Don’t ask children if they’ve told the truth; this can corner them into telling another lie. Instead, say something like, “It can be hard to tell the truth sometimes. It’s okay for you to make a mistake, but it isn’t okay for you to lie about what happened.”
Tip of the Day February 27
When you know your young child has lied (and they all do at times), point it out. Explain why it’s wrong to lie. Talk about how important it is to be honest.
Tip of the Day February 26
When you fudge the truth, admit it and apologize. This sounds simple, but it is not always easy.
Tip of the Day February 25
Call your children’s attention to times when their words and actions don’t match and times when they do. Encourage them to do the same for you.
Tip of the Day February 24
You are both teacher and role model of positive values. The ways in which you talk about values and live by them will strongly influence your children’s development of them, especially when your children become teenagers.
Tip of the Day February 23
Think about your children’s passions and interests. Look for ways they can make a difference in those areas. Do they love dogs? How about helping them collect pet food or soft rags for an animal shelter? Are they passionate about music? Let them share their talent in a family talent show.
Tip of the Day February 22
It’s important to be involved as a family in events or activities, even if you are separated or divorced. If possible, this could mean setting aside differences and attending your child’s performance or school conference together.
Tip of the Day February 21
Teach children about integrity in simple ways. For example, explain, “When someone thanks you for doing something you didn’t do, it’s important to say so. You can say, ‘Thanks for thanking me, but my brother did it.’”
Tip of the Day February 20
Be willing to apologize to your parenting partner when it’s appropriate. If your child was within earshot of an argument between your partner and you or witnessed negative behavior, let them hear the apology as well.
Tip of the Day February 19
Regularly make a point of saying something positive to your co-parent about his or her parenting techniques. Supporting each other is “key” to good parenting.