I was confronted as a young mother with the question "Can your children trust you?" It was in a Bible study on parenting. Those words were very thought provoking. They brought up more questions. Could my kids believe what I told them? Was I being an example of integrity and honesty?
Our children are born believing anything we say. If we tell them to jump into our arms, they do it happily and without hesitation. When we teach them certain things, they acknowledge it as truth. It is not until they catch us not being completely honest with them that they lose some trust in us. They begin to question things here and there. The wonder if we have been lying to them.
One of the best verses on honesty and integrity is 2 Corinthians 8:21: We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable.
This verse is saying that we need to be honorable which means
If you have already struggled in this area of honesty, know it is not too late. Go to your children and apologize. Let them know that you are human and that you fail. They will love and respect you more if you are open with them. They crave their parents to be transparent with them. They need to know their parents battle the same sins they do. This could be life changing for you and your family to allow your kids to see the "real" you!