An Examination of Conscience for Children – Using the 10 Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
- Have I wanted more things, making things or money more important than God?
- Have I made an idol of sports or entertainment figures?
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Do I use God’s name carelessly?
- Do I use God’s name in anger?
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
- Did I attend Mass on Sunday?
- Did my behavior make it difficult or impossible for my parents to get to church on time?
- Have I remembered to pray daily?
4. Honor your father and your mother.
- Do I obey my parents?
- Have I done my chores without complaining?
- Do I do my chores without being reminded?
- Have I been disrespectful to teachers, coaches or others in authority?
5. You shall not kill.
- Do I keep my patience or do I lose my temper?
- Do I hold grudges and try to get even with others?
- Have I been unfair to others, especially those who are different than I am?
6. You shall not commit adultery.
- Do I show respect for my body?
- Do I respect the bodies of others?
- Do I avoid harmful things like drugs, tobacco and alcohol?
7. You shall not steal.
- Have I taken something that belongs to someone else?
- Have I “forgotten” to return something that I borrowed?
- Have I used money responsibly?
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Do I play fairly or do I ever cheat at school or games?
- Have I been honest or have I lied?
- Have I hurt someone by what I have said or done?
- Have I copied someone else’s homework?
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
- Have I been jealous of the friends that someone else has?
- Have I tried to be kind to others?
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
- Have I been jealous of the things that my friends have?
- Have I nagged my parents into buying things because my friends have them?
- Have I helped others when they needed help?
Taken from Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Children and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, written for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Kathleen D. Beuscher, 2010