If you will notice a child begins to make believe and lie when they reach the toddler stage. The formative years of a child begins in the age of zero-five. During this age, they become aware and curious of what’s happening around them, they mimic the things they see and hear and because of their virgin minds, they still cannot distinguish what is right and what is wrong. A crucial stage which lay the foundation of the whole life of a child. It is very important for us to guide and teach them to be more emotionally stable. A child who feels being loved has the less chance to misbehave. “Haplos ng pagmamahal” (showing affection through touch or simply the touch of love) is just one way how to show and let your child feel that he is well-loved and taken cared of. The best foundation for discipline is love.
One of the first things we should teach them is how to be honest. We can teach honesty anytime through their daily activities, explaining carefully for their little minds to comprehend. It is vital for our kids to learn the value of honesty, for it refers to the moral character of a person.
Here are some tips on how to educate your children to be honest.
- Slowly, point out to them that an honest person is somebody who is brave to tell the truth.
- An honest person is one who admits one’s mistake and asks for forgiveness if you have done something wrong. Learn to say I am sorry.
- Make it a point to keep promises.
- Do not be afraid to always tell the truth even if you know you’ll be scolded, don’t get angry, when parents scold you for doing something wrong.
- Have the courage to do and say things which are correct and true.
- Inspire and tell them stories related to honesty.
- Inculcate in their minds that being honest is a good deed.
- To be honest is to apologize and be ready to bear the consequences
- Emphasize that lying, cheating and theft are sins. God bless honest children.
- Truth brings trust, peace and freedom from fear.
One of the ways to measure a person’s credibility is through being honest. It is a a virtue attributed to integrity, truthfulness and straightforwardness. It is our obligation to rear and mold our children to become good people.