Examination of Conscience for kids

FIRST COMMANDMENT – I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.

 Have I…

  • Have I wanted more things, making things or money more important than God?

  • Have I made an idol of sports or entertainment figures?


SECOND COMMANDMENT – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

 Have I…

  • Do I use God’s name carelessly?

  • Do I use God’s name in anger?


THIRD COMMANDMENT – Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

Have I…

  • 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?


FOURTH COMMANDMENT – Honor your father and your mother.

Have I…

  • 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?


FIFTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not kill.

Have I…

  • 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?


SIXTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not commit adultery.

Have I…

  • Do I show respect for my body?

  • Do I respect the bodies of others?

  • Do I avoid harmful things like drugs, tobacco and alcohol?


SEVENTH & TENTH COMMANDMENTS – You shall not steal. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Have I…

  • Have I taken something that belongs to someone else?

  • Have I “forgotten” to return something that I borrowed?

  • Have I used money responsibly?

  • 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?


EIGHTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Have I…

  • 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?


NINTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

Have I…

  • Have I been jealous of the friends that someone else has?

  • Have I tried to be kind to others?

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You,

and I detest all my sins because of Your just punishments,

but most of all because they offend You, my God,

Who are all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace,

to sin no more and to avoid  the near occasions of sin.  Amen.

Taken from Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Children and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, written for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Kathleen D. Beuscher, 2010