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Importance of teaching children about morals
Teachingchildren good morals are processes whereby you assist them developmoral direction. Moral education is gaining popularity in the fieldsof education and psychology. The media reports of an increase insuicide among children, juvenile crime and teen pregnancy. This hasled to morals being referred to as a national crisis. The morals thatchildren learn when they are kids will be reflected when they aregrown up adults. It is usually difficult to explain to a child theimportance of being honesty and compassion, but showing them theeffects that moral has on others can influence them (Gert 14).Parents are with the responsibility of ensuring that their childrengrow up with good morals so that they can be functional members inthe society. For instance, when you turn the lights off when childrenare watching television, they will notice and will complain askingyou to turn on the lights. Teaching them the truth resemblesswitching off the lights. They cannot choose the dark if they areused to light. When they become comfortable with light, they willresist dark, considering it as an intruder.
Astudy by a prominent psychologist Jean Piaget on moral lives ofchildren studied the behaviors of children when playing to learn ontheir belief on what they consider right and wrong (Gert 18). Jeanconcluded that children build and rebuild their knowledge due to thesurrounding environment. He also considered morality as a developmentprocess. Parents have a significant share in making their childrenknow on the importance of having good morals (Otis 45).
Today,children are super smart and are aware of almost of almost everythingthat is happening in the entire world. However, this makes them losetheir innocence when they are too young, leading to early maturity.The world is full of dishonesty and lots of crime and thus, it iscrucial for parents to teach their children good morals to enablethem survive.
First,honesty is a key value in every child`s development. Children attender age are truthful and very honest, and as they become adults,they are exposed to the world of lies. This occurs due to prevailingfactors that influence them that include fears, adults and other kidsand thus the importance to teach a child to be honest. Honesty playsa significant role even when the child becomes an adult as he willnot tell a lie to escape a wrong deed. Parents who teach theirchildren to be honest are respected in the society (DeVrieset al., 29).
Respectis another important element. Parents and members of the familyshould respect each other so that children can learn from them.Respect amongst members in a family influences children. It is alsoessential to recognize a child so that he can respect his colleaguesand people who are elder than him in future (DeVrieset al., 33).
Moreover,good manners and behavior cannot merely be expressed with a word ofmouth only, words like “thank you” and “please” are essentialto creating a person`s impression in his life. Parents shouldencourage their children to talk in a polite way to others,appreciate if people do well to them and apologize if they do wrong.A child with good manners is one who has been brought up the best wayand earns respect from everyone surrounding him (Kekes39).Similarly, discipline helps to build a person`s character. Mostdisciplined people are successful no matter the situations. Parentsshould teach their children to be self-disciplined as this willenables them to emerge victoriously.
Sharingis a significant element that greatly helps children. Most familiestoday are nuclear families with only one child. Most parents lacktime to spend with their children due to the complexity of theirwork hence try to compensate their time by buying their kids gifts.This makes the value of sharing difficult for them as there are nochildren to share. This makes these child`s self-centered. Lack ofsharing value poses problems when the child grows up because he needsto adjust so as to accommodate other people in his life. Parents andteachers must allow their children to interact with other childrenwho are less disadvantaged and occasionally encourage sharing. By sodoing, the child experiences the joy of sharing and giving (Otis49).This will greatly influence him positively and will help the childlearn the need to share with those without even when he is a grown upadult. Further, parents who expose their children on volunteeropportunities appropriate for their age enables them develop moralvalues such as tolerance and giving.
Responsibilityis another important element in a child’s life. Children are likewet clay, and a parent can mould it the way he likes. Trust helpsthem become responsible people. Parents should make their childrenresponsible for their actions whether good or bad. Making thempersonally responsible for their mistakes will enable them understandthat they are solely responsible for their actions and hence entitledto punishments alone (Otis55).Inculcating responsibilities in their early development stagesprotect them from being illiterate whiners who aimlessly blame othersfor their mistakes.
Loveis one of the most essential values in everyone’s life. It is aneasy task to love others, but not everyone can love unconditionally.It is crucial to teach children the need to love others includingtheir enemies. It is important to teach them to forgive and forget asholding grudges will make their life a disaster. Teaching childrenthe need to love others will enable them not only to love people, butalso their surrounding like animals and the environment at large(Sadler78).A parent whose child has been brought up with good morals evolves tobe better people and also affects their behaviors positively.
Parentsare the very first examples to their children on what good or badare, and by practicing it at all times, a child will develop the samefrom the parent. This plays an important role as it gives the child aplatform to grow up in a kind of person you would like him to become(Gert 24). A research by an educational counselor, Michelle Borbaconcluded that parents should use ample time explaining to theirchildren on what they believe is good for them and why. This helps achild to make informed decisions thus following the direction of goodmorals.Children who lack morals result to failed citizen.
Further,getting children involved in sporting activities encourage them towork as a team. During these activities, children are divided intoteams, and this helps them to work together in order to conquer theopponent and thus developing the element of working with others(Sadler 83). On the same point, assigning children chores that are ona routine basis is essential in identifying a child`s character andcharacter training. Parents are able to identify individualpotentials in their children and hence supporting them. Most researchshows that most parents nature talents of their children as they growup. This gives them a chance to train on their characters and hencebecoming prominent individuals when they grow up to exhibit thesecharacters (Kekes 34).
Theother important of moral teaching is that children grow upappreciating the value, purpose and meaning of life (Sadler 89). Thisis achieved by those children who are brought up under strongreligious beliefs. Children learn the importance of values andbeliefs to families, society and community, as well as the entireworld. Children develop an understanding of the diversity in thesociety and their roles in it. They develop skills such as criticalthinking, discovery and reflection with a better understanding ofvalues and beliefs of others is equally essential. Consequently, theyrecognize religion as a crucial expression of individual’sexperience. Children establish values like wisdom and are able tojudge between right and wrong as they grow up (DeVries et al., 23).
Ittakes hard work to help children learn good morals. This is onlyevidenced when the child matures and takes responsibility of his ownlife. However, parents who teach children good morals will make themsuccessful people. This creates a foundation that builds their livesmaking them productive citizens in the society. Further, Childrenbrought up under strict rules from their parents regarding immoralbehaviors are likely to bring their own children under the samerules. This helps them to become responsible people (Otis 59).
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Kekes,John. MoralTradition and Individuality.Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. Print.
Otis,Don S. TeachYour Children Well: Helping Kids Make Moral Choices.Grand Rapids, Mich: F.H. Revell, 2010. Print.
Sadler,Michael. MoralInstruction and Training in Schools: Report of an InternationalInquiry.London: Longmans, Green, 2011. Print.