Honest! Trust Me!

He who is truthful testifies honestly, but a false witness lies. Proverbs 12:17 WEB
The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:19 KJV


  • Bag of candy with a wrapper you can’t see through
  • Dirt or garbage

Colorful CandyPreparation:

  • Carefully open the bag of candy. Remove the candy and save for later.
  • Fill the bag with dirt and/or garbage and reseal.


Offer your child the bag of candy. If they are like my children they will be very excited.
Have them open the bag.

Garbage InsteadAsk:

How did you feel when you saw the garbage?

Was it what you expected?

Did you like that it was full of garbage instead of candy?

Help them identify feelings. This is a great time to build some emotional vocabulary. They may have felt angry, hurt, or confused.

Getting a bag of garbage that looks like candy is like being lied to. (If you told your child it was a bag of candy clarify that you did lie because you were teaching this lesson. To avoid lying you can simply say you have something for them. With older children you could talk about how leaving out information or the intent to deceive is lying or at least dishonest. We can lie without saying a word!)

Honest! Trust Me! pic
If I gave you another bag that looked just like this how would you feel? Even though it was just a lesson there is a good chance they wouldn’t be fully confident it was going to be candy.

Read Proverbs 12:17, 19

When we lie it hurts others. The ones getting the garbage are hurt. It also hurts ourselves. We want to be trusted. If we lie to someone they are not as likely to trust us and we will be hurt.

Did you try the lesson?
Did your children gain an understanding?
How do you teach about honesty?

My Life – February

My Life February www.MukkoveJohnson.com


Christian: I am journeying through Supernatural Mothering for a second time. Most of February we spent in the chapter on peace. Perfect timing. The books I picked, Hebrew Word Pictures by Dr. Frank Seekins, explains that the pictures represented in the Hebrew word for peace, shalom, mean “destroy the authority that establishes chaos.” Wow. For an object lesson to teach about peace to your children try Fix the Leak.


Wife: We celebrated 23 years since we started dating. We spent much time in prayer and being thankful. We see so many couples around us hurting and struggling. God has been gracious to us.

Hebrew Word Pictures by Dr. Frank Seekins

Mom: I am doing alright. There is always more I want to teach. More ways I want to connect. School is going well. Each child is now responsible for breakfast one day a week. We’re only in our second week but so far so good. I love the extra time in the morning to get a few more things done or have a few more minutes of Bible Study.
During school I started a sweater that was turning out too small so I am starting over. I also started on some wire wisteria. I am really liking it though I don’t know what I am going to do with it. It needs something to climb…


Author: I have been invited to host a table at a local gift shop in April during our town’s Second Saturday event. I am also planning to try hosting a table and perhaps a workshop at the Alaska Private and Home Educators Association’s curriculum fair.
I have a few ideas for books but still seem to lack the focus and direction to work on the like I want.

If you could hear me speak what topics would you want me to cover?

Potatoe Adventure 2013

We are setting off to grow our own potatoes this summer. The main reason I am posting the adventure is so I have a record of what we try and how it works for planning next year. If you are not into gardening or already know what you are doing, bear with me or skip to another post.

I bought 10 lb of CalWhites, supposed to be versatile and store well. They have a more oblong shape than round.

10 lb Redsen, a slightly darker red skin, more uniform size, on the small er side, also supposed to store well.

5 lb German Butterballs, we wanted Yukon Gold, but we got our seed too late they were out already on May 10. Back to the Butterballs. How can I go wrong with a name like that? Small, fairly round, yellow flesh, supposed to be Yummy!

Finally 5 lb Superior these are a very early variety. We will hopefully be eating off these by mid July. They are supposed to be excellent frying potatoes so that will be perfect for our summer cookouts. They have deep eyes and a very pronounced divots on the butt end, not an eye, will not grow. The Superior are very sensitive to light, they green easily so we will have to be sure they stay well covered with soil.

Most are nice small potatoes so I will only need to cut a few. The cut ones should sit for a couple of days to “skin over”. The others can just go straight in the ground.

Now it is off to the root cellar for my seed potatoes because it is much too cold to plant them outside just yet. We still have a foot of snow in some places on our property.