“Honesty” is our first value. Teaching about honesty helps children learn to tell the truth, if they understand it gives “a good feeling”, and “it sets us free”. Honesty and trust go hand in hand as “a way of life”. It is an essential “backbone” modeled by parents. Honesty builds character by becoming trustworthy, reliable, and truthful. These are qualities deeply appreciated by others, in every relationship. What children learn about honesty will affect their personal relationships.
Encourage honesty at home by frequently talking about what it entails. Accept mistakes openly. Be supportive and turn those moments into learning experiences. Children are sometimes hesitant about being honest because of fear of facing punitive consequences. Talk about consequences of lying, cheating, and copying, and the harm these may cause. Use examples in everyday life to teach about it.