Lance Armstrong should have listened to this parenting wisdom:
The punishment for lying will always be worse than the punishment for the action.
Taking responsibility for our actions is a fundamental value. As parents, it’s how we teach fairness, empathy and ethics to our children. It how we learn to understand the consequences of our choices so we can make better choices in the future. Taking responsibility is how we honour apologies; how we allow ourselves to forgive and move forward.
The world of alleged lies is crashing down around Lance. Nike—a brand based on elite performance—has dropped their relationship, not only because of the doping, but because of the decade of lies. More than likely, people would have forgiven the transgression at first—most people believe the sport is rampant with drug abuse at the highest level. We’d forgive and move forward. Ten years of lies is different.
Poor choices happen. But lies and deceit reveal something different about our character. It reveals a deeply engrained selfishness that can’t be trusted.
Parents know this. That’s why the punishment for lying is always worse.