“Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.”
We often find ourselves, as parents, wanting to get out of something we said that we would do. When you work 40+ hours a week, have bills to pay, have errands to run, it is much easier to tell our children “maybe later” and not do it after we said that we would.
To be consistent is to be “constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.” In other words, our word is our bond. We cannot tell our children to be people of integrity and consistency if we, ourselves, do not do it.
This even applies to discipline. One thing that we have taught our kids that we have to be consistent in our discipline. If Dad or Mom says that we are going to do something, then we have to follow through with it. It is easier to let it slide after the 3rd time instructing them. The problem with this is that when we promise something good or bad to our children and do not follow through, they lose trust in our word.
Just like the quote says that consistency is the foundation of trust. Isn’t that the truth?! The minute someone is not consistent with us, we lose trust in them. We can’t believe what they say. That foundation begins to crumble. Our goal, as parents, is to be trustworthy and to show integrity so that our children will never wonder of our consistency.