Exploring Moral Values with Your Child

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As parents, it is your responsibility to teach moral values to your child as early as possible. Morals help your children to learn right from wrong and how to treat others. Exploring morals will also allow your children to develop key social and communication skills for their future.

In order to set your child on the right track, it is crucial for you to role model honesty, kindness, good manners and respect. Here are some great tips from an independent school in Surbiton to help you explore moral values with your child…

Practice what you preach

Children learn from their parents, which is why it is so important for you to set a good example.  Show kindness to others, be aware of how you talk to people and always demonstrate good manners for your child to copy.

Listening to others

Explain to your child that it is important to be polite and to listen to others. This is particularly important in the classroom. Help your child to understand that they must respect their class mates and their teacher by listening carefully and following instructions. 

Showing kindness

Teach your child to always show kindness and to value other people’s ideas and opinions. Encourage the idea of treating others as they wish to be treated and helping those in need. Siblings provide an endless supply of opportunities to learn how to treat others; especially how to share!

Acknowledging mistakes

Give your child space to work things out independently. Disputes with friends are common at school and learning how to resolve these issues is an important life lesson. Furthermore, if you make a mistake or have a disagreement with your child, be sure to apologise. This will show that you value and respect their thoughts and feelings. Apologising to your child will also teach them how to treat others and how to accept responsibility.

Valuing school

Encourage your child to value their own learning and achievements. They can demonstrate this by being on time to school, working hard in class, completing homework and being respectful to their teachers. If your child’s school has their own list of core values, it can be helpful to read this together with your child.

Giving Praise

Finally don’t forget to reinforce your values by praising your children for good behaviour. They are far more likely to repeat good values if they can see it makes you proud. Tell them ‘well done for being brave’ if they have accomplished something they thought was scary, or tell them it makes you happy to see them include their younger sibling when they play.

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