It takes time for an individual to earn someone’s trust. But, being considered trustworthy is one of the greatest compliments an individual can receive. Teach your child how to become trustworthy.
By Arun Sharma
Capriciousness can come easily to anyone. But, it takes time to imbibe the qualities that make an individual stand out as someone who is reliable and worthy of trust. Some of the qualities that are present in most trustworthy individuals are:
Trust is one of the values that lies at the heart of every human relationship. We begin learning to trust right from a very young age. Every time parents respond to their child, who depends on them for everything with empathy and love, the child learns to trust. And, with time, the child also learns to model trustworthy behaviour.
But, apart from modelling trustworthy behaviour as a parent, there are other ways of teaching your child to be trustworthy as well. Let us look at some of them:
1. Explain trust: Before you begin teaching you child to be trustworthy, explain to him what ‘trust’ means. How you explain ‘trust’ to your child would depend on his age.
2. Indulge in trust-building activities: Doing activities with peers are not only fun and entertaining, but also provide the scope for teaching a lot of things, including trust. Here are a few such activities.
3. Teach moral values: A knowledge of moral values helps a child learn many things such as distinguishing the right from the wrong, becoming responsible and so on. These help encourage and promote trustworthiness in a child.
4. Have conversations: Have conversations that increase your child’s sense of self-esteem and make him understand what it takes to be trustworthy. During your conversation, you can say a few things that will help your child understand how important trust is — for example, “When people trust you, they know that you won’t let them down” or “A trustworthy person will do everything possible to keep his word.”
5. Teach him to be on guard: While you give lessons to your child on how to become trustworthy, also tell him to be aware of things that can lead him to break someone’s trust – for example, giving in to distractions and not fulfilling his responsibilities, promising more than what he can deliver, or leaving things midway.
While you are teaching your child to be trustworthy, you will also encounter situations where your child is unable to keep her word. What would you do during such times? Here are a few tips:
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