The best way to practice honesty in children is to model that honesty starting with the parents themselves. Do not ever expect your child to have an honest attitude if at any time parents always present dishonesty to their children. Another way that can be done to teach honesty or honesty to children is not to overreact when the child lies to you. React appropriately and help children to find the courage to tell the truth. Children know that lies have disappointed you, but if the reaction you give is too much, then this will tend to make children afraid to speak the truth.
Well, besides the two points mentioned below, there are also some other tips that can be done to teach honesty to children from an early age.
1. Apply In Everyday Life
Explanation of theories or stories about honesty alone is not enough to foster an attitude of honesty in children, this should also be practiced in everyday life. Because children will need something that is real in their view, so that the theory of honesty will no longer appear abstract to them. For that, start applying honest attitudes and behaviors in everyday life, such as applying them in words or sentences in everyday life. Of course, what is said must be consistent with what is done. Because, sometimes it is this sentence that is difficult to hold. Well, this is where as parents we need to learn a lot in this matter.
2. Give Knowledge and Faith That God is All Seeing
Introduce children to the belief that wherever they are whenever they lie even though without the other people knowing, there is still a All-Seeing God who will always record every bad behavior they do. So, then how can parents know that their children continue to behave honestly or not even though they are outside the house? Believe me, mother, when we entrust our children to the Owner of Life when the children are far from our reach, then what she does is beyond our principles will surely show us. For example, when children hide something in their bag, it is as if suddenly we feel like checking their bag and discover what they are hiding from us.
3. Give Insight That ‘Being Honest Is Good’
There is a series of honesty that will feel good, but the pleasure is not directly enjoyed by us. This is very important to be taught to children from an early age. Teach children to always put honesty behavior first because honesty will lead them to a calm and peaceful life without being haunted by guilt.
These are some tips for teaching honesty to children from an early age. Children who are equipped with honest behavior and attitudes will give birth to the next generation of the nation who always brings good values to the people around them.