How to handle cheating is heavily debated among parents, especially when it comes to letting kids suffer the consequences. If you're wavering, ask yourself:What really matters more: my kid's grade or his moral development? Remember that excusing, dismissing, or ignoring your kid's cheating is the same as giving it your approval. Besides, isn't it far more important for your kid to learn the essential message: honesty really is the best policy? So, if despite all your efforts, your kid's cheating continues, it's time to set a consequence.And if cheating still continues, spend some serious uninterrupted time with your kid coming to an agreement on how further cheating will be prevented. Here are a few consequences for cheating:
• For younger kids caught cheating in a game, simply stop playing: "That was cheating again. It's not fun to play when you don't play fair. I'm going to stop playing now, and we'll try again later."
• Write an essay or paragraph discussing at least five reasons cheating is bad; younger tykes could draw two reasons.
Older kids who cheat on tests or plagiarize reports should be required to redo the assignment.
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