ith every statement we put forth, we make a choice between being honest or dishonest. The famous quote from Sir Walter Scott’s poem Marmion eloquently describes the complications of dishonesty by saying, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!”.
The ramifications of dishonesty are diverse, from hindering our personal relationships to making life very difficult for ourselves through the upkeep of lies. When presented with the choice between honesty and dishonesty, it is important that your child understands the problems associated with even the simplest of lies. A good story to read with your child to reinforce this point is the timeless and well known Aesop fable, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’. The moral to this story is that the more you lie, the less people will believe you.
Being honest makes people, more often than not, respect you more, as long as you are kind in doing so. There is a level of tact that comes with honesty – the right way to say something verses the wrong way.
This can be seen in the Kids Who Know Honesty video found in this module. Flash decided to get a wacky haircut that was completely out of style for him and his friends, Zack, Zi and Zanzi can be seen telling Flash kindly and honestly about the error they feel he has made.
• Honesty means being truthful.
• Being honest is always the better choice.
• You can be honest and kind at the same time.
• Other people will appreciate your honesty – No one likes to be lied to.
• If you are honest with others, then others will tend to be honest with you.
QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION
• Do you like other people to be honest with you?
• Do you think others will prefer you to be honest with them?
• Can you think about a time when you were honest?
OUR HONESTY MANTRA
honesty is the best policy!”
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
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