Raising Trustworthy Kids

Raising Trustworthy Kids

“We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.” Tad William Choosing Honesty: Tips for Raising Trustworthy Kids By Deborah Farmer Kris Recently, I heard toddler screams emanating from the living room. When I went to check on my kids, I found a distraught two-year-old and a four-year-old who seemed to be holding something behind her back. Naturally, this prompted to a few questions: Me: Do you know why your brother is mad? Daughter: Oh yes! He wants his toy car. Me: Do you know where it is? Daughter: Maybe somebody took it and hid it! Me: Hm, can you tell me who took it? Daughter: I don’t know! [Long, long pause] Daughter: I think maybe it was me. If your child has ever lied to you, take heart: it turns out that most kids have a strong tendency to lie when they transgress rules or expectations. Read Entire Article...

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Teaching Kids Integrity

Teaching Kids Integrity

“This month we turn to a timely topic. Integrity-we all want our kids to have it, but how do we teach living a life ‘consistent with the values, beliefs and moral principles we claim to hold?’  Easier said than done!  Read on to hear about Mary O’Donohue’s ‘parent epiphany,’ which I found refreshingly honest.” Cezanne Allen, M.D.   Teaching Children to Have Integrity By Mary O’Donohue Ever have a parenting epiphany? A moment when something just makes you think, “Whoa, wait a minute. I’ve been doing this all wrong! I need to change direction.” That happened to me a few years ago when my daughter Grace was five. I caught her trying to steal a candy bar at the checkout counter of a local store. When I told her to put it back, she looked at me as if to say, “There’s nothing to see here. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Even as her 10 year-old brother chided, “You’re gonna get in trouble,” Grace just pretended nothing had happened. READ ENTIRE...

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The Power of Family Movie Night

The Power of Family Movie Night

“What better way to spend a weekend evening than to curl up with my kids on the couch with a good movie and popcorn?  I don’t often think of using movies to help inspire important family conversations. Read Marilyn Price-Mitchell’s tips for using movies to foster the internal strengths that help kids thrive.” Marina Cofer-Wildsmith, Executive Director, Bainbridge Youth Services Family Movies That Will Inspire Teens and Their Parents by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD Family movies rock! And for many reasons! In today’s busy world, watching movies gives families time to slow down, be entertained, and be together. But family movies have the potential to do so much more. They can quite literally shape children’s lives. One way for teens to learn about and act on the core abilities of The Compass Advantage is to first identify the compass abilities in others. How can teens do this with their family? READ ENTIRE ARTICLE Note: Have younger kids? Search here for films appropriate for kids of all ages on Common Sense Media.com....

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Integrity Matters

Integrity Matters

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Browne, Jr. Integrity: How Families Teach and Live Their Values By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD We live in an age where integrity often takes a back seat to power and material success ­— where “the end justifies the means” is a mantra for too many adults who influence children. Nowhere has this mantra played out more publicly than in U.S. politics, where deceit, dishonesty, and relentless bullying from all sides shows children the flip side of integrity. Whether responding to a stranger’s Facebook post about a social issue or a friend’s unkind comment READ ENTIRE ARTICLE...

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