism
- Parenting Class 15: Helping Kids Process Evil
- Parenting Class 16: Keeping Our Children Safe Online
- Parenting Class 17: How to Handle Bed Time without a Fight
- Parenting Class 18: Allowing Your Kid to Struggle
- Parenting Class 19: Dealing with a Rebellious Child
- Parenting Class 20: Fun Ways to Study Scripture with Your Child
- Parenting Class 21: How to Have a Scream Free Home
- Parenting Class 22: How to Speak “Kid Language”
- Parenting Class 23: Overcoming Failures
- Parenting Class 24: Preparing for Puberty
- Parenting Class 25: Helping Your Child Know When and If to Quit
- Parenting Class 26: Establishing Healthy Gaming Boundaries
- Parenting Class 27: What If You Don’t Like Your Child’s Friend
- Parenting Class 28: Scriptures You Can Pray for Your Kids
- Parenting Class 29: Teaching Your Kids About Mercy
- Parenting Class 30: When Family Devotions Go Wrong
- Parenting Class 31: 4 Personal God Things to Share with Your Child
- Parenting Class 32: The Importance of a Childhood Inventory
- Parenting Class 33: How to Fight Fair
- Parenting Class 34: A Third Party
- Parenting Class 35: How to Infuse God into Everyday Life
- Parenting Class 36: Helping Around the House
- Parenting Class 37: Manners, Politeness, and Respect
- Parenting Class 38: Conversations Through TV and Movies
- Parenting Class 39: Money Management and Allowance
- Parenting Class 40: Developing Good Study Habits
- Parenting Class 41: Handling Anger, Frustration, and Arguments
- Parenting Class 42: Shame Versus Guilt
- Parenting Class 43: Discipline Versus Punishment
- Parenting Class 44: Do I Parent Using Shame
- Parenting Class 45: Parenting Yourself
- Parenting Class 46: Combating Shame
- Parenting Class 47: The Power of Empathy
- Parenting Class 48: No Perfect Parent
- Parenting Class 49: Disrespectful Speech and Attitudes
- Parenting Class 50: The Potential of Saying “No”
- Parenting Class 51: Moms and Sons
- Parenting Class 52: Dads and Daughters
- Parenting Class 53: Parenting from a United Front
- Parenting Class 54: Embracing the Power of a Schedule
- Parenting Class 55: Cyberbullying
- Parenting Class 56: Helping Your Child Be More Confident
- Parenting Class 57: The Power of a Family Goal
- Parenting Class 58: Controlling Technology
- Parenting Class 59: Leveraging the Dinner Table
- Parenting Class 60: Family Rules for Sleepovers
- Parenting Class 61: How to Help Your Kids and Teens Deal with Anxiety