What a great way to begin the year! Trust is the foundation to every relationship, and when we practice it, every goal we wish to achieve can happen. Without it, relationships deteriorate. I often talk about the Organizational Health model we have adopted from Patrick Lencioni (see links below). It has guided us over the years to identify what steps we need to take in order to achieve the results we expect. Check out the model and Patrick’s work. It can truly guide and inspire our family relationships.
The best way to teach your child how to be trustworthy is to model it. Be explicit and point out the ways you practice trust and how you trust others.
Secondly, give your child opportunities to practice being trustworthy. They won’t always be trustworthy, but in those moments take advantage of the teaching moment. Trust is the absence of fear. When children aren’t trustworthy, examine what they might be afraid of. That is the key to unlocking trustworthiness. Here are a few more ways to help your child practice trust:
- Heart – List the characteristics of superheros and how they can be trusted.
- Mind – Practice using numeration skills when calculating money.
- Body – Ask you child to allow you to help them get a splinter (or other pain) out.
- Soul – Take initiative on an instinct.
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Ernest Hemingway
“The warrior who trusts his path doesn’t need to prove the other is wrong.” – Paula Coelba
“Just really, really believe in what you’re trying to do. Don’t let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line.” – Luke Bryan
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” – Henri Nouwen