With the increasing flow of deepfakes, online hoaxes, and controversies about what’s “real news” and what isn’t, it can feel like we’re living in a time when honesty is a hard thing to find. But we believe that the majority of people still care deeply about honesty. We all want to raise kind, empathetic and trustworthy kids, and to model those qualities ourselves. The family dinner table is one regular opportunity we have for encouraging honesty and trust.
Don’t worry — you don’t have to climb on a soapbox to use family dinner as a place to strengthen trust! Food, fun and conversation can all be part of encouraging qualities that matter to us. Here are some ways to build the “honesty muscle” at mealtimes:
Unfortunately, the rise of social media and online platforms has made it increasingly tricky for kids (and adults) to figure out what’s true and what isn’t. It’s important to do our best to help our families develop good critical thinking skills and to learn to value sorting out fact vs. fiction. We hope that some of these ideas will help you use your mealtimes to make honesty and trust a regular topic for your family.
Meet the Miller family! Tori is a parent educator with the Military Child Education Coalition, so she not only knows a thing or two about family dinners — she teaches others how to improve their own.
Trust us: This one-pan dinner is budget-friendly, delicious and light on the dishes!
Put a fun twist on the concept of honesty with a game of “Two Truths and a Tall Tale!”
See what your family thinks about honesty and trust with these conversation starters.