Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: Honesty

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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.   Thomas Jefferson (1762-1826) 3rd President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Yesterday was President’s Day.  We honored two of our outstanding presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  One of the most famous stories connected with George Washington is the one about the cherry tree.

Honesty is the best policy.  If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.  William Shakespeare, English playwright.

When asked by his father what happened, young George supposedly replied, “Father, I cannot tell a lie.  It was I who chopped down the cherry tree.”  Although researchers are pretty sure that the story of a young George Washington cutting down a cherry tree in his father’s orchard is false, the message behind it remains true, even today.

  One of the hardest things in the world is to admit you are wrong.  And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.  – Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British Prime Minister.

For me, however, it is really important to look at honesty as it relates to young children. 

We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.  – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright.

As parents, we want our children to be honest.  We want them to come to us with their problems and concerns.  If we ask them what happened or how they are feeling, we believe they should honestly communicate with us.

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling in the world is done by children.  – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

I think children start out being entirely honest…they don’t know about evasiveness and lying.  When does it start?  How do they learn?  Why do they lose that innocent openness they are born with?

We tell lies when we are afraid…afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.  – Tad Williams

We need to be good role models for our children when it comes to honesty.  Equally important, we must encourage our children to come to us by being non-judgmental.

 Does this mean we can allow our children to do as they please?  NO, I don’t think we can!

Should we refrain from disciplining our children when they have misbehaved or acted inappropriately?  NO, I don’t believe we should!

1.     Children need rules…parents, please be consistent.

2.     Children need to have consequences for their actions…parents, please be consistent.

3.     Children need to learn responsibility…parents, please be consistent.

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5 thoughts on “Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: Honesty

  1. What a wonderful follow-up in a world full of sham artists and their ilk. Okay enough of that… but you raise great points, children need rules, parents also need rules. Without that discipline, we all suffer.
    I love that picture of the mom and her baby; is it you? I’ve been meaning to ask the question… 🙂
    Cheers,
    Elizabeth

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    • Thanks, Eliz,
      Rules help keep us on a steady course, in the often choppy ocean of life. 🙂
      And the lovely lady and baby are my sweet wonderful daughter and her little son (who was 2 years old in October!). She is a joy to all who know her…loving, responsible, competent and confident…kind of the poster child for my book, I guess. 🙂

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    • As soon as I saw the picture at the top, I remembered being here before.

      Good post.

      Have you ever seen the Bill Cosby routine about the kid stealing the cookies? He gets sneakier and sneakier about taking the cookies.

      When caught by his father, he holds out the cookie d says, “I got it for you.” 😉

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