How to teach children to tell the truth. It has been proven: all kids and teens, even grown ups lie sometimes. We all want to avoid looking bad. Its ok to admit mistakes, we all make them. Keep your cool. Don't set traps or kids will find ways around them. Avoid calling anyone a liar. Give them a chance for a do-over. Praise truth telling when its difficult to do. BE AN EXAMPLE! Kids notice when we lie, even so called 'white lies'
I have a daughter now, and one of my greatest fears is getting her through those tumultuous, insecure, awkward middle and high school years with her sense of confidence intact. I would love to protect her from every mean girl, every unkind word, and every sting of rejection possible. However, I recognize not only the impossibility of that, but also the lack of wisdom in doing so.