If you’re a parent and wondering what’s the right age to teach your children morals and how to behave with other people, it may be sooner than you think. Many parents often feel as if they don’t want to have long talks about values with their children until they have a reasonable mental capacity to fully understand what they’re teaching. However, children are given far less credit than they should be, because their minds may be young, but they absorb lessons like a sponge. You should start as soon as they can comprehend the basics of life, and the necessity of human interaction with the other kids. The values that you impart on them from a young age will take them through the very early stages of development and allow them to cope better with stressful situations that may arise in the future.
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Perhaps the most important intellectual conundrum they will come into contact with first is the concept of honesty. Being an honest person isn’t just about being nice or good, it’s about comprehending that they have a responsibility to behave in a manner which shows others they are dependable. It’s also about owning up to mistakes and wanting to learn from them. It’s a very philosophical ideal, to be truthful because lying is a form of distorting reality. Children should be encouraged to always tell the truth, even when they have done something bad. When they are, you should praise them for not hiding what they did, and always reward them a little bit for being brave. Children who don’t learn honesty, can become habitual fibbers, and blame other children for their misdeeds, which creates tension and a surefire way to lose friends.
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Visualizing good character
Children learn best, through play and watching others. Many T.V. shows have good characters which children can emulate and replicate their actions in real life. However, some of the best shows from the past are deemed too old to be reliable, but if you were born two decades ago and have great T.V. childhood memories, you know the value of some shows so It’s sad to see these shows go, check out this list: https://netflixupdate.com/titles-leaving-netflix-august-2017/ It features great kid’s stories and shows like, ‘Babe’, the pig who made friends with characters who were supposed to be his rivals. Television films like ‘Space Warriors’ shows how children can use their education to do extraordinary things and command space ships flying in outer space. Animated series like ‘Young Justice’ show the benefits of working in a team and doing something good purely for the sake of it.
Thinking things through
It’s incredibly important to teach kids, that although they will experience many powerful emotions, which they must not purely use them as a basis to justify their actions. This is a method parents should use to center their children and allow self-control to build slowly inside their minds. Children get into fights because they feel as if they’ve been wronged by another child, but, using physical violence to get the point across, does not bode well for their ability to cope with stressful situations later on in life. Sitting down with your children and teaching them, the concepts of logical and critical thinking may seem a far-fetched idea, but their minds are adaptable and more understanding than given credit for. It’s healthy to teach them, that just because they feel a certain way, it doesn’t mean that they should act out upon emotions and always try to learn from situations that they find difficult.
Teaching children about the values of friendship, personal character and being a good person, are life skills that will never leave them. It’s important to use visual stimulation to aid in these teachings, but most of all, just talk to them. Communication is the key to connection, and starting early, will set them up to being more centered people as they grow up.