Let’s tell our children the truth

Posted by Samantha on August 24, 2011 in Empathy, Feelings, Love, Telling the truth |

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it…always

Mahatma Gandhi, ideological leader of the Indian independence movement (1869 – 1948)

When it comes to raising children it’s hard to go too far wrong with truth and love.

It sounds so simple and yet it’s not always easy.  Too often we fall back on truth without love.  Or we go for love without truth, which is hardly love at all.

If your child is dealing with disappointment, try handling it with truth and love.  There’s a lovely scene in the movie Little Miss Sunshine where a teenage Dwayne has his hopes of becoming a jet pilot shattered when he discovers he’s colour blind.  His parents and grandfather stand helpless while his little sister Olive goes to him and silently puts her arm around him and leans her head on his shoulder.  That’s truth and love.

When a child is struggling with homework and feelings of inadequacy, truth and love will work wonders.  Homework can be hard.  Remember what it was like.  What do you wish your parents had done for you when you struggled with school work?  Then go do it for your child today.

Has your child hurt someone else?  How do you really feel if you get past the anger?  Are you upset and worried rather than angry?  Tell them.  Then if you can imagine that they’re hurting too because of what they’ve done, give them a hug.  Could the truth be that you’ve hurt someone sometime and then regretted it?  If you tell that to your child, that’s truth and love.

When your child wants something they can’t have, try truth and love.

When they’re tired and want you to stay with them at bedtime, truth and love will work.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and would like your child’s help, truth and love might just get you the help you so desire.

For your child’s anger, try truth and love.

For their jealousy, speak the truth with love.

For their confusion, go with truth and love.

When they’re sad, trust the truth and love.

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.”

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