With honesty coming in second on the list of our 8 Core Values, Eagle Ranch Academy teaches (re-teaches) our students these as the building blocks of making better choices. We consider these 8 Core Values to be the “Content of One’s Character.”
Core Value – Honesty
I will be honest with all of my relationships and in all that I do.
Honesty is one of the simplest concepts, but it might be one of the most difficult to teach.
Iit is simple in concept because it is either right or wrong, on the other hand it is difficult to teach because we live in such a powerful world of lies. I hate to be negative, but look around you. Listen to the things our political leaders and other adults say.
We must teach our kids – It is not okay to lie, cheat or steal; it is not okay if you don’t get caught. We must also teach them that we all make mistakes, but to make sure they’re honest mistakes.
• Lie, cheat or steal.
• Be sneaky, tricky or deceptive.
• Know the difference between right and wrong; and always to try to do what is right.
• Be sincere and respectful of others feelings.
• Play fair because even if others don’t, it places greater value on achievement with honor.
We will conclude with a definition and our “Tips & Reminders” for today.
Merriam-Webster says, “fairness and straightforwardness on conduct; adherence to the facts. Sincerity. Uprightness. Refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way”.
“Positive Parenting Tips & Reminders:” Be the example. Encourage your child to tell the truth and share their thoughts with you. Open communication is one of the greatest tools we have.
When a mistake in honesty is made, don’t overreact or under-react, but do seize the opportunity to teach.
You are the Expert on Your Child
Are you perfect? No. Do you make mistakes? Yes. Can you learn something today that will help you be a more effective parent? Absolutely!
Hold them close, but don’t smother them. Love them, but don’t enable them. And, keep it simple with the basic, but sound rules that you enforce consistently. Take care, and use “Positive Parenting!”