You probably don’t think of yourself as a liar. However, the chances are you lied (or stretched the truth to the breaking point) this very day – either to someone outside your home or to someone in your family. Statistics show that the average person lies about twice a day. Kids average lying about three times a day. Ninety-six percent of the people in a Reader’s Digest poll admitted to lying…most of the time to family and friends.
The first problem with the word integrity in our culture is that it is difficult to understand as a word. It gets jumbled in our vocabulary to vaguely denote honesty or character when we describe somebody we respect. It’s interesting that there are no true definitions of integrity in a search of the first ten pages of Internet quotes. We talk about it, but we have some difficulty trying to define it.
I believe it’s possible to create enough trust and rapport that instead of hiding mistakes or trying to get away with wrongs, teenagers would be honest and seek the guidance they need and know that they won’t be penalized for doing so. I also realize nothing ever happens as expected.