By: Krystle Crossman
Morals are a very important thing to have. When raising children we have the opportunity to teach them about some great moral values that we ourselves. Here are eight ways that we can help teach our child moral values according to Dr. William Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N.
1. Teach your children to be caring people. Studies have shown that children who live in homes that use an attachment parenting style grow up to be more caring and moral than others. They learn sensitivity and kindness.
2. Be a model for them. When children see you living with moral values they will pick that up and do the same. Children are like sponges so if they see a particular behavior they will soak it all in and behave the same way.
3. Send them to school with morals in mind. If they know the morals that you want them to exhibit they will bring this with them and hopefully it will rub off on other children as well. They will learn to be kind towards others and will also learn not to judge.
4. When children are younger make sure that you make a moral connection with them. Point out what is right and what is wrong. Tell them what behavior is expected and what is not appropriate. This is especially important for toddlers to learn. When they are that young they will trust that whatever you say is right and will follow.
5. Teach them to think in a moral way. Any time they come across a situation whether it be at home or at school, teach them ways to respond morally to that situation. If they are watching something on television that you don’t think has appropriate behavior ask them if they think what the character is doing is right or wrong. They will learn to evaluate situations and decide what is right or not.
6. Know who your child is friends with. You child will be hanging out with their friends a lot and you want to make sure that they are running with a good crowd instead of children that do not seem to have moral values. This will make them more likely to keep their values and less likely to succumb to peer pressure even though they know what they are doing is wrong.
7. Know your child. Know what they are capable of and teach them about morals whenever you can. Test them from time to time to see how they handle certain situations.
8. Minimize their exposure to people who would make a bad impression on them. Try to keep them around people who have the same moral values that you do. Keep them in contact with situations that display morals.