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Parents tell their kids to be always honest and truthful, but then punish them when they hear truths they don't like. Realize that it was very difficult for the child to tell you a truth that they knew you would not like. Praise them for being honest, and then truly evaluate what has happened. See if the situation is something you and your child can work through together, to help teach your child that honesty is the best policy.
Above all, set a good example yourself. If you are wrong about something, admit it. Be truthful and open in your dealings with your own family, even when it is not easy. Your children will appreciate the guidance.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|