Earlier this month, I read about Heather at Women in the Scriptures' new "Mom's Missionary Training Center" that she is doing with her kids this year. I read her post about Teaching Kids Honesty that she so generously shared, and I decided to hop on board. She basically is taking nine attributes of Christ's character as outlined in chapter six of Preach My Gospel and teaching them month by month to her children so that they can better emulate the Savior as they form their character.
I grabbed a bunch of her suggested books from the library and have them around the house for the kids to read or for us to read together and casually discuss. We just finished reading Shiloh by Phyllis Richards Naylor, which Guy loved. What a tender and wise story. It really treats the subject of honesty on a mature level that allows kids to explore the implications of being honest (or dishonest) on a life, a family, a community, or a society. What an excellent read with a lot of heart.
It has struck me over the last 24 hours how much the world suffers now because of a lack of honesty and integrity. From famed athletes falling from grace for lying or being deceived, to loan officers and business people doing less than their best or outright stealing, to "yellow journalism" or just plain lazy reporting, to the ridiculous scam email I received this week from "Jess" in Manila claiming that she was in a pickle and needed me to rush her $1,980 to get her out of it!
This world needs a generation of children who know how to tell the truth and how to be true...at all times. I can see that as the years pass this will only get harder and more unpopular. And more complicated. And perhaps that is why it's such a wise thing to start with teaching our children this now. Honesty is the first virtue...the one that leads to all others. Let's instill this in our kids now...any way we can!
Since we are in the middle of a move, I don't really have time to plan out all the fun lessons that I like to do normally with my kids...that's why I am so grateful to Heather for putting together and sharing this lesson plan which is really RICH with resources and easy to tailor to the way you'd like to teach this in your home. So please go check out her Mommy's MTC. It's a very valuable thing to invest time in...I promise you! :)