How many times have we heard the saying, “Honesty is the best policy.”?
You can tell your children over and over not to lie, to be honest, and to always tell the truth.
Better still, you can model honesty in your own life.
In our home my children memorize scripture. Hiding God’s words in their heart gives them a reservoir from which to draw upon in difficult times. It grounds them and let them know EXACTLY what is right and EXACTLY what is wrong.
With God’s word there is no gray area.
Let’s start with three very good verses about lying:
Proverbs 12:22: “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.”
Exodus 20:16: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are all members of one another.”
Tips for memorizing verses with your children:
- Recite: We do memory work during breakfast, with devotions. Children’s minds are fresh early in the morning, and I find they are most receptive to learning at this time, too.
- Write: Create copywork for your children. Writing God’s word each day will help cement it for your children. I use Worksheet Works to create free copywork pages for my children.
- Display: Write the verse on a cute chalkboard in your kitchen so everyone can see the verse of the week. Print out the verse and tape it to the mirrors in your bathroom. Tape a copy of the verse to your refrigerator.
- Reward: Offer your children a small treat for memorization. Take them out for ice cream, give them a dollar for at the dollar store, or do something special they have been requesting.
Of course, our children will still lie, won’t they?
We are all sinful human beings, but hopefully, with modeling, instruction, and hiding scripture in our hearts, we will always strive to be more honest, as will our children.
What have you found effective in teaching your children about honesty?
Mary is a former public school music educator and piano teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is now a homeschooling mom of two who seeks to learn and share about all things education! Her days are filled with music lessons, baseball practice, church work, and the blessing of time with her precious children. She blogs at Homegrown Learners and is a member of the iHomeschool Network.