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Trust Jars

The newest issue at the Maher house is lying. We have tried talking about lying and trust, but the message really wasn’t sinking in. Losing privileges didn’t seem to work, and this is an issue on which I wanted the kids to have a deeper connection and understanding. Matt and I had talked to the kids about how lying affects trust, and about how, like in the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the more you lie, the more you lose the trust of your friends and family. They would smile and nod, and then, 10 minutes later, they would be lying again — about brushing teeth, about who spilled the orange juice, even about matches. Obviously, our amazing pep talks were not getting through to them. I decide

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