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Best Ways to Teach Values to Your Children

Raising a well-mannered child is on top of the list of every parent’s goal because a child’s manners and values are the gauge that measures their parenting skills. Especially in a collectivist country like the Philippines, however your child acts, good or bad, it’ll be reflected on your own image. So parents try to set a good example for their child, but often they end it there. Beyond being a good role model, there are more ways to influence and teach your child.  

  1. Encourage your child to do acts of kindness and generosity. You may start small like opening doors for elders and eventually lead to something big like attending charity events. Let your child experience these things first-hand and let them realize that these acts can be very satisfying.
  2. Share your experiences to your child. If you share what you do and how you feel about them, your child might get inspired by your actions. Tell them even about the bad choices you’ve made, so they’ll learn from your mistakes.
  3. Monitor your child’s use of technology. One of your biggest rivals in raising your child well is technology. You’ll be surprised as to how much they’re influenced by things they see through the screen. Make sure you know that your child’s watching appropriate programs for him and that he isn’t spending all his time with technology.
  4. Make them responsible for their mistakes and promises. Let them fix their own problems, only step in when you think it’s something that they really can’t handle on their own. Also, don’t let them get out of things they promised to do. This will teach them that there’s much to be responsible for in this world. With that said, you also have to be responsible for your own. Apologize to your child whenever you feel like you fell short or messed up.
  5. Recognize their good deeds. This is where the reward system kicks in, but it doesn’t have to be something big. Sometimes even a simple pat on the back, words of acknowledgement  or a small treat can go a long way with your kids. This will encourage them to continue the type of behavior you want.

Children make a lot of mistakes, and most of the time they aren’t aware of it so try to be lenient. When they’re aware of their mistakes, give them the time to muster up an apology. Sometimes it’s their fear of your reaction that’s stopping them to talk. A good and long talk that explains their bad behavior is more effective than verbal or physical punishments.

 

REFERENCES:

  • Sweat, Becky. “10 Practical Ways to Teach Your Children Right Values.” http://www.ucg.org/marriage-and-family/10-practical-ways-teach-your-children-right-values/, unknown publication date. Web. 9 June 2014.

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