Why We Should Keep Our Promises To Our Kids

promises-child-developmentPromises! Promises! Promises! They’re easy to make; easier to break! But as parents, we really need to make an extra effort to follow through with our promises to our kids.

Kids look forward to our promises. If we don’t do our best to follow through with our promises, it could possibly have a negative impact on our kids. Here are some good reasons as to why we should keep our promises to our kids.

Kids Will Trust And Respect Us

If our kids see how hard we try to follow through with our promises, they will eventually trust us more. The promises we make to our kids set some kind of expectations on their part. If we meet their expectations, we will become their heroes. The more we meet their expectations, the more they will trust and respect us. Instilling trust and respect at a very young age can really have a positive impact on our relationship with our kids.

We Can Be Good Role Models

If our kids see how hard we try to keep a promise, they will also do it. Kids learn better when they see it from the grown-ups. Seeing how much effort we put in, kids will also learn to make good with their promises.

Our Kids Will Learn About Integrity

While it may seem like a heavy word to learn about at a very young age, kids will eventually learn about integrity. Even if they don’t know the meaning of the word, the act of keeping a promise becomes natural to them. This definitely will have a positive impact on them, creating a sense of integrity that they can hold on to.

Helps Instill Discipline

Not all promises are worth looking forward to. Sometimes we promise to do a certain act in case our child misbehaves. It maybe some kind of punishment, but the point is that we should follow through with it. There should be no excuses in this case.

If our child sees that we cannot even follow through with a particular promise to address a misbehavior, then discipline will be very hard to instill. If we can’t follow through a promise that has something to with a misbehavior, our child will just get away with everything. There will be no sense of discipline since there’s just no promise of punishment in place.

It Will Speak Well Of Us

Keeping our promises to our kids will speak well of us. Our kids will look up to us. Also, we will feel good about ourselves. There won’t be any guilt feelings. That’s one good reason as to why we should really do our best to keep our promises to our kids.

Kids Will Learn About Honesty

We don’t want out kids calling us liars just because we cannot follow through with a certain promise. No one wants to be called a liar. If our kids see that we are very careful with our promises, they will learn about honesty along the way. Making sure a promise is made and kept, shows sincerity and honesty on our part. It’s very important that our kids see these virtues at a very young age.

Kids Will Learn The Value Of Making A Promise

It’s simple. If our kids see that we always do our best to make good with our promises, they will also do the same. They will grow up knowing that it’s important to keep promises. That will really speak well of them as they live their lives.

It’s really important to keep our promises to our kids. Although there will be times when some of our promises will really be undelivered; we just really need to take some time to explain to our kids why we couldn’t follow through. But nonetheless, we have to be very careful with the promises we make. We need to make sure that we can keep our promises, as much as possible. How we follow through with all our promises builds the foundation of our relationship with our kids.

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  • We really should try our best to keep our promises to our kids. However, we should also teach them to accept the fact that some promises are going to be broken. We can’t shield them from the reality of life. After all, they’ll eventually enter the real world where a lot of promises are broken.

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