Many people might agree that fewer and fewer children are being passed on important values from their parents. As more and more violence and hatred occur in this world, it may be time to start asking ourselves whether it’s a result of the education we’re teaching our children.
When kids are taught important values at a young age, they are likely to go on to be great adults. Whether you teach them to pass out cups at preschool or take cookies to a sick family member – giving them a sense of how to be a good person will not only do themselves a great service but also everyone else who inhabits this world with them.
Here are some of the best values to pass on to your children which will encourage goodness and morality.
Treating Others With Respect
Adults who are charged with sexual harassment in the workplace, or support racist beliefs lack respect for others. Chances are they weren’t taught that all people were created equal and that anyone regardless of where they came from deserves equality.
Encourage your child to be kind to others and be aware of the effect that their actions have on others. Indulging cruel behavior at a young age even if it seems harmless at the time, will only perpetuate apathetic actions later in life. Kids are never too young to learn to be nice to others.
Growing up, kids are exposed to a variety of influences from friends and the media. One of the biggest things they may learn from these sources is to lie. It’s of crucial importance that you as a parent teach them the critical value of honesty. It’s natural that out of fear of being punished kids will often lie, so remind that you will always take the time to listen rather than encouraging them to lie to avoid conflict.
Always commend them for being honest, but don’t forget to follow through with punishments you’ve set in your ground rules. Going back on your word will teach them that they can weasel their way out of consequences.
Children who are responsible as children grow into responsible adults. It’s that simple. It is to pass on the importance that it’s crucial to take responsibility for their actions.
Kids who aren’t taught to be accountable for their behavior usually grow into entitled and selfish adults who tend to complain and blame others.
Kids who think that it’s their responsibility to be perfect all of the time may have issues with getting close to others out of fear of rejection.
Be sure to encourage your kids to laugh in the face of humility by not fearing failure once in a while.