Parenting Tips - Help Kids Choose Honesty and Overcome Guilt

 

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Kids Respect and Trust Truthful Parents
 

LYING HURTS YOUR CHILD'S REPUTATION AND BREEDS DISTRUST.  If you're the parent of an elementary-age student, who has trouble telling the truth, can you remember a time when you told a falsehood? If it had bad consequences, can you remember your feelings? Were you plagued with guilt? Were you afraid to confess for fear of punishment? 

Lies can cause your child mental pain too. Today's article shares 7 fearful consequences from lying, 7 positive effects for being truthful, 6 honest strategies, 5 moral dilemmas for your child to solve, and 10 self-talk statements from which to choose. 

 HONESTY BEGINS AT HOME!

Children look up to parents with eager eyes and ears. They see and hear everything.  When parent's aren't truthful, kids learn about lying. When parents are truthful, kids trust and respect them. Use the tips in this article to model truthfulness and help your child.

3 Suggestions to Tell Your Child When He Is Ready to Admit His Mistakes:

1. "Avoid over-thinking about the action you are about to take. It might stop you from telling the truth." 
2. "Take 5 deep breaths right before admitting your lie. It will help you relax."
3. "Repeat a simple slogan like, “My truth is like gold when my honesty's bold,” because it could give you the courage you need."

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You CAN Help Him Choose Honesty and
Overcome Guilt

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The Honest Child - 35 Parenting Tips Teach Truthfulness

 

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Empathy Training for Kids - 8 Simple Parenting Discussions

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Kids Understand Feelings When Parents Help


THIS PARENTING GIFT HELPS CHILDREN EXPERIENCE EMPATHY. It includes 8 discussion questions for building character through friendly chats.

Consider discussing a new question once each week because it will give your child time to reflect and practice caring skills. Dinners, car rides, and bedtimes are perfect for these discussions. Use words like:

1. Would you explain a little more? 

2. I like how you think.

3. How did you come to think that way?

4. Do you have any examples?

5. How do your thoughts match your actions? 

Don’t lecture your child on what to think. Rather, find out what he thinks and why. Accept his ideas without arguing. You can add your thoughts later by also answering the questions in today's gift.

Remember, if you force your ideas, your child may get stubborn and rebel against them.

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Friendly Chats Help Kids Care about Others

 

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Insert the code word EMPATHY at KidsDiscuss.com and start building character today. 

Imagine your feelings when your child cares about others and treats them with respect. You'll know you're parenting well and that your discussions are powerful.

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19 Powerful Brain Mottoes Parents Can Teach Children

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PARENTING GIFT: SMART SELF-TALK FOR KIDS

POSITIVE SLOGANS ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO DO THEIR BEST AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL. Imagine a way to promote brain power in your kids. Jingles, slogans, and mottoes do just that. They become well-traveled paths in your child's brain when repeated over and over.

Slogans can pop into your child's mind when they're least expected and when they're needed the most. A good slogan can inspire your child to keep trying. It can help expand his intelligence too.

In this parenting gift you will find 19 jingles for your child to choose from. Here are 3 examples:

  • Like a strong muscle, my brain likes to hustle.
  • Son of a gun, problems are fun.
  • I'm the guy who likes to try.
     

Can you see how these slogans, when repeated often, could motivate your child to do her best? Children with great attitudes can become great people who accomplish good things. Why not give your kids the gift of mottoes that encourage their positive mindsets?

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"I'M THE GAL WHO MAKES THINKING MY PAL!"

One more thing, encourage your kids to repeat them out loud, post them where they will see them, or create a bookmark with their favorite slogan.

Click on Parenting Gift Poem and insert the word SLOGAN. Then download the Brain Power Poem with 19 slogans.

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Family Character: Simple Activity Strengthens Relationships

 

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CREATE A SOLID FAMILY FOUNDATION

When children feel like they belong to a loving family team, they experience inner security and confidence. Today's parenting gift shares an easy bonding activity. It helps family members develop a strong foundation with solid roots.

You'll be asking your family, "What do you want our family to be like?" To get the family discussion going you'll find 12 suggestions. Everyone should get a chance to share their ideas.

When you have a list of ideas, take a family vote and pick the top 6 suggestions. Choose someone to print them out and post them on the fridge or put them in a picture frame with a family photo as a reminder.

Challenge the family members to notice these qualities in each other as they occur.

Feel free to download this parenting gift to use whenever it is needed.

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Gift: 10 Signs of Sarcasm Loving Parents Must Stop!

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Does Your Sassy Child Disturb You?

A SASSY CHILD CAN GAIN POWER OVER HIS PARENTS. Such power, if it becomes a habit, will hurt him now and in the future. His tone, words, and body language signal to others he's self-centered, angry, and in control.

No parent enjoys hearing her beloved child bellow out, "Do it yourself!" or roll his eyes when she asks for help.

Has your child sassed you with "Duh!" as if you were stupid. If your youngster smirks or tells you to "Get a life," it can hurt. This sassy behavior can be changed.

Today, you’ll receive a parenting gift with 5 common sarcastic things kids say and 5 examples of rude behavior. If your child is treating you with disrespect, keep these lists in your 3-hole notebook to refer to when you need them.

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Sassy Behavior Video: Stop Kid's Sarcasm with 10 Parenting Tips

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Rude Behavior - Don't Accept It!

 

Many children use sassy behavior to get their way. If your child is rude to you and you want to stop it, watch our brief video, Sarcastic Behavior: 10 Positive Parenting Tips. Here’s one of the solutions:

Parenting Tip # 8

Tell your child exactly what to do to replace the sass.

“Repeat what you said but say it with respect.”

 For instance, she could answer:

  1. “I’m sorry for saying, ‘Do it yourself.’ I’ll set the table right now.”
  2. “I'm sorry I rolled my eyes when you told me to do my homework. Next time I’ll ask, ‘May I do my homework after dinner?’”
  3. “I shouldn’t have said, ‘Give me a break,’ when you asked me to carry in the groceries. I’ll get them now.”

Accept your youngster’s apology if you feel it is sincere. Otherwise, let her know that it still sounded rude and to try again.

If your child is younger, role-play the sass and then the better behavior. If she likes to draw, have her draw the sarcastic behavior and then the respectful conduct.

When she uses polite manners, be sure to compliment her. This may increase her politeness and decrease her disrespect.

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Parenting Gift - Self-Pity Poem to Improve Positivity in Kids

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 Poem for Kids - 'Self-Pity Isn't Pretty'

Do you have an over-sensitive child? Does she feel sorry for herself way too often? How can you help her get off the 'pity potty?'

Let her know when bad things happen some self-pity is okay. It's the habit of holding on to 'poor me' thinking and recycling the thoughts over and over that will weaken her spirit and bring her down.

Tell her "Being upset is normal. Try not to repeat the thoughts that hurt you." You might add,

"Miserable thoughts may soothe you at the time but will harm you when you make them a habit. They are like “10,000 nasty trolls.” They can follow you into adult life and make you a very unpleasant person on both the inside and outside.”

Our parenting present today is my poem, 'Self-Pity Isn't Pretty.' It includes the problem and solutions. Ask your child to draw, memorize, or clip out and post it in a place where it will remind her to:

“…Choose to rise above self-pity,

With a “CAN DO” mind that’s pretty.”

 

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Gift ~ How to Help Your Child Think Optimistically

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You Can Help Your Child Become a Happy Thinker!

HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP A POSITIVE SPIRIT is the greatest present you can give. When children make a habit of daydreaming about sad, angry, or anxious thoughts, they become weaker physically and emotionally.

Method for Experiencing the Difference between Positive and Negative Thinking

Ask your son or daughter to extend their arms from their sides outward (like airplane wings). Then ask them to think of a happy time while you press down with some firmness (not too much) on their arms. Next ask them to extend their arms again and tell them to think about a painful event in their lives. Press down again.

What happened? Were your kids stronger with the happier thoughts? Most people are.

Use this strategy to ask him what he learned. Then explain the power of positive thinking.

Today’s Happy Thinker Gift

Today’s present includes a special exercise for bringing your child’s mind back from negative daydreams to the present and then focusing on something positive. It's a simple 5-step process. Go through the steps with him as often as he needs. Each time you do, you will be taking advantage of your parenting privilege - guiding him toward better thoughts and feelings. You'll feel great about it too.

Be sure and download this gift. Add it to your binder to use whenever you need it.

Pick up your gift by inserting code word THINKER  at: Subscriber Gifts  or http://kidsdiscuss.com/subscriber-gifts.asp

Hopefully, he’ll make this easy 5-step process a habit and become a "Happy Thinker" all because you showed him how.

 

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Moral Stories: Teaching Kids Values the Fun Way

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Teaching Good Morals and Values Is Fun!

STORIES WITH MORALS AND VALUES SHOULD COME FROM REAL LIFE.

Years ago when I taught 3rd grade, a girl I’ll call Thelma took her classmates’ school supplies, candy, and toys and hid them in her desk. Child after child came to me saying, “Someone stole my…” I thought they just misplaced their things until the classroom candy can was emptied almost as soon as I filled it. Candy was a great motivator for good behavior and for hard work in those days.

One day items began tumbling out of Thelma’s desk. Nearby kids shouted, “There’s my..."

Thelma's situation became one of the stories in my e-book, Character Building on Back Talk Street and in the short video below.

First, watch the video.

Second, go to my article, How Parents the Kids Discuss Morals and Values, with its step-by-step details showing how to use the 5 Goal Questions.

 

 

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15 discussion stories

The 5 goal questions for each story

 Letters with problems and answers

 Activities between parents and children

 Puzzles, mazes, and word finds

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6 Parenting Tips: Building Respect between Parent and Child + Video

 

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You Can Build Respect between You and Your Child!

DISRESPECT AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES go together like hand and glove. If you've ever heard a child yell at a parent, "I hate you!" or a teen sass his mom and call her the "B" word, you know it hurts. You also know there's something in the family that needs fixing.

Parents with disrespectful kids need to ask themselves, 'What can I do to turn my children from disrespect to respect?"

Today, I'll share a parenting skills article with:

1. 5 disrespectful behaviors to change

2. 7 easy ways to build respect in your children 

3. A brief YouTube video about turning disrespect into respect.

If your children are sassing and treating you poorly, there are things you can do.

First, Check your own behavior and look at what you can change.

Second, you need to decide what you will change.

Third, you need to make the change.

Changing Difficult Behaviors Can Include:

  • Modeling what you want more of
  • Becoming firmer
  • Avoiding harsh words and deeds
  • Choosing kindness
  • Being consistent

Begin by watching the video,

"How Parents and Kids Respect Each Other."

Next, you'll be directed to the full article,

"Conflicted Families: Turning Disrespect into Respect"

 

 

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  • 5 Disrecpectful Behaviors
  • 5 Healthy Character Traits
  • 7 Ways to Build Respect

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