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Few Important Ways to Teach Children the Right Values

Deeksha   |  18-Jan-2019

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Parents are often keen to instil good values into their children including values of compassion, perseverance, self-discipline, dependability, kindness and respect. Doing so early will protect children from negative societal influences and build a strong foundation for them to become better citizens. In today's world, children are more influenced by distractions such as the Internet, television, movies, video games and music. They have a greater effect on children and in shaping their perspectives more than ever before. So, what should parents do? As per few experts, parents should be availablefor their children. Like talking to them about what is right and wrong and what constitutes good behaviour and what does not. Let's have a look at practical techniques that will help in instilling values in children:

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  1. Be the Best Example

One of the most vital things parents can do is set the best example for children. They learn from observing how you treat them, observing what you do in different situations and overhearing your interactions with others. If you wish children to exhibit values like self-respect, honesty and compassion, then you need to prove these qualities yourself. Your children will not think it is important to preserve if you are not serious about things that matter to you the most. Therefore, do not create a discrepancy between what you say and what you do.Because your children will ignore what you told them. But if your actions are steady with your words, then the impact of your message will be stronger.

  1. Teach from your Experience

Most of us have come across multiple experiences that have taught us valuable lessons to lead our life. Share those stories with your children, especially those that illustrate how you made choices that were uniform with good values. You can tell about a time when you stood up for convictions without going with the crowd. For E.g. A time when you really worked hard to achieve a goal or when you returned a lost wallet rather than keeping the money for yourself. When you tell every story, describe the moral dilemma, how you came to make the decision and how everything turned out to be feasible. This will be effective with children who may be facing moral struggles. Try to help them with the mistakes you made so that they do not have to suffer similar consequences.

  1. Hold your Children Accountable

Children are bound to get into trouble every now and then. They may break the neighbour’s window while playing, perform poorly in college or disobey rules. As a parent you may want to rush in and immediately attempt to make things better for them, but do not! If you help your child every time, they make a mistake and will not take responsibility for their actions. They should know that bad choices result in unpleasant consequences. You must hold children accountable for not meeting their responsibilities and for their actions. To raise well-rounded and responsiblechildren, its vital to teach them the value of accountability.

  1. Motivate your Children

Motivate your children to help others whenever they can. It is delightful to see how helpful they can be to others through simple acts of kindness. Motivate your children to pursue the right act. Always look for people who will need help and lead your children to reach out to them. This initiative will not only serve others but also aids children to develop and practice virtues such as compassion, respect, kindness and generosity.

It requires a lot of patience to educate children to differentiate from right to wrongand train them in ways to develop inner values that constitute a character. Thereforeparents, please be patient. It is in you to develop a responsible citizen for the nation.


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