EXPLORING MORAL VALUES WITH YOUR CHILD

It’s important for parents to explore various moral values with their children to help them learn what is or isn’t an acceptable way to behave and treat others. They need to learn, from a young age, the difference between right and wrong and generally how to build strong relationships with others. I have teamed up with a prep school in London to suggest some examples of moral values you can explore with your child to help them grow up to be good person.

Respect

Ask your child if they know what respect means and see if they can give you some examples of respectful and disrespectful behaviour. It’s important for them to understand that they should treat everyone with respect, regardless of their age, gender, race, social class, religious beliefs, political views etc. To help them understand what respect actually is, point out to them when you think they have been respectful or disrespectful.

Optimism

Being optimistic is important, because it allows us to overcome challenges and look to the future with a positive outlook. Encourage your child to be optimistic by challenging them when they say things like “I can’t do it” or “This is too hard”. Remind them that they can do anything they set their mind to. Comfort them if they make a mistake but be sure to let them know that mistakes are made by everyone, even grown-ups. Dwelling on them only makes the situation worse – it’s better to move forward and learn from the experience. You should also try and focus on using positive language around your child.

Diligence

In order to succeed in life, your child will need to understand that it’s important to work hard and always try their best. Promote a strong work ethic and praise your child when they’re studying or completing a piece of homework. Encourage them to be punctual and hand in their homework on time and use positive, enthusiastic terminology when talking about their education.

Of course, these are just a few of many moral values you can explore with your child. The trick is to be a good role model so that your child has someone to observe and learn from.

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