The Importance of Teaching Moral Values to Kids
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual- Friedrich Nietzsche. Morality is like fuel that keeps the wheels of life moving. It gives a correct direction to our lives so that we can enjoy a life of prosperity and happiness. When we were kids, our grandparents were our moral instructors. By telling stories of moral values, they inculcated good values in us. But now, the tradition of joint families have almost abolished from the big cities.
So the responsibilities of parents and teachers have multiplied. Once Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian saint quoted, “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet”. The home is the first social community for children. Lack of supportive and sound environment in the family life may impact greatly the psychology of kids. With the rapid growth of post modern culture, the moral values are degrading. It has become a great concern for all of us as a decline in the moral values of the citizen means a decline in the personal image of a country.
Teaching moral values doesn’t mean restricting your kid from doing their favorite task. But it’s a way of teaching them the rule of nature and life. Values are the desirable principles in someone’s character that society considers worthwhile. Friendliness and courage are values. Morals work with the judgment of values as they emerge in actions. Promptness is a value; therefore, it is morally wrong to be late to work. It is not that kids become aware of these values by their own; they need adult guidance on every walk of their lives. The early caregivers of the child should develop a sense of belongingness with the child so that the human traits can be shown in the child in a later life.
A bond of trust with the elders of the family helps the child to develop these traits. The quality of relationship the children have with their parents greatly affects the way children develop morally. During dialogues generated by parents' use of induction, parents also can help stimulate children's moral development by the use of questioning within an emotional supportive context. For example, parents can ask children why they think that their behavior led another child to cry, helping children come to the answer themselves. How parents can do this depends on the child's level of development; parents need to be cognizant of what children can understand and adjust their language accordingly.
The teachers in school can also imbibe moral values among kids. A nation having citizens who are healthy, patriot, honest and sincere, that nation can ensure a secure future to all its citizens. The inclusion of moral education in the schools has become more important these days. There are different ways by which school can morally upgrade the kids, like telling stories, preaching, group discussions, Yoga, and Meditation. To be an effective teaching, a combination of all methods can be used. Children are by nature pure, sincere, and eager to learn. If the schools and colleges impart the moral character building values effectively, the purity of the students can be maintained and enhanced.
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