Last week, my 8 year old learned that cheaters never prosper.
We were reviewing addition and subtraction flashcards and I congratulated him on how well he answered. He laughed and said, "Mom, I could see through the cards."
I said, "You could? Andrew! Why didn't you tell me?" And he said, "I'm sorry, Mom." And started crying.
The tears surprised me for two reasons. One, I was not planning to punish him in any way. And two, I was not upset about him having peeked through the cards.
I don't think he could have helped seeing the answers as I was sitting with my back to a sunny window, and I was glad he had confessed instead of letting me think he'd answered the cards on his own.
I asked him why he was crying and he said, "Because I cheated." I told him to remember that feeling and let it motivate him not to cheat again.
This is another reason I'm glad we homeschool. I'm glad my son is still pure enough at heart to confess wrongdoing and feel genuine remorse about it.