Teaching a child right from wrong can be mentally taxing. It’s an ongoing thing and, sometimes, it feels like les entra por un oído y les sale por el otro.
However, it is important to constantly remind children of things they must do to excel in the real world. We are talking about not resorting to violence, not telling lies, and treating everyone with respect. You know, the basics, right?
I know it can seem like a lot, but the good news is that all of this is normal and part of their upbringing, which will get better in due time.
Now, something many kids go through is the age of lying. It seems like they’ll lie just to lie at this point, and it can be a bit frustrating. However, take it easy. There are ways to manage and correct this behavior, such as exposing them to the magical world of books.
Below you will find three books that you can use to teach children not to tell lies. Make sure to keep them handy because lying can evolve past their younger years, too.
The Thing That Hurts Most in the World
Written by: Paco Livan
Illustrated by: Roger Olmos Pastor
This children’s book was translated from its Spanish version, La cosa que más duele del mundo, where the basis of the story states that lying is the thing that hurts the most in the world.
Un pelotón de mentiras
Written by: Pilar Mateos
Illustrated by: Alberto Pieruz Quintana
This is a children’s book in Spanish that speaks on a character who is the champion of lying. However, one day they decide to change. The recommended ages for “Un pelotón de mentiras” is between 9 and 13.
I Love to Tell the Truth, Me Encanta Decir la Verdad
Written by: Shelley Admont
Illustrated by: Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja
Bilingualism is an important part of the Latino community, and “I Love to Tell the Truth, Me Encanta Decir la Verdad” highlights it. This book is in both English and Spanish and walks children on the joy of being honest.
Remember, honesty is the best policy!