TEACHING YOUR KIDS INTEGRITY
“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” ― George Eliot
Teaching your children good values and integrity is one of the gifts that you can give them that they will keep for the rest of their lives. By teaching your children integrity, you will not only be making their lives better, but you will be improving the life of everybody who comes in contact with your child, both now and in the future.
There are some tips you can follow to help teach a child how to live their life with integrity.
- Encourage Truthfulness
Being truthful and honest at all times is an important part of integrity. Encourage an atmosphere at home where the children feel comfortable in sharing things with you and that too honestly despite knowing that you will not want to hear what they are about to share with you. On the other hand, if you instantly criticize or punish your childrenwhen they share something with you that they did wrong, you are just encouraging them to either lie about things in the future or stop telling you things altogether.
- Set a Good Example
One of the best ways of teaching your child integrity is to model it yourself. Children often learn more from what their parents do than what they say, so make sure that when your child watches you, they are observing the same type of integrity that you would like them to learn. It is important not to let your child catch you being rude to other people or getting engaged in dishonest behaviour. Keep your temper under control and never use insults or degrading comments when talking to your spouse, your children or anybody else for that matter.