Honesty Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Have you ever been tempted to tell a lie? In this lesson, discover why it's important to be honest, ways to make sure you tell the truth to family and friends, and how you can avoid hurting someone's feelings when telling the truth might be hard to do.

Let's Be Honest

Imagine that you broke your mom's favorite music box because you were playing soccer in the house. When she comes home, she asks for an explanation. What are your choices in this situation? You could tell her that you have no idea how it happened, or you could be honest and tell exactly how the music box was broken.

Many times in life, you may be faced with the choice of telling the truth or telling a lie. Sometimes those lies might be extremely tempting! You might want to lie so you won't get in trouble or, in some cases, to avoid hurting other people's feelings. No matter what the situation, being honest and telling the truth is typically the best choice.

Can you think of some times when you have been faced with the choice of lying or telling the truth?

Why is Honesty Important?

Why is it so important to tell the truth? Well, in general, you want to be known as someone who is trustworthy. A person who is trustworthy can be counted on to tell the truth. If you look at the two words that make up the compound word of trustworthy, it makes sense: Telling the truth makes you worthy of someone's trust. You want your friends and family to be able to count on you at all times.

If you lie often, people will begin to question the things you say and may not believe you. In fact, they may think you are lying all the time, even when you are actually telling the truth.

Friends have fun together when they know they can trust each other to tell the truth.

What About Exaggerations?

Telling your mom you didn't break her music box when you did is a definite lie. This is a pretty clear case. Sometimes, you may be faced with situations where you might want to tell the truth but exaggerate it. This means that you talk about an event that did happen, but change or add details that didn't happen.

Here's an example of an exaggeration. You played a big basketball game on Saturday, and at school your friends want to know how you played. In reality, you scored six points, but you want to impress your friends so you tell them you scored sixteen. You've taken the truth and changed the details, which is being dishonest.

Be honest with your friends and do not exaggerate details of the big game.

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