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Story: “The Empty Pot” by Demi

The Empty Pot” by Demi is the story of an Emperor in China who needed to select a successor to his throne.  Since he loved flowers, he decided to call the children in the kingdom together and give each a seed.  After one year the children were to return with their plant and the new Emperor would be chosen.  The child Ping tries many methods to grow his seed but nothing happens.

Sometimes, it takes courage to be honest.  Will Ping show up to the Emperor with an empty pot?  What will happen to him?  Watch and see. =)

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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Honesty

 

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Why Do Children Fib?

Authors Po Bronson and Ayelet Waldman discuss the intricacies of childhood lying. Bronson offers the developmental cycle of lying in young children, while Waldman illustrates with a humorous story.

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty

 

Story: Strega Nona

Strega Nona is an original children’s book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola about an elderly lady who helps her fellow villagers out with their troubles.  In this story, Strega Nona entrusted her chores and her house to Big Anthony.  Watch what happens when Big Anthony breaks his promise to Strega Nona.

What act of dishonesty did Big Anthony commit?  What was the consequence of this?  What do you think of this story? Post your answers on the comment box below.  =)

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty

 

Importance of Parents Being Honest with their Children

by Rivs Aikman

 

Honesty is regarded as a paramount quality – we celebrate it in our previous leaders and claim to want it in our current leaders, we claim lawyers don’t have it, and we claim to seek it in our lovers, friends, coworkers, and family. With that in mind, it is important for parents to be honest with their children in order to create children who are honest in turn, foster trust between parents and children, and avoid wasting time being dishonest.

The first reason that parents should be honest with their children is because it sets a good example for children to follow.  Parents who are honest with the people in their life, regardless of whether or not they like the people in question, show their children that everyone deserves an honest answer.  The caveat to this, though, is that parents also need to teach their children the difference among tactful honesty, blunt honesty, and sharing too much information in the interest of being honest.  Parents are in the best position to teach their children what kind of honesty is appropriate in various situations at home, school, or other public or private environments.

The second reason that parents should be honest with their children is because it creates an environment of trust between parents and children. Honesty reassures children that their parents will provide them with the truth about a situation when they ask their parents about it, rather than just creating a convenient answer that might embarrass a child when the truth comes out in the future.  Knowing that their parents will be honest with them gives a child a sense of security he or she might not otherwise have, whereas being dishonest with them will create an insecure environment.  While it is good for children to question what they are told and seek answers for themselves, parents shouldn’t foster an environment where children are forced to accept dishonesty as the norm.  Being honest with one’s children gives them the security of knowing that they can come to their parents with any question or concern and expect a reliable, verifiable answer.

The third reason that parents should be honest with their children is because being dishonest with children is a waste of time and energy that could be better spent doing other, more productive things with their children.  Keeping track of what one has told one’s children can be daunting, especially if one has quite often made misleading or evasive statements to one’s children.

Children’s lives are enriched by having parents who are honest with them. Honesty saves a great deal of time and energy, and it fosters an environment of trust and genuine intimacy between parents and children.  Children learn by example to be honest, so to create honest children, one should be honest with children while teaching them about tact, compassion, and trust.

Source: “Importance of Parents Being Honest with Their Childen” Rivs Aikman, http://www.helium.com/items/1897692-honesty-and-parenting

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty

 

Video: “Classroom” by The Foundation for a Better Life

Doing the right things isn’t always easy….but the trust you earn from people makes it worth it. 🙂

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty

 

Guidance Topic of the Week: HONESTY

Our topic for Guidance period this week is HONESTY.  I will be posting articles and videos regarding this topic. Feel free to write comments, ask questions, and even share links to other articles relevant to this topic.  Thanks!  =)

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Honesty