How do I teach my child Honesty?

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From Kaye's profile

One thing we did right in our parenting is handling our children when they did something bad (like breaking a window). 

It is to simply say, "Oh thank you for telling the truth.  

I would emphasis the triumph of being honest over the embarrassment of making the mistake.  This way they could feel like they could come to me with any problem.  I think admitting you've done something wrong is hard not only for children, but for adults too.  We hold up Uncle Scott in esteem when we say that he was known as 'Mr Integrity'  at Stanford University.
When I drop off our children to school each day, I rehearse two things:  "ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH, and BE KIND!"  I feel these two virtues are the cornerstone of Christian values. 

  

 From Family Institution

 -make an honesty reward.

Give weekly awards at Family Night - The Kindness Award, The Sharing Award, The Best Cuddler Award.  Character talents are often over shadowed by physical talents, but no less important.
Send letters to Granma, reading aloud the bits about them.  Keep a copy from those letters of each child's news and on a quiet day read  them again, giggling together over how cute and funny they were.


From Monthly Themes
The Family Night lesson is on the theme you have chosen and this is backed up by stories told by you at random moments during the week, such as in the car or waiting for others.  If you tell the story to just one child, another is sure to come up half way through and want to know what they are missing, so use  this as a chance to tell it again and re emphasize the point.  A game after dinner  and an activity on Saturday or Sunday afternoon is fun and keeps the interest up.  You don't need new ones every week.  Children love to repeat an activity that was fun the first time.  A chart on the fridge, with stickers for performance helps, but I find that a chart's 'life' is about 2 weeks.  Then it is forgotten, time for something else.
 Try making up your own theme month. It is fun planning and looking for material and the result will impress you with how clever you are.  You know which games your children like and what will surprise or delight them.  Try new things, do the unexpected.
 
Some other ideas I like-
 
We have an Honesty Train-
a cardboard car one for each letter from H on the engine to Y on the caboose. Paint them brightly.
A paddlepop stick with each child on it-eg  yellow wool for hair and blue eyes and they get to ride on the honesty train each day when they tell some truth even something little like "I brushed my teeth"
Also they can progress to sit in the engine with each truth.
(the windows in each car are the pocket the sticks sit in)
I really liked the Standin Tall series by Janeen Brady especially the Honesty one- great catchy songs that they still remember and funny stories that teach.
 
Also set up experiences and make sure they succeed EG
This is an honesty game we can play. Here is a lolly.  I'm going to walk out of the room and you can hide it or eat it. Then tell me the truth.  Oops let's try again.  Then progress to harder tests and work towards the idea "What is your integrity worth? Is it worth only one lolly? Is it worth $4.00? eg the amount you save by lying about your age for a movie ticket. Is it worth$10.00 the amount of a DVD someone shoplifts.  They can see the big things are wrong and feel shocked but this approach helps them see the value of honesty in small things.Talk about people who are well known for their integrity (honesty)  Would the prophet tell a lie?
Why does Jesus teach us this if it is hard?
 
The whole approach is here is something interesting, good and sometimes hard to learn and I'M here to help you learn it.  You don't get in trouble if you make a mistake and soon you'll be able to do it ALL the time!

Happy fun teaching at a time when there IS NO PROBLEM - about a month of training....

Then if they are resisiting you may decide it is time for some unpleasant consequences.  "This is so important in our family that we need a rule about it.  A rule with consequences."  

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