Encouraging Children to be Honest

Teaching children about honesty happens best in small conversations throughout childhood. When children are three and four this is defining, “honesty means telling the truth, it means telling what really happened.” As they are older, include the importance of honesty in relationships, “being honest means we can trust each other.” There are many ways to encourage … Continue reading Encouraging Children to be Honest

Our Answer to the Santa Question

Every year, around this time, I get asked how to balance the fun of Christmas and being honest with your children about Santa. In our house, we’ve struck a balance by avoiding a direct answer. When eight-year-old Alicen started asking if Santa was real, we answered something along the lines of, “he’s real in the hearts of the people who believe in him.” or, “santa … Continue reading Our Answer to the Santa Question