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Nowadays, our world is full of all kinds of people with different beliefs and ideas. The uniqueness of us all makes the world go around but it can also be very easy to lose one’s moral grounding. This is especially true in regard to our kids, who walk out the door each morning, interacting with many different types of people. Have your kids ever come home saying or doing something that you know they did not learn at home? Mine have! If you want your kids to always do what’s right, then you have to teach them strong moral values at home and reinforce it throughout their childhood. What they learn from you at home will help them navigate the world so help set them up for success!
Around the age five or six your kids will have developed a conscience, one from the set of rules that you have taught them, that will start to direct them. This is a pivotal time for you to set clear limits and rules and to check your own behavior because your child is watching you, yes you! Talk about the morals that you feel are most important with your kids like honesty, kindness, respectfulness, compassion and responsibly. Since your kids may or may not know what all these mean it is up to you to show and teach them. If you want your child to be respectful to others, you need to be respectful to others and if you want him to be honest, then never lie to him or others. Don’t expose them to negativity if you must visit a lawyer like Diamond and Diamond to discuss an upcoming legal case or situation.
It’s that easy! Children are better at observing and imitating than you think and will model all of your right or wrong behavior plus they idolize you so they will behave as you do. Your ideas will become theirs and guide their behavior. If you praise someone for getting away with deviant behavior, then they will likely act out in the same behavior as a way of getting your approval. To teach your kids strong moral values then you might have to make tough, unpopular choices sometimes to do what’s right. Standing up for what you believe in takes more effort than just leaving it alone but for your kids sake you need to make some hard stances sometimes. If you think about the payoff, it is worth it.