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Useful Tips



Here is an example of the useful tips we offer teachers and parents throughout our curriculum.

Things to remember when teaching your child about being truthful.

  • Children learn from the example you set. If you are visibly truthful and consistently chose to do the right thing even if it is hard, so will they.
  • Always be honest with your children, no matter what. They can handle the truth better than a lie.
  • Allow children to experience the physical and emotional consequences of their choices. Adults tend to ‘harness’ the emotional consequences as either their own bitter disappointment, or their own pride and delight. The following statements are very helpful in allowing children to fully experience the emotional consequences of their choices:

“You should feel very proud of yourself!”

“I can see you are very disappointed in yourself!”

  • Create a loving and nurturing environment in which a child feels safe to make a mistake. The following statement can be very helpful:

“You are an important member of this class, but I really don’t agree with your choice/actions/words.”

  • Always take the time to ask a child how they ‘feel’ after telling the truth or after you discover they have told a lie.
  • Be sensitive to what a child says about decisions involving right or wrong and do not hesitate to firmly correct statements like, “It doesn’t matter—nobody will ever find out” or “Everybody does it.”
  • Take the opportunity to talk about issues of right and wrong with your class, either from real life experiences as they happen around you or when you are watching a movie together.

 

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"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student
“I would just like to say thank you so much for all you have done for the grade 6 girls through COOL TO BE ME. They are so lucky to have had experienced such profound self-analysis and self-discovery at their age. I think that the work you are doing is so important and the core philosophy of resilient self-esteem is brilliant.” – Springfield parent
"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student
“I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading Bouncing Back and the Telling Truth stories to my kids this past week. We've been reading a few chapters each night before going to bed. My son is four and a half and my daughter six and a half and in Grade 1. They have both absolutely LOVED them! We have had very late bedtimes as they've insisted that I keep reading! Even though they are both so young (and I thought too young which is why I hadn't read them the stories until now), they were completely compelled and fascinated! At the end of the each book, they both without any initiation started discussing some of the themes. After the bouncing back story, they both started to talk about some of things they had learnt in the day. From the 'learn the lesson and move on' refrain, my daughter told me that she had learnt that she can tell her friend NO if she doesn't want to do something! What an important thing to learn!” – Nicole, Cape Town
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"CTBM was so great and wonderful. Today I can express my feelings because of CTBM. I am a good person because of CTBM. I want to say thanks a lot. It’s CTBM." - Grade 6 student

"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student

"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student

"I now have confidence to say stuff even if people laugh at me." - Grade 6 student

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student 

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