Praying for Kids to Tell the Truth


How Can You Get Kids to Tell the Truth?

One of the things that concerns most parents is to get their kids to tell the truth–about their dreams, about where they went, what they spent their money on, who they went out with. The list goes on. But let’s face it. At some point in our lives when we were young children, we used to lie to our parents, too, just to get our way and to avoid trouble.

Praying for Our Children

Because of my observations, one of the items in my prayer list is for our kids to tell the truth to us–always. In addition, I have been praying that if they choose to say a lie, that they will feel troubled by the Holy Spirit into confessing and telling the truth.

I would like to see them grow up with sincere and honest hearts because they will carry it to adulthood. And that will affect all their dealings in the future.

Our Daughters

As parents to homeschooling in Bacolod kids, we know our daughters. We know that Dindin would naturally tell the truth. I don’t know, but it seems like a spontaneous thing for her not to cover up something, even if she knows she can get scolded. But the other night, something was different.

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Dindin with an app that enables her to play while learning the Filipino language.

The Incident

Hubby, Shane, and myself went to the supermarket for a short while. Dindin opted to stay home and rest after a whole day of doing her PACEs. She was playing with the tablet before we left and I specifically instructed her to stop after five games, which I estimated would last about 15 minutes, and then to play with something else, like her dolls.

We know we can trust her with things like that so we let her play with tablets for kids within a specific time frame.

After an hour and a half, we came home and brought the complete set of Happy Meal Minions from McDonalds that we pre-ordered. We thought of surprising Dindin for our family meal that night.

When I entered the bedroom, I knew that she just got up from the bed. I asked, “Was Dindin a good girl while Mama was away?” She replied quite hesitantly, “Yesss…”, her face with a rather questionable expression.

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We even had this photo shoot of Shane and the minions for our IG account.

I tried not to mind but I knew that something was not right but took her word for it. Then I told her that I have a surprise for the two of them, as Shane did not see the Minions box anyway and so that the ownership of the toys gets established early on–they are co-owners.

The Confession

They got so excited and they played with the toys until they retired for the night, which was rather late. Then I forgot about the incident. The following morning, I helped Dindin with her bath. Before we got started, Dindin faced me and fidgeted with her fingers. She started by saying, “Mom…” in a rather serious tone. Here’s our conversation:

Dindin: I have something to tell you…
Mama: What is it?
Dindin: I wasn’t exactly honest with you last night (remorseful and couldn’t look straight at me).
Mama: Yeah? What happened?
Dindin: Well…I didn’t stop playing when you told me to.
Mama (with a gentle voice): You mean you kept playing with the tablet until we got home?
Dindin (teary-eyed now and bowing her head): Yes…

I felt compassion on her. I knew that she felt bad, not only for disobeying but also for not telling the truth. I did not have to scold or punish her for her to realize her wrong.

So I asked, “How did it make you feel?” Dindin lost it, hugged me, and in between sobs, said “Bad…”


I took the opportunity to comfort her while she felt bad for doing wrong. But in my heart and mind, I was relieved. I was reminded of my prayer and indeed, the Holy Spirit continued working on Dindin’s heart to correct her, even if we had already slept on the matter.

As her mother, I also thank God for the wisdom that I did not scold her, which would have probably just made her defensive and clam up instead of talking to me.

Pray for your kids using Bible verses.

To make it clear: I am not a perfect mother. I love my children but I also have a bad temper. I shout at them when I am under too much stress. I nag and I am also capable of emotional abuse with my words. Our home can sometimes be messy.

I know my limits and I know my faults, too. But I believe that I have a perfect God who is so gracious and loving and who honors prayers. Alone, I am incapable but God is just awesome.

I know that we all pray for our children. But it feels so much different when you experience the answers to your prayers. Hope you are blessed with our story in praying for your kids to tell the truth.

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8 thoughts on “Praying for Kids to Tell the Truth

  1. Awwww. Thanks for sharing this! I’m actually curious of the app that helps dindin study filipino… I’d love to have that for bloom and kat 🙂

    More power and more stories to shars!

  2. I love this! As a parent to young kids, honesty is also one of my concerns. Early on, I believe I have also set a good foundation for my kids to always be honest with anything. But I remember there were times we had issues on lying, particularly when it also comes to playing time. Before, I used to get so mad and frustrated, but I learned to talk it out which really helped them to be more honest than being fearful of getting scolded. I never realized of praying for that until I read your story. From now on, this this will include in our prayers. Thank you very much for sharing! ☺

  3. Awww.. this is so touching. I wish I could have such patience as yours. But you are right… prayers really help. that’s what I do all the time, bec I believe that’s the best way to help me and my kids . I’ll try my best not to over react to their inappropriate behavior. 😉 Thank you for sharing this 🙂 God bless.

  4. Thank you po talaga for sharing. Very touching po. It made me look back and reflect on my childhood and on what I want for my son now that I, too, am a mom.

  5. Thanks for sharing this mommy.Isa sa pinakamahirap na lesson na dapat tinuturo natin sa mga kids natin na need na need nila matutunan paglaki nila..

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