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May Virtue: Honesty

on May 3, 2016

“I am a truth-teller!”

Honesty: Honesty is when you speak the truth and act truthfully.

Honesty in the Classroom includes:

  • Honesty means you say things that are true.
  • Honesty means you admit when you have made a mistake.
  • Honesty means that you tell how things really happen.

I will…

  • Follow the rules even if nobody is watching
  • Tell what really happened when someone asks me
  • Not take what isn’t mine

Practical Application: 3 Tips for Encouraging Honesty

  • Keep calm. If your kids worry about being yelled at or punished when they mess up, they won’t want to come to you with the truth. Focus on using a calm voice – yes, it can be tough, but it’s possible. That doesn’t mean kids are off the hook for lying. But instead of getting angry and assigning blame, discuss solutions to the problem with your child.
  • Emphasize ways to solve the problem. If you know your child has tracked mud into the house ask him, “What can we do to clean this up and make sure it doesn’t happen next time?” instead of asking “How did all this mud get on the carpet?” This can help head off a power struggle and allows your child to focus on a plan of action instead of fabricating an excuse. It also teaches a lesson of what they can do next time –taking off their shoes in the mudroom instead of the living room – to avoid problems.
  • Celebrate honesty.Even if you’re upset that there’s a sea of water on the floor because your daughter tried to give her dolls a bath in the sink, commend her for coming to you and telling the truth. Tell her, “I really appreciate you telling me what really happened.  I really appreciate you telling the truth and taking responsibility.”
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