"I'm sure you want your children to be honest-not to cheat, lie, sneak, cover up or steal. But what's the best strategy to teach them to be truthful?
Here's the mistake they make. They confront their kids accusingly with anger or threats. But if you're harsh and punitive, they're afraid to tell you the truth. If you make it safe for them, they will be honest. So be firm on honesty and gentle on your kids.
Here's an example of what I mean. Let's say you've discovered that your nine-year-old child shoplifted some candy at the grocery store. Let me give you two scenarios..."