Exploring Moral Values With Your Child*

*This is a collaborative post*

Parenting is complicated. There are lots of layers involved when it comes to raising a child; giving them enough love, providing a roof over their head and ensuring they are well fed are just the basics. You also have to ensure they are keeping on top of their school work, have great friendships and grow up to be a respectable member of society. If you can raise your child to be kind-hearted, hard-working and have a range of other moral values, they will be more likely to succeed in various areas of their academic and personal lives. 

As one of the most influential people in your child’s life, in addition to their grandparents, siblings, teachers and friends, you can help direct them in the right way. Show them how important it is to work hard if you want to be successful and how to be kind to others, even if they don’t always deserve it. It’s never too early to start exploring moral values with your child, as discussed below by a London private school.

Respect is a good place to start. Explain to your child that all people are equal and should be treated respectfully, no matter their age, gender, race, religion or anything else that makes them different. However, respecting people is only half of it; your child will also need to respect the rules, people’s possessions and their home in general. There will be times when your child is disrespectful, as they are only human, in which case you should remind them that their behaviour will not be tolerated. Likewise, when your child demonstrates respectful behaviour, remember to praise them. 

Determination is another valuable message to deliver to your child. Essentially, they need to learn that giving up when the going gets tough is not always the right answer. Instead, they should possess the willpower to keep trying until they succeed. Explore some anecdotes with your child of times in your life when you felt like giving up and what happened, so that they can understand how being determined can apply to real life situations. Unless your child learns how to see things through to finality from a young age, they may struggle to commit to job roles or relationships when they grow up.

Of course, there are hundreds of other moral values to be explored, and some of them will come naturally, such as having good manners. Others may need to be worked at a little more before your child can grasp them, but be sure not to give up. At the end of the day, as long as you are being the best possible role model you can be, your child will turn out just fine!


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