As a parent I want to raise my daughter’s to not only tell the truth but I want them to value integrity also. I want them to be people of integrity.
To be a person of integrity means to be someone who is completely honest, trustworthy, reliable and dependable, whether others are watching or not.
Unfortunately today’s culture does not value integrity. Our culture teaches that it’s okay to do whatever we want as long as no one gets hurt and we don’t get caught.
We are living in a day when success has become more important than honesty. You don’t have to read too many newspapers or watch the news for very long to see examples of this in our world.
So how do we inspire our children to live with integrity in a culture that winks at dishonesty and elevates success?
4 ways to teach our kids to value integrity
1. Grow in integrity.
As parents, we need to ask ourselves: “Do we value integrity more than success?” Because if we value integrity, we will be modeling it in our lives.
We have to be vigilant in this because of our culture’s warped values. The desire for success can subtly influence our decisions and ultimately erode our character if we are not careful.
2. Initiate conversations.
Talk in the car. Talk at the dinner table. Just talk together. Discuss character traits with your child. Be honest about ways you may struggle. Discuss what God’s Word has to say about integrity.
3. Be alert.
Be aware of what is happening in your child’s life. Spend time in their school. Meet their friends. Know what they are watching on TV or reading and talk about how these things are influencing them.
4. Pray for your child.
Sometimes it is through failure that real growth begins.
We are going to fail and so are our kids. It helps to remember that our children are not looking for perfect parents – they’re looking for honest parents.
Honesty brings credibility to our character and reflects our commitment to model integrity. And that’s true success.
How are you teaching your children integrity?