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