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Exploring Moral Values with Your Child

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Teaching your child the difference between right and wrong and how to behave appropriately in certain situations is an important element of their overall development. The chances are, you’re probably naturally exploring various moral values with them simply by being a good role model, but there are ways you can hone in on them and take your child’s learning one step further. I have teamed up with a private girls’ school in Hertfordshire to explore this in further detail.

Kindness & Compassion

If your child understands the importance of being polite and having good manners, the rest is more likely to fall into place naturally. Remind them to say please and thank you as often as you need to, until they remember on their own. Let them know that it’s nice to check in with people from time to time and teach them the value of being kind and helpful. For instance, if you have an elderly neighbour who is struggling to mow their lawn or carry their food shopping in from the car, perhaps your child could offer to help. Explain to your child that if they are kind-hearted towards others, others are more likely to return the favour.

Equality

Explain to your child that all people are equal and should be treated with respect, regardless of their age, gender, cultural background, religion etc. Kindness, compassion, and good manners should be extended to everyone. If your child says something that could be deemed as racist or homophobic, challenge them on it and teach them why they shouldn’t judge other people based on their differences.

Sharing & Including

Your child needs to know how to play nicely with other children. This involves including people who might have been left out, sharing, and taking turns. Of course, it’s nice for them to have close friends, but they should also try and consider the other children who might be lonely. Ask them how they would feel if there were a group of other children playing and they were on their own, as this will help them empathise.

Optimism

Encourage your child to consider their hopes and dreams and help them find things they can look forward to in life. This will help them have a positive and optimistic attitude and allow them to overcome challenges in an enthusiastic manner.

Hard Work

Explain to your child that the hard work and effort they put in now will help them in the long run. For example, if they try hard at school, they will be more likely to get a good job when they’re older. If they help you with the housework, you will get your chores done quicker and will be available to take them out somewhere fun or play a game with them. There will be times when they want to give up, but you need to teach them determination.

Gratitude

If your child can understand how fortunate they are, they will be more likely to find contentment and will respect those around them who do so much to ensure they are happy and healthy. Every day, encourage your child to share some things they’re grateful for, even if it’s a simple as you giving them a lift to school. Get them started by sharing some of the things that you’re grateful for, so that they understand the task. The more your child appreciates what they have, the more optimistic and confident they will feel, and the less they will dwell on what they don’t have.

There are hundreds of moral values you can explore with your child, but the best thing you can do is model the behaviour you’d like to see replicated in your child. If you are rude to the customer service advisor over the phone, your child will think this is an appropriate way to speak to people. If you give up your jobs regularly because they’re tough, your child will think it’s ok to quit. Consider your actions carefully when around your youngster.

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