Raising Ethical Children
TESST College – Towson
January 22, 2015
Teaching children values such as honesty, respect, compassion and responsibility can start at a young age. Parents and teachers alike have the ability to convey messages to children every day regarding appropriate behaviors and how to live ethically. Including children in daily activities, routines and specific lessons pertaining to ethical living can increase the overall morality of their upbringing. Children learn most through watching, hearing and participating in what goes on in their environment. Maintain awareness of your own behaviors and the example you set for children, whether your own or your students. The priorities and principles that you instill in your own daily life are being passed on to your child simply through unconscious integration. If you prioritize family time, following through with obligations and community responsibility in your own life, children are likely to follow in your footsteps. Cultivating an attitude based on mutual respect and compassion for others will be translated to children through your own actions.
Children respond well to having concise and consistent expectations incorporated in their environment. By setting limits and structuring children's daily activities in a predictable way, you can more easily instill positive values. Establish routines, set boundaries and employ logical consequences for behaviors and choices. Teach children that their choices reflect on personal character. Always maintain consistency with expectations and follow through with uniform consequences. This will help children develop a more keen awareness of appropriate behaviors and the importance of acting in an ethical manner. Be sure to utilize similar consequences for all children in the group, whether...