4 tips to teach children the value of keeping their word
Friends, parents, teachers and anyone else in his life will judge his character according to whether they can trust him. For this reason it is vital to teach your children the value of honesty:
- The most important part of teaching your child any character trait is to model it for him. Teach your child that it's important to keep his word by keeping yours. When you tell your child you'll do something, make every effort to do so. Your child will remember.
- Often, parents fall into the trap of only addressing honesty and dependability when their child has lied or not followed through on something he said he would do. It's more effective to teach kids by paying attention and praising them when they do keep their word.
- Teach your children from an early age that demonstrating trustworthiness by keeping their word results in the reward of greater privileges and responsibility. For example, if your child shows that he can be trusted when he says he will do his homework, you can give him the option of going outside to play first and doing the homework after dinnertime.
- Kids make mistakes and do things they shouldn't sometimes. You need to be prepared to deal with children occasionally breaking their word. When this happens, try to use the experience as a teachable moment. Point back to other times when he did keep his word and focus on the positive, making sure your child understands that you really do want to trust him.