Moral development is a key part of childhood and goes on to shape your child into who they may be in the future. In this blog from this independent school in Kent, we explore the most important moral values children should develop and why.
What is important about moral values?
Moral values are beliefs that protect lives and develop respect within us. They are essentially things that we care about and what matters to us. Examples of moral values include gratitude, honesty, compassion, cooperation and generosity.
Developing moral values in children allows them to see what is right and wrong, gives them a different perspective and shows them different viewpoints to a situation. These alone boosts your child’s independence, confidence and gives them what’s known as a moral compass. This helps them avoid negative thoughts and beliefs from peers and keeps them aligned and positively thinking.
How to encourage moral values in children
It’s key that as their parent you aim to instil positive attitudes. Set an example by being their role model by being compassionate, honest, and respectful in front of them.
Acknowledge good behaviour by giving rewards or letting your child know when they have done well. When you’re praising your child, you’re improving their self-esteem and positivity.
Clear communication is also a way of showing to your child that you’re open and honest in front of them; they’re also more likely to converse with you if so.
Moral values for children
The key values are to express gratitude, honesty, respect, and empathy, among many others. There are many ways your child can grow to be a positive person with the right tools and guidance from parents, family and their own teachers.
Moral values are building blocks for a child and how they interact with people in the future, as well as giving them the guidance to be a good person in their daily lives. They will thank you for it.