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Raising a respectable child with good moral values, who knows the difference between right and wrong, is an important part of parenting. If your child has a positive outlook on life and treats people with kindness and compassion, they should be able to lead a happy and fulfilling life. So, I have teamed up with a senior school in Surrey to share some examples of moral values you should explore with your child from a young age, to set them on the right track.
It goes without saying that you will be instilling your child with various moral values without even realising it. Every time you remind them to say please or thank you, you are teaching them to be polite and well-mannered. When you ask them to help you complete some chores, you are teaching them the importance of being helpful and working as part of a team. The trick is to always be a good role model so that they can learn how to behave by observing you.
Help your child understand how important it is to respect others, regardless of how old they are, what colour their skin is, or what they believe in. No two people are the same, but everyone should be treated as equals. Exploring the concept of respect with your child will give them a good moral base.
Try and practise gratitude with your child as often as possible so that they learn to appreciate how fortunate they are, both in terms of their material possessions and, more importantly, the relationships they have with others. Ask them to share something they’re grateful for each evening so that they can focus on the positives in life, no matter how small.
It’s also important to teach your child to be hardworking and determined. When they are finding something particularly challenging, remind them that as long as they try their best, that’s all that matters. Unless they give something their all, they can’t expect perfect results.