“This month we turn to a timely topic. Integrity-we all want our kids to have it, but how do we teach living a life ‘consistent with the values, beliefs and moral principles we claim to hold?’  Easier said than done!  Read on to hear about Mary O’Donohue’s ‘parent epiphany,’ which I found refreshingly honest.”

Cezanne Allen, M.D.


Teaching Children to Have Integrity

By Mary O’Donohue

Ever have a parenting epiphany? A moment when something just makes you think, “Whoa, wait a minute. I’ve been doing this all wrong! I need to change direction.”

That happened to me a few years ago when my daughter Grace was five. I caught her trying to steal a candy bar at the checkout counter of a local store. When I told her to put it back, she looked at me as if to say, “There’s nothing to see here. I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Even as her 10 year-old brother chided, “You’re gonna get in trouble,” Grace just pretended nothing had happened.