Raising Kids With Character: 10 Traits to Build On

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Telling the truth is one way to show people that you care. This includes owning up to your mistakes and admitting the truth when you may not want to. Demonstrate honesty for your child by practicing it yourself, but also teach your child that honesty should be practiced with kindness. Discuss situations when it's better to avoid saying something mean, even if your child thinks it's the truth. If Uncle Jim's put on a few pounds, talk about how kindness trumps honesty in this scenario—it might hurt his feelings to tell him he's gained weight.