A core value we hope to impart to our children is to not lie; no matter the circumstance, honesty is key to being successful. Right after family, honesty is one of the first values we emphasize to our little ones.
Unfortunately, in this 21st century age of internet, it is easier than ever for people to confidently lie with little repercussion to themselves personally. Users can lie, cheat, steal, etc. anonymously or under the guise of a character, without others knowing their name. The internet has become an integral tool for introverts in particular to communicate and in some cases live life. But it isn’t the only outlet for this expression and it definitely isn’t the healthiest.
Luckily it doesn’t sit entirely on the shoulders of parents to create another generation of honest individuals.
“One need not look further than a public speaking classroom or a visual art studio to see a place for children to confidently be their most authentic selves.”
In public speaking students learn and build upon skills to formulate and communicate ideas. Even the quietest of children can develop and support their own arguments. Teaching students to search for the facts provides a platform for them to not only tell the truth, but to have the truth supported by reputable sources. Visual art is another tool that can help visual communicators accomplish the same goals. When it is difficult to speak about emotions or how events have impacted us, an art class allows a child to represent themselves and formulate their message.
And for children who still love make believe, there is always performing arts. Acting can be a great way to play out scenarios and emotions in a structured environment. Definitely a safer environment than the internet.
Remember to use support where you can to help your children develop into the upstanding individuals we and you hope for them to be.