When you understand your child’s thoughts and the meaning they are pulling from their life’s events, you can better understand their actions and eventually the path their life is taking. Everything starts with our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and others.

To work on integrity ask your child often what things mean to them. What does it mean when your sibling is unkind to you? Why do you think you did poorly on that test? What does it mean that you didn’t make the team? Why did you feel you needed to cheat on that project? Their answers will help you understand their thoughts, leading to their behaviour that may or may not be serving them and help you guide them towards a healthier and more productive story.