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Each month, we focus on one piece of what makes a powerful umbrella of well-being skills. In April, we spent time on what intrinsically motivates our children and this month we are focusing our attention on Integrity. Integrity is the skill that helps our children match their actions to the positive values they hold.
What will Integrity do for my child?
Learning to match our actions with our words can be difficult for children and adults alike. It requires many small decisions every day that help us live with honestly, respect and responsibility. For example, lying to get out of trouble is one situation that comes up regularly when we think about these day to day choices that children make.
What is Integrity?
Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match those values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’. When we say one thing and do another, it can make us feel like we always have something to cover up or hide.
Integrity allows us to feel whole and take responsibility for our actions. Integrity also increases the release of oxytocin in our brain which is our bonding hormone and it makes us more trustworthy to others. Integrity is the number one quality people look for in a leader and will help our children feel proud of who they are.
Listen in with Dr. Jen to learn more!