GOAL SLOGAN: I AM BRAVE WHEN I TELL THE TRUTH
SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
The questions below are designed to help you think about how you can help from home with the skills development programme your child is taking part in.
- Do you accept your mistakes with courage? Are you able to accept the truth, avoid justifying your actions and asking for forgiveness, where appropriate?
- Are you respectful with respect to the reputation of others? Do you allow a child to criticise, denigrate or cast doubt on the reputation of another person?
- What reasons do you give your children to tell the truth at all times? How do you value the fact that they acknowledge being responsible for a situation?
HOW CAN WE HELP?
The suggestions below show when personal parental involvement is necessary. The aim of the subjects proposed is to demonstrate where you might be able to support your child and help him to work on developing this month’s skill.
- If you suspect that your child has not been honest with you, at this age it is a good idea to make him see that lying is worse than what he sought to hide.
- We must always celebrate and appreciate the courage it takes to be honest and express the positive feelings we feel when a child decides to be honest. Instead of punishment, try to ensure that the bad deed is redressed or that the child experiences the consequences of his actions.
- Help him to grow in terms of being responsible, showing him to recognise the errors made, so that he can then ask forgiveness from God and from others.
- If you let a lie go uncorrected, your child will see that he has fooled you, and will lie again and again. The truth always needs to come out to ensure the correct development of a child’s moral conscience.