As parents, most of us have the desire to see our kids grow into honest individuals. This gives rise to the question as to what exactly a parent can do, to cultivate honesty in his or her kids. And that is the question we will be attempting to answer in today’s blog post. As you may recall, in the last blog post, we focused on how to train employees, so that they can be more honest in their dealings with customers or clients. In today’s blog post, we take another perspective, as we try to figure out how kids can be trained so that they can grow into more honest individuals.
The most important thing you need to do, when trying to cultivate honesty in kids is to ensure that you act as an example. This is to say that if you want your kids to grow into honest individuals, you need to be honest yourself. You need to show the kids how to be honest through your actions. Let’s assume, for instance, you work for a company like Publix, and you don’t feel like going to work on a given day. In that case, you may be tempted to go to the Publix employee portal at www.publix.org with a view to get an undeserved day off work. The idea would be to proceed to the publix employee login page, with the objective of logging in and lying to your employer, in order to get a day off. But this is not the way to act, if you are trying to cultivate honesty in your kids. If your kids see you engaging in such acts, you shouldn’t expect them to turn out to be honest: however much you preach to them about the virtues of honesty.
What we are saying, in a nutshell, is that you need to be a role-model to your kids, especially if you are trying to cultivate virtues like honesty in the kids.